Leaves of Grass: WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892) Leaves of Grass: WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892)

Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892)

Published by David McKay, No. 23 South Ninth Street, Philadelphia, 1884
Condition: Fine- Hardcover
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Reprint of the Rees Welsh edition of 1882 (which, in turn, reprinted the sixth, banned edition published in Boston), with integral title page; in effect, the second Philadelphia edition. 8vo: 382pp, single leaf with Samuel Hollyer 's steel-engraved portrait of Whitman and tissue guard inserted following p. 28. Publisher's finely woven mustard-yellow S cloth (BAL binding A), spine and upper cover lettered and decorated in gilt, mottled blue vein-pattern end papers. A superb example, about Fine, binding square and tight, gilt undiminished, contents clean, fresh, and bright. BAL 21630. Myerson. Grolier American 100, 67. In June, 1882, Whitman signed an agreement with the Philadelphia publisher Rees Welsh & Co. to bring out Leaves of Grass using the Osgood plates of the sixth, banned edition. (On March 1, the District Attorney of Boston advised James R. Osgood & Co. that Leaves of Grass fell "within the provisions of the Public Statutes respecting obscene literature" and advised Osgood to "withdraw" and "suppress" the book. Osgood asked Whitman to expunge the offending passages; Whitman, by and large, refused, and Osgood "decline[d] to further circulate the book.") That same year, in October, after Rees Welsh had issued the first Philadelphia edition, David McKay, a young Scottish immigrant, took over the business from Rees Welsh and became Whitman's friend, strong supporter, and publisher. Two years later, McKay reprinted the Rees Welsh edition of 1882 with new title page and binding to match the banned Osgood edition. "Whitman's name appears twice on the binding, once in a gold stamped framed facsimile autograph on the front cover, and again on the spine, where the name forms the very ground of the 'Leaves of Grass' that appear above his name in both words and visual emblems, as if the leaves are literally growing from Walt Whitman. . . . And on down the spine is Whitman's beloved hand and butterfly emblem, now with the butterfly-soul appearing on the verge of taking leave of the body-hand: Whitman, still suffering the aftereffects of a stroke, was now convinced his life was near its end. The odd yellowish-olive cast of the cover cloth suggests autumn now instead of the summer-green of the early editions, and the tall grass on the spine looks like hay ready for the harvest. . . . Whitman never again created a new edition of Leaves, though he did add two 'annexes' and repackaged the book in different ways." (Folsom, Whitman Making Books/Books Making Whitman) N.B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1422

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Title: Leaves of Grass

Publisher: David McKay, No. 23 South Ninth Street, Philadelphia

Publication Date: 1884

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine-

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Early Reprint.

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