Whitman, Walt.( 1819-1892). Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Collector's Edition bound in Genuine Leather the Easton Press, Norwalk, CT. 1977. First published in 1855 with only 12 poems. From 1856 to 1892, eight further editions were published under Whitman's supervision, each incorporating revisions and additional poems. The permanent order of the poems was established in the seventh edition (1881). The original reface has been restored in this complete and unabridged text. this book is printed on archival quality paper especially milled for this addition. It is acid-neutral and conforms to all guidelines established for permanence and durability by the Council of Library Resources and the american National standards Institute.
The poems of Leaves of Grass are loosely connected and each represents Whitman's celebration of his philosophy of life and humanity. This book is notable for its discussion of delight in sensual pleasures during a time when such candid displays were considered immoral. Where much previous poetry, especially English, relied on symbolism, allegory, and meditation on the religious and spiritual,......Whitman does not diminish the role of the mind or the spirit; rather, he elevates the human form and the human mind, deeming both worthy of poetic praise. (from Wikipedia)