Philadelphia: Rees Welsh, 1882. Hardcover. 8vo (7.3 in, 18.5 cm). [2 ad] [ii], 382  pp.; port.
First thus: First Philadelphia edition. Walt Whitman (1819–1892) is considered one of the most influential American poets. Originally printed in 1855, Leaves of Grass was a controversial collection of poetry for its time due to its overt sexuality. This edition was largely a reprint of the Boston 1881-1882 suppressed edition, whose publisher stopped issuing the work on the suggestion of obscenity by the Massachusetts attorney general. Leaves of Grass was a continual work in progress by Whitman. At least sixteen alterations were made here including the addition of "returning in reminiscence," and the replacement of "the slaughter and environment" by "the craft, the fatal environment."
BAL 21419. Johnson 528. Slip inserted between front endpapers announcing Specimen Days as ready in September and advertising Leaves of Grass. Original mustard cloth with gilt pictorial design of a butterfly and gilt lettering to spine; gilt signature to front cover. Top edge brown as colored. Tissue-guarded, steel-engraved portrait by Samuel Hollyer from a daguerreotype by Gabriel Harrison. Endpapers light gray with faint pattern. Spine ends creased with short tears, cloth lightly worn, tissue guard foxed with light transfer to adjacent portrait and page. Tight and clean Philadelphia edition with slip tipped-in. Very good. Item #841
Slip tipped in.