Leaves of Grass.

Whitman, Walt

  • Publication details - Philadelphia: David McKay
  • Date - 1884


Stock Number: 2654 Category: Tags: , ,

8vo, pp. 382 + frontispiece. Twentieth-century half green morocco, marbled boards, spine divided by raised bands, second and third compartments gilt-lettered direct, the others with central gilt leaf tools, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Spine sunned to brown.


An attractively-bound copy of a later issue of the first Philadelphia edition - the seventh overall - and the first book issued under his own name by the Scottish emigre publisher David McKay (1860-1918). The 1881 sixth edition, published by Osgood in Boston, fell afoul of Massachusetts obscenity law and was withdrawn. McKay, acting for his employer Rees Welsh, offered to take it up and did so, with their 1882 edition going through numerous printings. In the same year McKay bought out his employers and subsequent issues in 1883 and 1884 (as this one) had his name on the title-page.

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