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Walt Whitman to David McKay, 18 August 1884

 upa.00123.001_large.jpg Dear Sir[David McKay]

Please send me over [—] send right away if convenient [—] by express package

  • 25 Specimen Days
  • 3 Leaves of G
  • 2 Dr Bucke's WW
—Thirty copies altogether—which, as I make it, are yet coming to me—  upa.00123.003_large.jpg

David McKay (1860–1918) took over Philadelphia-based publisher Rees Welsh's bookselling and publishing businesses in 1881–82. McKay and Rees Welsh published the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass after opposition from the Boston District Attorney prompted James R. Osgood & Company of Boston, the original publisher, to withdraw. McKay also went on to publish Specimen Days & Collect, November Boughs, Gems from Walt Whitman, Complete Prose Works, and the final Leaves of Grass, the so-called deathbed edition. For more information about McKay, see Joel Myerson, "McKay, David (1860–1918)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).

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