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Title: Samuel W. Green to Walt Whitman, 3 May 1876

Date: May 3, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01723

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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Printer, Stereotyper, Electrotyper, and Binder,
3 May, 1876

Walt Whitman, Esq
431 Stevens St. Camden, N. J.
Dear Sir:

I have your letter of yesterday,1 and the "Leaves of Grass" with corrections. The making of the corrections, Paper like the sample [indeed?], and printing of 600 copies, 348 pages, will come to $157. If I have an order to that effect from you day after tomorrow morning, I will have the 600 copies ready for the Binder, as you ask, three weeks from to-day, 24 May, in unfolded sheets.

I am also ready to bind them as you may direct, and will give figures if you indicate the style.

Yours truly
S.W. Green

Samuel W. Green was listed in Goulding's New York City Directory (1877–1878) as a printer at 18 Jacob St., with a home at 123 Livingston St. in Brooklyn. Among his skills and services, Green listed a "book and job department," a "stereotype and electrotype foundry," "bookbindery," and "printing of every description" (Lawrence G. Goulding & Co., Directory, 1877–1878, 3:545). Green printed the sheets of Whitman's As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free (1872) in an edition of 572 copies, 300 of which were bound. Green later printed the pages of the 1876 Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets. For more information on books by Whitman that were printed by Green, see Ed Folsom, Whitman Making Books/Books Making Whitman: A Catalog and Commentary (University of Iowa: Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, 2005).


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