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WHITMAN, WALT. Leaves of Grass

Philadelphia: David McKay, n.d. [c. 1892]

438 pp. Engraved portrait of Whitman after p. 28. Tiny ink stamp at foot of copyright page stating “Printed in U.S.” Original pale green wrappers, paper spine label. Very good. Cloth case.

A rare survival in original wrappers. This is an undated printing of McKay’s “Deathbed Edition,” complete with the full text extended to p. 438 and including the Hollyer portrait of Whitman at p. 28.

This printing, an effort to market Whitman in a cheap but complete edition, is not noted in Myerson.

Provenance: pencil inscription of C. L. Lewes dated 1896.

$800