Collection of 23 Photographs of Goldfield, Nevada. Goldfield, Nevada: Laura Titsworth et al., 1905-1906
This spectacular photograph collection documents the height of the gold mining boomtown of Goldfield, Nevada. The images present the movement of gold from the solitary prospector and small claims to large industrial operations, from excavating, processing and shipping of ore to its sale, banking and stock trading, and ending with its expenditure on gambling and prostitutes.
(Alabama.) Lalouette, Antoine Prudence (1777-1855)
An important manuscript collection including 16 long, closely written letters written from Alabama. Alabama, New Orleans, Paris, and elsewhere, mainly 1821-1823
This tremendous manuscript collection documents in great detail a pioneering French settler’s ambitious struggles to establish a home in the new state of Alabama in the early 1820s.
KIMBALL ,M. H
Emancipated Slaves. New York: George Hanks, 1863
One of the great American slavery photographs, this portrait was made “to raise money to educate former slaves in Louisiana, a state still partially held by the Confederacy. One group portrait, several cartes de visite of pairs of students, and numerous portraits of each student were made. This photograph is among the most famous and most influential images of American slaves.
SAN FRANCISCO ,pre-earthquake
Buildings of Fair [-Vanderbilt] Heirs in San Francisco. San Francisco, 1904-1905
The Vanderbilt real estate portfolio in pre-earthquake San Francisco. This album documents approximately forty downtown San Francisco real estate holdings of the heirs of real estate, silver, and railroad magnate James Graham Fair. This album belonged to Fair’s daughter Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt, first wife of William K. Vanderbilt II.
The Life of Franklin Pierce. Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1852
FIRST EDITION. AN ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE GREATEST INTEREST, inscribed and signed by the subject of the book, President-elect Franklin Pierce, lifelong friend of the author. Pierce has inscribed the book to the Ohio newspaper publisher Washington McLean: “For Washington McLean from Frank. Pierce Concord N.H. Feby. 5. 1853.”
(MAGNA CARTA.) Care, Henry, ed
English Liberties, Or The Free-Born Subject’s Inheritance: Containing Magna Charta . . . The Habeas Corpus Act, And Several Other Statutes. Boston: Printed by J. Franklin, for N. Buttolph, B. Eliot, and D. Henchman, 1721
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This volume, one of the very first law books printed in colonial America, contains the first American printing of Magna Carta and other fundamental documents of individual liberty in Anglo-American law. Magna Carta has become “a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable ‘fundamental statute’ that England has ever had” (Pollock & Maitland)
Important Pair of Daguerreotypes: Black Nurse with White Baby and the Child’s Parents. Talbot County, Maryland or Texas, c. 1853
This striking pair of daguerreotypes evokes the complex relationships between slaves and slave owners in the American South, especially between white families and the trusted slaves who cared for their children.
the pair: $18,000
(JEFFERSON, THOMAS--VAN BUREN, MARTIN.) Rayner, B.L
Sketches of the Life, Writings, and Opinions of Thomas Jefferson,… Selections of … Private Correspondence.. New York: Francis and Boardman, 1832
FIRST EDITION. An outstanding Democratic Party association copy. Inscribed and signed as president by Martin Van Buren to Mr. & Mrs. O’Neil, dated Oct 30, 1838.
History of the United States of America during the first administration of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Scribner’s, 1889
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Adams: “For Aunt Eunice with the warmest regards of Henry Adams 1889.”