Excerpts from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass is a visual interpretation of celebrated poetry from Whitman’s most famous work. Artist Terry Haass designed the layout and created the illustrations. Her seven hors texte copperplate engravings with aquatint accompany Song of Myself, A Prairie Sunset, Soon Shall the Winter's Foil Be Here, and A Clear Midnight.

Haass’ prints are often noted for their luminous colors, and the engravings featured in this book are printed in rich green and earth tones. Although on the edge of abstraction, the prints nonetheless retain a strong botanical character.

The excerpts in this volume were selected by Sylvan Cole, Jr., president of Associated American Artists, a now defunct but nevertheless influential publisher of affordable prints by prominent artists which it sold, primarily by mail, to America’s middle class. The text of this volume was letterpress printed in 10 pt. Baskerville by Tournon & Cie. in Paris. The illustrations were printed by Lacourière-Frélaut, the atelier with whom Haass worked to create a number of her books and prints.

Loose as issued on Rives BFK paper, this book is protected by a heavyweight paper wrapper and a brown cloth-covered chemise with an inner lining of lime green paper. The chemise is housed in a matching cloth-covered slipcase.

This volume was published in a total edition of 173. The edition includes 7 copies on Auvergne handmade rag paper numbered I – VII with an extra suite of prints and a cancelled copperplate, 6 collaborators’ copies, 10 artist’s proofs on Auvergne paper, and 150 copies on Rives paper numbered 1/150 – 150/150.

This copy is number 148 and it is signed and numbered by the artist at the justification. Each print is individually signed and numbered by the artist as well.

 

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