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Very first appearance of Walt Whitman's poem "LIFE"...



Item # 672528

April 15, 1888

NEW YORK HERALD, April 15, 1888 

* Walt Whitman's "LIFE"
* First appearance in printing
* Would appear later in "Leaves of Grass"

The 5th column of page 16 has the poem titled: "LIFE", signed in block type, WALT WHITMAN - this being the very first appearance of this poem as verified by the Walt Whitman Archive. It is very significant as such.  It would later appear in his noteworthy compilation, "Leaves of Grass".
Complete in 32 pages, light toning with more at the edges, a few small edge tears, a cutout on pg. 17 which does not impact critical content, partially loose at the spine, quite fragile & must be handled carefully. For the era, the condition is typical.

Item from Catalog 298 (released for September, 2020)...

Category: Post-Civil War