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Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 04:38 am


You see his face on the penny, the $5 bill, Mount Rushmore and pretty much everywhere in Springfield, but have you ever really studied it?

Brothers Phillip and Peter Kunhardt certainly have, and the result of that research is their new book,  Lincoln, Life-Size, in which photographs of the 16th president are enlarged to life-size and accompanied by descriptions from Lincoln’s friends, colleagues and acquaintances.

The great-grandson of famous Lincoln collector Frederick Hill Meserve, Phillip Kunhardt spoke about the book at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on Nov. 19 – the 146th anniversary of Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address.

Kunhardt pointed out Lincoln’s deeply-creased, asymmetrical face, his sleepy right eye and the mysterious scar below his lip, recounting how Lincoln’s contemporaries described him as “homely,” “a monstrosity” and “an unattractive cross between Venus and Hercules.” Despite his poorly-fitting suits, worn boots and unkempt hair, the nation’s most recognized political figure had a “refined sensibleness,” Kunhardt says, that won over even his enemies and a face that revealed the uncommon wisdom and character of an extraordinary man.

Find the book for $50 at www.aaknopf.com.
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