New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, Knickerbocker Press, 1902. Hardcover. 2/32, signed by the publisher, Jeanette L. Gilder and the notary. Quarto. 294, 323, 318pp. with Vol. IV, 282pp., Vol. V, 300pp., Vol. VII, 309pp. Publisher's Deluxe original light brown Morocco binding with decorative gilt, green and pink floral design, gilt ruling on covers and spine; raised bands. Inside covers in light brown Morocco with gilt floral design with red accents, gilt ruling and floral inlay in purple and green with gilt outline on green leather square in centers. Top edges gilt. Bottom and foredge untrimmed. Green silk moire endpapers. Silk ribbon markers. No. 2 of 32 sets of the Author's Manuscript Edition, numbered and signed by the publisher on colophon, retaining the original manuscript leaf in volume one.
Printed on Whatman handmade paper with frontispiece in two states, the manuscript leaf bound into the first volume, preceded by certification leaf signed by Jeanette L. Gilder, with seal and signature of the notary, dated May 19, 1902. Two frontispiece portraits of Whitman, one in color, one in b/w, etched by Jaques Reich from the same photograph by Thomas Eakins, with printed tissue guard indicating it to be Whitman's last photograph. Title page with elaborated floral design in green, title printed in red, and green lettering in green double frame.
The enclosed manuscript page is from Whitman's "Specimen Days & Collect," first printed by Rees Welsh & Co., Philadelphia, 1882, on page 180., and reproduced in the New England Magazine, New Series. August, 1892, Volume VI, No. 6, and quoted Sylvester Baxter in "Walt Whitman in Boston," pp. 714–721, on page 717. The manuscript consists of twenty-two lines (8 x 4 5/8") with fifteen hand corrections in the text. With three additional volumes, IV, V, and VII, from the same set of "The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman," 2/32, all signed and numbered by the publisher. Near fine condition. Item #47111