by Whitman, Walt; Daugherty, James (editor and illustrator)
Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1964. First edition of this striking collection of Walt Whitman for young readers, edited and illustrated by Newbery medalist James Daugherty. Included are excerpts of Whitman's most beloved poems, including "Song of Myself," "Song of the Open Road," "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," and his elegy for Lincoln, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd": "O ever-returning spring! trinity sure to me you bring; / Lilac blooming perennial, and drooping star in the west, / And thought of him I love." The second half of the collection is devoted to Whitman's prose, primarily his writings on the Civil War. Daugherty's lithographs celebrate the lives of working men and women, soldiers and laborers and pioneers, with a clear allusion to Marian Anderson's concert at the Lincoln Memorial in his illustration for "I Hear America Singing." A near-fine copy. Large octavo, original brown cloth lettered in gilt, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Illustrated with tinted lithographs on every page. Two tiny spots to upper board, faint mark to upper righthand corner of front jacket panel.
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