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Leaves of Grass - WHITMAN, Walt - 1882. 
Philadelphia: Rees, Welsh & Co.,, 1882. Octavo. Original ochre cloth, titles gilt to spine and front, blue endpapers. Portrait plate inserted facing Song of Myself. Contemporary ink ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Slight rubbing to ends and corners, a sound and fresh copy in excellent condition. First edition thus, the seventh overall, quite scarce, and a very nice copy. This is the first Philadelphia edition to be printed following the book's censorship in the previous year, Osgood's edition having been labelled by the Massachusetts Attorney General as "Obscene and Ordered To Be Removed From Sale". Osgood refused to publish further, expressing concern to Whitman that "We are ... naturally reluctant to be identified with any legal proceedings in a matter of this nature". Rees, Welsh & Co boldly took up the text, under the direction of a young David McKay, printing from plates of the Boston edition of 1881, though with some alterations. They produced four printings thus (all indistinguishable from one another) before the plates were issued under McKay's own imprint. This copy has the inserted portrait plate of Whitman following page 28, facing the beginning of Song of Myself. It also has a clipped portrait of Whitman with butterfly to the front pastedown, and some additional clipped Whitman poems to rear pastedown.
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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