Walt Whitman autograph manuscript beats estimate at Bonhams

An autograph manuscript for Walt Whitman's The Voice of the Rain has realised $52,500 at Bonhams New York.

The lot beat its $50,000 by 5% in the September 22 Fine Books and Manuscripts sale.

Walt Whitman
The Voice of the Rain was included in Whitman's Leaves of Grass

It's written in the poet's own hand and displays various corrections and deviations from the final text, including the title - which was originally "A Rain Enigma".

An inscription accompanying the work reads: "To Wayland Hyatt Smith / with both hands / Horace Traubel / November / 1895."

Traubel wrote Walt Whitman in Camden, an exhaustive biography of the poet's final years spread across several volumes and 2.5m words.

He also founded the Walt Whitman Fellowship International.

A broadside printed in New Orleans in 1769, limiting any increase in the city's bars, cabarets and pool halls, sold for $35,000 - up 133.3% on a $15,000 estimate.

Alejandro O'Reilly, who took on the role of viceroy in the region after it passed into Spanish hands, was responsible for issuing the edict.

McMurtie pointed out in a history of the city that it "tends to show that New Orleans has not changed so much in three half-centuries, [and] points out that one of the principal causes of disorder in the city is the large number of inns, billiard halls, and cabarets then in operation."

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