Lot 707: Iconic 4 x 5.5 albumen portrait of Whitman originally taken in September 1872 in Brooklyn by photographer G. Frank Pearsall, nicely signed at the bottom in black ink, "Walt Whitman, 1876." Trimmed and permanently mounted to a piece of heavy cardstock. In very good condition, with a tear extending from right edge to left hand, and portions of paper loss mainly confined to edges (most of which could be easily matted out); signature remains exceptionally bold and unaffected. This was likely removed from the book Two Rivulets, a collection of Whitman's poetry which featured this photographic portrait as its frontispiece. It was published in 1876 along with the sixth edition of Leaves of Grass as part of a two-volume set known as the 'Centennial Edition.' A wonderful sought-after image of the 'father of free verse.'
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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