riod of twenty-six years, Whitman had undertaken an extensive revision of what he termed his bible of democracy. There are three hundred and eighteen poems. This is the edition abandoned by the publishers because threatened with prosecution by the district attorney.
1889--EIGHTH EDITION. In celebration of the author's seventieth birthday, a special autograph edition of three hundred copies was issued.
1892--NINTH EDITION. Whitman supervised the make-up of this issue during his last illness.
1897--TENTH EDITION. Here appeared for the first time, Old Age Echoes, numbering thirteen poems.
1902--ELEVENTH AND DEFINITIVE EDITION. Issued by the literary executors of Walt Whitman--Horace L. Traubel, Richard Maurice Bucke, and Thomas B. Harned.
There have been six editions of Whitman's complete writings, and numerous selections from Leaves of Grass have been published under the editorship of well-known literary men--among them, William M. Rossetti, Ernest Rhys, W. T. Stead, and Oscar