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80 Walt Whitman 1819-1892
Leaves of Grass
Brooklyn, New York, 1855
The Moncure D. Conway copy of the first edition, first issue, of Leaves of Grass is autographed by Whitman on the title page. Laid in the volume is the holograph letter from Whitman to Conway, July 21, 1870, stating that "a verbatim copy of Emerson's note" is being sent. The note referred to, copied entirely in Whitman's handwriting, also accompanies the volume; it is Emerson's well-known letter of July 21, 1855, in which he praises Leaves of Grass in the highest terms and greets Whitman "at the beginning of a great career."
Gift of Solton and Julia Engel

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