Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman 1891- 2 - David McKay, Philadelphia - First &lsquo A fine first edition of the author's final arrangement of his magnum opus, done shortly before his death in March of 1892 on which he notes ‘As there are now several editions of L. of G., different texts and dates, I wish to say that I prefer and recommend this present one, complete, for future printing, if there should be any’.

The so-called ‘Deathbed Edition’, over 400 poems, including ‘
Sands At Seventy’, ‘1st Annex; Good Bye My Fancy’; ‘2nd Annex; A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads’, and ‘Portrait from Life’.

With steel engraved portrait of a 35 year old Whitman opposite page 29.
  David McKay (1860–1918) was a Scottish American publisher, who began his own publishing company in Philadelphia 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.

Large octavo (book size 22.2x16cm), pp. [2] 438 [4]. In publisher’s green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, cream paper endpapers, top edge gilt others untrimmed. First edition, title page with date 1891-’2 and address ‘23 South Ninth Street’, latest date on copyright page is 1891, spine with ‘
Complete 1892’ and facsimile signature in gilt. BAL binding C.
  Condition: Fine and partially unopened.   Ref: 111856   Price: HK$ 10,000