A Magnificent Copy of One of the Finest Books from the Grabhorn Press
GRABHORN PRESS. WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Comprising all the poems written by Walt Whitman following the arrangement of the edition of 1891-'2. New York: Random House , 1930.
Limited to 400 numbered copies (this being number 47), printed by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn at the Grabhorn Press in San Francisco. Large folio (14 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches; 368 x 251 mm.). [12, blank], [10], 423, [11, blank] pp. Thirty-seven woodcuts by Valenti Angelo. Printed in handset Goudy New Style on Unbleached Arnold paper.

Original quarter red niger over beveled Philippine mahogany boards. Publisher’s device carved into front cover. Spine lettered in black with five raised bands, red niger hinges, wood veneer endpapers. Top edge trimmed, others uncut. Corners slightly worn as usual. The faintest of splashing along extreme bottom edge. Overall a near fine copy.

“One of the Fifty Books of the Year. The largest undertaking of the Grabhorn Press to date. It took over a year to print, and was partially set up many times before the printers achieved a satisfactory style. As originally planned, the book was to have no illustrations; and spaces were left at the beginning of all divisions for large script initials to be printed in vermilion. After the first initial was printed, however, the idea was abandoned because the letters were not of satisfactory design and because the whole effect was too spectacular; and the spaces left for initials were filled in with rough woodcuts made from very soft basswood” (Grabhorn Bibliography).

Grabhorn Bibliography 138. Huntington Library, Great Books in Great Editions, p. 65.

HBS # 68102 $3,500