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    The Suppressed Boston Edition of Leaves of Grass

    Walt Whitman. Leaves of Grass. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1881-82.

    Seventh edition, known generally as the "suppressed Boston edition." One of 1,010 first printing copies of such with Whitman portrait at page 28. Twelvemo. 382 pages.

    Publisher's original mustard cloth with gilt titles and spine decoration. Minimal shelf wear, dust-soiling, rubbing, and spotting to boards and textblock edge. Cloth bubbling in a few tiny areas on the boards. Spine somewhat darkened. All in all, a tight copy in near fine condition.

    Previous owner Daniel Parkhurst's signature dated 1881 on the title page and front flyleaf, where he has additionally written out eleven lines of Whitman's "To a Certain Civilian." Parkhurst was an artist and author of art instruction books.

    "Whitman's bad luck with Boston publishers held until the end, for soon after James R. Osgood and Company brought out the 1881-82 edition of Leaves of Grass the District Attorney of Boston threatened prosecution if the book were not withdrawn from the mails or expurgated. When Whitman refused permission to delete any lines whatever, Osgood abandoned publication and turned the plates over to the author, who soon secured a new publisher in Rees Walsh and Company, Philadelphia, and the book was reissued in 1882." (Gay Wilson Allen: The New Walt Whitman Handbook, p. 147)

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