Joel Myerson, ed. The Walt Whitman archive: a facsimile of the poet’s manuscripts. New York: Garland, 1993-.
Walt Whitman’s blue book: the 1860-61 Leaves of Grass containing his manuscript additions and revisions. New York: New York Public Library, 1968.
The items listed below represent some of the earliest editions of Whitman’s poetry and prose housed in Special Collections. Along with the book and manuscript material listed here, the Whitman Collection also contains a number of early pamphlets and copies of original periodicals like The Democratic Review, which published Whitman’s early poems and stories.
Franklin Evans, or The inebriate: a tale of the times. New York: J. Winchester, 1842.
Leaves of Grass (first edition). Brooklyn, NY, 1855.
Leaves of Grass (second edition). Brooklyn, NY, 1856.
Leaves of Grass (third edition). Boston: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860.
Leaves of Grass (fourth edition). New-York : W.E. Chapin & Co., printers, 1867.
Drum-taps. New York, 1865.
Leaves of Grass (fifth edition). New York; Washington, DC, 1871.
Call number: Vault Collection 811.38 L46 1871
Democratic vistas. New York: J.S. Redfield, 1871.
Two rivulets: including Democratic vistas, Centennial songs, and Passage to India. Camden, NJ, 1876. BYU’s copy 1 is a presentation copy from the author to Mary F. Davis (see above).
“The Prairie States, 1880.” Handwritten and signed poem.
Specimen days; & Collect. Philadelphia: Rees Welsh & Co., 1882
November Boughs. Philadelphia: D. McKay, 1888. Inscribed by Whitman and by Thomas B. Harned, his literary executor.
Good-bye my fancy. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1891.
Calamus: a series of letters written during the years 1868-1880. Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., 1897.
The complete writings of Walt Whitman. New York; London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1902. 10 volumes; limited edition no. 105 of 300.