Includes publisher's slipcase. Sandglass Number 11N laid in. Owner bookplate on front endpaper, slipcase edges a bit faded. 1937 Hard Cover. xli, 527 pp. 8vo. Original blue-green cloth, gilt titles & decorations, top page ridge blue-green to match boards. Illustrations by the famous artist Rockwell Kent throughout. This edition reproduced from the text of the edition authorized and editorially supervised by Whitman's literary executors. In 1855, Walt Whitman published — at his own expense — the first edition of Leaves of Grass, a visionary volume of twelve poems. Showing the influence of a uniquely American form of mysticism known as Transcendentalism, which eschewed the general society and culture of the time, the writing is distinguished by an explosively innovative free verse style and previously unmentionable subject matter. Exalting nature, celebrating the human body, and praising the senses and sexual love, the monumental work was condemned as immoral. Whitman continued evolving Leaves of Grass despite the controversy, growing his influential work decades after its first appearance by adding new poems with each new printing.