Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass

originally published:
Brooklyn : Printed by Andrew and James Rome for the Author
May 1855

The first edition, photograph courtesy of a private collector.


  • First Book(1855)
  • Johnson Highspot of American Literature(1855)
  • Library of Congress 88 Books That Shaped America(1855)

reference info

bio notes:
born: 5/31/1819
died: 3/26/1892
born as: Walter Whitman
nationality: USA

American journalist, essayist, and poet whose style of writing in such works as Leaves of Grass (first edition, 1855) revolutionized American literature. Such poems as "I Sing the Body Electric" and "Song of Myself" asserted the beauty of the human body, physical health, and sexuality. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Collecting tips:

Whitman may well be the great American poet. Because he published so much of his own work, his bibliography can be complicated and detailed. Leaves of Grass (first edition, 1855 - but which he continued to expand upon for most of the rest of his life) exists in two states, and at least three bindings, but suffice it to say that any copy dated in 1855 is desirable, and will be commensurately expensive.