Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. With photographs by Edward Weston. Introduction by Mark Van Doren. Limited Editions Club, New York, 1942. Vol. I, xxix + 123 pp.; Vol. II, 124-264 pp. Small folios. No. 1104 in an edition of 1500. SIGNED and numbered on colophon page. Illustrated boards with leather labels. 50 black-and-white reproductions.
NOTE: Vol. I cover shown in original protective glassine.
The Limited Editions Club commissioned these photos from Weston, which he took "in an extensive tour of democratic America" in 1941 and 1942, following the success of California and the West. During the seven-month trip he and Charis Wilson took, "America was getting geared up to enter the Second World War...The night before they started out, President Roosevelt made his 'Unlimited Emergency Proclamation.' On their journey they would often read Whitman's poems out loud to each other at night until they fell asleep, but as Charis writes, 'in general (we) found Walt to grandiloquent... In truth, Edward didn't give a hoot about Leaves of Grass - he was having the time of his life.'--reference, Edward Weston--Final Journey
Fine in Very Good slipcase; original protective acetate present, but chipped and torn; replaced with protective paper; bindings of both volumes tight and square; clean pages; backstrip of slipcase detached at three of four points; label worn and chipped.