"...I have succeeded in getting you... a two Vol. set (in perfect order half leather bindings) of Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets ed'n 1876...$6.66 (...one-third off)," writes Walt Whitman. The great American poet, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated this year and particularly in June, sells his best known poem, “Leaves of Grass” at a 30% discount. Whitman sells the book to New York publishers Dick & Fitzgerald. He signs in strong full signature, "Walt Whitman." The letter is framed with the frontispiece to the first edition of Whitman’s “Specimen Days & Collect” (Philadelphia, 1882), in archival cream colored mat and double sided UV filtered glass with opening on back to show the address portion of the post card. Dimensions: Frame 15 inches x 12 inches; letter is 5.25 inches x 3 inches, Whitman print is 3.75 inches x 5.75 inches. The 1888 letter offers insight into Whitman's active distribution of his famous verse.
The letter is partially published in the Collected Letters, letter 1674. In fine condition. Whitman’s best known poem, "Leaves of Grass," was published first in 1855 and "Two Rivulets" in 1876. He moved to Camden, New Jersey in the early 1870s and remained there for the rest of his life. In the year our letter, 1888, Whitman's "November Boughs" was published by David McKay.