Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Illustrated by Lewis C. Daniel
Published by Doubleday, Doran & Co., New York in 1940
Signed Custom Binding by Samuel Ellenport, The Harcourt Bindery
Binding Details: Designed and executed in 1998, the binding is full green goatskin leather over boards featuring crimson and scarlet leather onlays. There are raised spine bands with gold gilted floral decorations and title appearing on the spine, hand marbled endpapers, full gold gilt edges, and gold dentelles on the inside covers. The book measures 11” x 9”. The Harcourt Bindery label appears on the bottom of the last free endpaper.
The book is housed in a green leather and cloth clamshell box with author and title in gold gilt on the spine.
Samuel Ellenport’s binding of Leaves of Grass was selected for inclusion in the Guild of Book Workers 100th Anniversary Exhibition held at the Grolier Club, New York in 2006.
Book Details: Originally published in 1855, this edition was published by Doubleday, Doran & Co., New York in 1940 and contains 61 selections of Whitman's celebration of his philosophy of life and humanity that were selected by Christopher Morley who also wrote the introduction. The book features 30 color and black-and-white illustrations by Lewis C. Daniel.
About Samuel Ellenport: Samuel Ellenport was born in 1943, and was educated at Amherst, Brown University, and Oxford. A sometime teacher of history, he bought the Harcourt Bindery in 1971. He is an active book collector, lecturer, and writer about the history of bookbinding. Among his writings is the Future of Hand Bookbinding published in 1993. He was instrumental in the establishment of the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and was Chair of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, helping formulate chapter development during the 1970s and 1980s.
Condition Report: Both the book and clamshell box are in FINE condition.
Photographs of the binding and clamshell box appear in the photo section of the listing.