Good-bye My Fancy 2D Annex to Leaves of Grass.

Good-bye My Fancy 2D Annex to Leaves of Grass.
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Philadelphia: David McKay, Publisher, 1891. Tall, thin 8vo., 66 pp., frontisportrait of the author with tissue guard. Maroon cloth with gilt text on front cover, mylar dust jacket, top-edge gilt, fore-edge and tail-edge untrimmed, largely unopened. Corners, head, and tail of binding slightly bumped, one inch tear to p. 43-44; very good copy. Bookplate of Bill Bauer to terminal pastedown. First edition, large paper copy. BAL Binding B, with spine title measuring 4 7/8’. Written toward the end of Whitman’s life, while he was ill, “During the last two years I have sent out, in the lulls of illness and exhaustion, certain chirps—lingering-dying ones probably (undoubtedly)—which now I may as well gather and put in fair type while able to see correctly...” Whitman prefaces the work by stating it’s intention as a memorial to his time with wounded soldiers during the Civil War years. BAL 21440. (Item Id: 107490)

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