Author: Swinton, William
Title: Rambles Among Words: Their Poetry, History and Wisdom
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1859
302 pp. (8vo) 18.5x12 cm (7¼x5") original blindstamped brown cloth, gilt spine. First Edition.
It is rumored that Walt Whitman collaborated with Swinton on this book. While there appears to be enough cumulated evidence to support this conjecture, not everyone is in agreement. The exact extent of Whitman's involvement in this book is debated but he may have authored the important final two chapters on the developmental theory of English ("Through speech man realizes and incarnates himself...") and on language in America. Scarce.