WHITMAN, Walt. Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman 1855...1888 Authenticated & Personal Book (Handled by W.W.) ... Portraits from Life ...Autograph. Original 3/4 green cloth and marbled boards, printed paper spine label, housed in custom red morocco-backed cloth folding box. [Camden, NJ]: 1888. ,382,374,140,2pp., plus four plates of illustrations, including frontis. Accompanied by a small collection of ephemera (see below). Frontis. BAL 21431 (binding A). MYERSON A2.7.m (binding A). Presentation copy, inscribed by Whitman on the front free endpaper to "Maurice Buxton Forman, f'm the author with wishes & prayers for the coming ventures & years. America Sept. 26 1891," with Forman's bookplate on the front pastedown. This limited edition was one of 600 copies with Horace Traubel's manuscript limitation statement in red ink on the verso of "Note at Beginning": "Edition: Six Hundred. Number Two Hundred Sixty." This is one of 150 copies in this binding. Some wear to boards, corners bumped, front inner hinge professionally repaired. Bookplate on front pastedown, inscription on front free endpaper (see below). Internally very clean. Very good. Untrimmed. This is the definitive edition of Whitman's work issued in his lifetime, published four years before his death. This volume includes: LEAVES OF GRASS, printed from the slightly altered plates of the Philadelphia, 1882 printing, with Whitman's facsimile signature on the titlepage; SPECIMEN DAYS & COLLECT, printed from slightly altered plates of the Glasgow, 1883 printing; and NOVEMBER BOUGHS, from the second printing, 1888. The illustrations include an engraved portrait of Whitman as a young man facing p.29 ("Song of Myself" and a photographic reproduction of an engraved portrait of an older Whitman facing p.296 ("Out from Behind this Mask") in LEAVES OF GRASS, and a photographic portrait of Whitman at seventy years old facing the titlepage of NOVEMBER BOUGHS. Maurice Buxton Forman (1872-1957) was only nineteen years old when he acquired this copy. Son of the noted bibliographer and forger H. Buxton Forman (1842-1917), Maurice followed in his father's footsteps, working in the postal service and then as a literary editor, producing several works on George Meredith, and succeeding his father as the editor of the letters of Keats. He was posthumously implicated as a party.