Author: Walt Whitman
Publisher: Portland Maine Published by Thomas B. Mosher 1904
Limited edition of 50 numbered copies printed on Japan vellum of which forty are for sale, this no. 20. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of the author with a facsimile inscription to Horace Traubel, who wrote the Foreword.
8vo., original Japan vellum-covered stiff paper wrappers, with yapp edges at top and fore-edge. Label with information about Abraham Lincoln pasted to rear wrapper. Spine of book lightly tanned, and minor soiling on book concurrent with the cut-out on the slipcase for the finger pull. Housed in paper slipcase, which is slightly worn and soiled.
Contains the four poems that became "Memories of President Lincoln" when they were reprinted together in the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass. "O Captain! My Captain!" was published seven months after Lincoln's assassination and was Whitman's tribute to the president he greatly admired. This collection also includes seven additional poems inspired by the American Civil War and variously reprinted from Drum-Taps and Leaves of Grass, as well as "Beat! Beat! Drums!," which was published at the beginning of the war and was a rally cry for the Union army.
A handsomely produced edition of Whitman’s verse. Mosher reissued the poems in 1906 and 1912. This earlier edition printed in smaller quantities on Japan vellum is listed at many institutions but seems scarce (presumably because of the institutional copies) in the marketplace.