Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Illustrated by Rockwell Kent (Book acquired, 3 Feb. 2018)

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I couldn’t pass up on this illustrated Heritage Press copy of Leaves of Grass. I’m not sure of the exact date of publication, but this nice long post on the book suggests it was likely published in 1950 and designed in the mid-thirties.

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My daughter and I were browsing the poetry section of our favorite used bookshop—quite randomly actually—and she pulled this volume of Leaves of Grass downward like a lever, pretending it might open a secret passage. It didn’t open a secret passage, but when she pushed it back again, I saw Kent’s name on the spine. I love Kent’s work, and I’m a huge Whitman fan, and my copy of Leaves of Grass is literally falling apart. Plus only $10 and I had plenty of store credit…so…

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I’ll share some of the illustrations and verses over the next few months—a nice excuse to go through Leaves of Grass again.

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5 thoughts on “Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Illustrated by Rockwell Kent (Book acquired, 3 Feb. 2018)”

  1. Hi
    My thoughts, what a stunning book. I love the pairing of Whitman and Rockwell Kent, I keep a copy of Moby Dick with his illustrations next to the bed.

    I just found your site today, it is beautifully presented, the photographs and illustrations you have chosen are lovely. And I am always enjoy reading about the books/treasures that other people find.

    Happy Reading
    Guy

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  2. I bought that same edition at your favorite bookstore near Jackson Square for trade in credit, also. I happened to spie it in a pile of books that hadn’t been processed in yet.

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