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    Walt Whitman. Leaves of Grass. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1891-'2. Twelfth printing, second issue, with Whitman's 7-line note to the copyright page authorizing this text for future printings. Together with an Autographed Letter Signed. Octavo. 438 pages; title page and last general contents leaf (pages 7-8) are cancels. Illustrated with one portrait of the author. Publisher's forest green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, "LEAVES / of / GRASS / Complete / 1892. / Walt Whitman [facsimile autograph] / DMcKay." Corners rubbed, moderate edgewear, head and foot of spine pushed and somewhat worn, spine darkened, somewhat rubbed. Front hinge weak, rear hinge cracked. Internally generally clean, top edge trimmed and gilt, other edges untrimmed; pages unopened, some gutters overextended, text block toned along margins and edges, edges somewhat worn and chipped. Very good.

    [Together with]: Autographed Letter Signed to "Dave," presumably David McKay, publisher. Letter reads, in full: Camden NJ [Evening] Nov. 21 '90. / Dave I wish you w[oul]d have two copies / "November Boughs" sent to the Librarian / U. S. Washington D. C. I have none to send. Enclosed is the / address-label - no post stamps required. / Walt Whitman.
    Written on the back of a short letter from Wm. H. Hodgson, proprietor of the West Chester, PA newspaper Daily Local News, addressed to Walt Whitman, requesting an autograph. Paper slightly toned, minor soiling, a bit of dampstaining to verso, single fold through "W" and "a" in "Walt," "a" and "l" in "Walt" a bit light, otherwise letter and signature dark and strong, in black ink.

    This edition is known as the "Deathbed Edition," owing to the fact that Whitman's failing health necessitated the need to produce the final edition of this title with all his preferred edits for future reprintings.

    BAL 21441, Printing 2, Binding C; Myerson A2.7.l2 Binding D.


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