Philadelphia: Billstein & Son, 1892. First edition. Softcover. Quarto. 34pp. . Beige-grey wrappers with black lettering on the front cover. Signed by Horace Traubel in ink on the title page. This work records the content of the statements, speeches and readings made by those present at the memorial of acclaimed American poet Walt Whitman, which took place at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, New Jersey, on March 30th, 1892.
Throughout his life, Whitman had cultivated a sizable group of friends and peers among many fellow literary figures and significant intellectuals of they day. Among those who spoke at the memorial were poet and writer Edmund Clarence Stedman (1833-1908), archaeologist and ethnologist Daniel Garrison Brinton (1837-1899), psychiatrist Richard Maurice Bucke (1837-1902), politician, lawyer and orator Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899), and naturalist John Burroughs (1837-1921).
The second half of the publication, titled "Sprigs of Lilac", is a collection of short responses from various friends, admirers and notable figures to the death of Whitman; those not present at the service. These figures include Alfred Lord Tennyson, English poet John Addington Symonds (1840 – 1893), English writer William Michael Rossetti (1829 – 1919), bookseller and bibliographer H. Buxton Forman (1842-1917), English poet and philosopher Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), Irish writer T.W. Rolleston (1857-1920), writer William Sloane Kennedy (1850-1929), writer Hannibal Hamlin Garland (1860 – 1940), journalist and writer Sylvester Baxter (1850–1927), poet writer and editor of the Atlantic Monthly, Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907), and poet and editor Richard Watson Gilder (1844-1909), among many others.
Wrappers with some chipping and cracking along the spine, chipping to some corners, age toning along edges and a few light smudges and water stains. Interior with some chipping to the top corners of the first few pages. Wrappers in good-, interior in very good- condition overall. Protected by modern mylar. g- to vg-. Item #44756
*Alternate title on the cover: "Good-Bye and Hail Walt Whitman".
*Horace Traubel (1858–1919), was an American poet, essayist, and publisher. Associated with the "Arts and Crafts" movement in the United States, Traubel published a number of magazines including the literary magazine "The Conservator" from 1890 until 1919 as well as the "The Artsman" and the socialist publication "The Worker". He was a close friend, literary executor and a biographer of Walt Whitman.