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an original drawing of Whitman

(WHITMAN, WALT). Original drawing of Walt Whitman

no date, no place, 19th century

8 x 4 1/2 in. Mounted to front pastedown of an edition of Leaves of Grass published by David McKay in Philadelphia in 1888 (original mustard cloth, front free endpaper removed, inner hinges tender, good condition). Soiling to mounted drawing.

This original pen and ink drawing of Walt Whitman is mounted at the front of an 1888 edition of Leaves of Grass. The likeness of a jaunty, casual, Whitman wearing his trademark slouch hat takes its cue from the famous 1855 Hollyer engraving, but here we see an older Whitman with a full beard.