American Classics Firsts

Classic American authors

Paul Laurence Dunbar. Lyrics of the Hearthside. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1899. First edition. Good +.

First edition. Hardcover. Good +/none as issued. First edition [BAL 4925]. Green cloth with gold floral design, title and author in gold. Frontispiece of Dunbar protected by original tissue. Top edge gilt. Fore and bottom edge leaves untrimmed and alternating in position among the gatherings. Some chipping to these untrimmed edges. Head and tail worn, with small tear. Front edge of joint rubbed. Corners bumped. Some soiling and fading to top edge of cover. Binding is sturdy and sound, pages clean and bright save for toning at foredge. 227 pp. Octodecimo, 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches tall.

Harlem Renaissance poet.

Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens]. Extracts from Adam’s Diary translated from the original MS. London: Harper & Bros., 1904. First separate edition. Very Good.

First separate edition. Hardcover. Very Good/none as issued. Illustrated by F. Strothman. Very good. Title page reads: London and New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers : : MCMIV. Red cloth boards with yellow title and full-color printing of Adam at his journal with 2 monkeys. Seven gatherings with printer’s marks. Covers soiled from handling. Sunning to spine. Thick paper with mild foxing on a few pages. 89 pp. Large duodecimo, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches tall.

A comic short story of what it must have been like for Adam when the world was new…


Mark Twain. Roughing it (in one volume). Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz 1880 [1883] authorized edition

Very Good copy with owner’s name, “J. Goldberg, Heidelberg Oct. 13 1883” written on flyleaf. 295 pp. Worn hardcover, original publisher’s green boards (scuffed) with quarter cloth spine. Corners bumped and cloth worn away on corners. Spine bumped. Spine shows: “Roughing it Mark Twain” on a hand-written spine label. 5″x 6.5″ tall. Conforms to Todd & Bowden b.

Zamorano 80 list. Publisher’s boards — these were the boards items were shipped in with the expectation the book would be custom-bound by the owner for a private library.

Walt Whitman. Leaves of Grass. [Deathbed Edition]. Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: Franklin Mint, 1979. Franklin Library Edition. Very Good +.

Hardcover. Very Good +/none as issued. Original 1/2 green leather stamped in green over green cloth with gilt leaf stamping on the upper cover and on the spine. Two raised bands. All edges gilt. Wear and light dust on front cover. Minor foxing to copyright page. Green, gold and brown marbled endpapers. Green satin ribbon marker. Illustrated with photographs of Whitman’s America. 536 pp. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 inches tall.

This is the “Deathbed Edition” of Whitman’s life work. In January 1892, two months before Whitman’s death, an announcement was published in the New York Herald:

Walt Whitman wishes respectfully to notify the public that the book Leaves of Grass, which he has been working on at great intervals and partially issued for the past thirty-five or forty years, is now completed, so to call it, and he would like this new 1892 edition to absolutely supersede all previous ones. Faulty as it is, he decides it as by far his special and entire self-chosen poetic utterance.

By the time this last edition was completed, Leaves of Grass had grown from a small book of 12 poems to a hefty tome of almost 400 poems.

Walt Whitman. Leaves of Grass [Standard executor’s text]. Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press, 1977. Collector’s Edition. Fine.

Collector’s Edition. Hardcover. Fine/none as issued. Rockwell Kent. Appears unread. Part of the 100 Greatest Books Ever Written series. Full leather-bound hardcover, no dust jacket as issued. Bound in green leather, hand selected from individually tanned hides. Raised bands. Elaborately stamped with 22 kt. gold. Satin moiré endpapers. All edges gilt. Satin ribbon page marker bound into book. 527 pp. includes index. Octavo.

Contains 1902 standard text of the poem as published by his executors for Whitman’s Complete Works.

Walt Whitman; Clifton Furness, ed. Walt Whitman’s Workshop: A Collection of Unpublished Manuscripts. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1928. First printing.

Hardcover. Very Good/none as issued. This edition is limited to 750 copies and the type has been distributed. Unnumbered copy. Quarter cloth leather spine with grey paper boards. Corners wearing, leather missing 1/8″ at head of spine. Leather has a long thin indentation on front. Raised bands. Pp. 1-10 have small, uniform chip on lower right. Cream endpapers. Pages untrimmed, clean and sound. Thick paper. Embossed English department stamp, no other markings, not ex-library. 265 pp. including notes. Small quarto, 8 x 11 inches tall.

Includes facsimiles of Whitman’s original MS and letters.

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