Leaves of Grass. Including a Fac-simile autobiography variorum readings of the poems and a department of Gathered Leaves - Walt Whitman 1900 - David McKay, Philadelphia - First Edition Thus A finely bound collection of Whitman’s Poems, which includes those poems that were dropped from the different editions, as well as notes to compare the many changes made to the poems by Whitman over the course of their various publications. With engraved portrait frontispiece, numerous illustrations and facsimiles, and an introduction by David McKay, who became Whitman’s publisher after ‘Leaves of Grass’ was declared obscene literature in 1882.

In 1855 Walt Whitman published his first collection of poetry,
Leaves of Grass. The volume received great praise from leading Transcendentalist poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. This encouraged what would become a lifelong project as Whitman expanded and rewrote the volume until his death in 1892. Whitman's innovative use of free verse and the quotidian achieved his aim of reaching out to the everyday American.
  David McKay (1860–1918) was a Scottish American publisher, who began his own publishing company in Phildelphia in 1852. After the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass was declared "obscene literature" by the district attorney of Massachusetts, and Whitman refused to delete the offending passages, the publisher, James R. Osgood of Boston, withdrew and sold the plates and stock to Whitman on 17 May 1882. On 5 June, McKay wrote Whitman on behalf of Rees Welsh and offered to publish the book. A contract was signed on 22 July and a new edition of Leaves was published on 17 or 18 July, rapidly going through five printings under the Rees Welsh imprint. McKay "formally bo't out and assumed" Rees Welsh's business in October, and thereafter was Whitman's American publisher.

Reference: LeMaster Kummings,
Whalt Whitman, 1998.

Thick octavo (binding size 21x15cm). pp. [4] xiii [1] 11-567 [5].
  Bound in full green crushed morocco, spine lettered and decorated ingilt, marbled ednpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut.   Condition: Near fine, some chipping to edges of delicate and toned paper, small archival repaired chip to frontis and two small tears, in fine binding.   Ref: 109647   Price: HK$ 8,000