(AMERICAN WEST.) ,Watkins, Taber, Savage, and others
Magnificent Album of Mammoth Photographs of the American West, with other subjects. various, ca. 1865-1880s
This magnificent American West photograph album contains an astounding 21 mammoth photographs by leading photographers including Carleton Watkins, Charles R. Savage, and Isaiah West Taber, as well as other important photographs.
BRADY, GARDNER, MORSE, DAGUERRE, RUSSELL, WATKINS &c
An extraordinary collection of 26 photographic portraits of leading photographers. Various processes, 1850s-1890s
This superb collection of photographs of photographers documents the spread of photography from its inventor Daguerre through the art’s earliest practitioners in the United States and ultimately to the great photographers of the Civil War and the American West.
(SAN FRANCISCO.) Muybridge ,Eadweard
Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill. San Francisco: Morse’s Gallery, 1877
“One of the supreme conceptual and technical achievements in the history of architectural photography.” – David Harris
This iconic, 7-foot long image of San Francisco is one of the landmarks of 19th-century American photography. “The photographs show the extraordinary extent of a city that had come into existence a mere thirty years before and which would be destroyed by earthquake and subsequent fires thirty years later” (Getty Museum Journal). Seamlessly combining a series of eleven photographs, Muybridge created a 360 degree view of the city, producing what Rebecca Solnit calls “an impossible sight, a vision of the city in all directions, a transformation of a circular space into a linear photograph.”
Original glass plate photograph, Honovi – Walpi Snake Priest, prepared by Curtis for the printing of The North American Indian. This portrait, titled Honovi - Walpi Snake Priest, with Totokya Day Painting, was published as a photogravure in The North American Indian, volume 12, plate 408, c.1910
This is a splendid original glass plate made for Curtis’s The North American Indian, the greatest photographic work on Native Americans. Curtis devoted the twelfth volume of The North American Indian to the Hopi. He wrote of this photograph of Honovi, “This plate depicts the accoutrement of a Snake dancer on the day of the Antelope dance (see Volume XII, pages 146-149). The right hand grasps a pair of eagle-feathers – the ‘snake whip’ – and the left a bag of ceremonial meal. Honovi was one of the author’s principal informants.”
“Take a good look. We’re not going to see this kind of thing much longer. It already belongs to the past.” – George Bird Grinnell to Edward CurtisCURTIS ,EDWARD S.
Original glass plate photograph, Hopi Woman, prepared by Curtis for the printing of The North American Indian.. This portrait, titled Hopi Woman, was published as a photogravure in The North American Indian, volume 12, plate 411.,
This is a splendid original glass plate made for Curtis’s The North American Indian, the greatest photographic work on Native Americans.
WEED, CHARLES LEANDER
Magnificent pair of views of Big Tree Grove, near Yosemite. Charles Weed, 1864
Each photograph: $35,000
Collection of Ten Photographs from Mooney’s Pioneering Investigations of the Ghost Dance and Other Native American Circle Dances. Various places, c. 1892-93
The rare and important collection documents the famous Ghost Dance and related circle dances soon after Wounded Knee. The collection testifies to the tragic demise of the Native American spiritual and cultural practices during the tumultuous Ghost Dance period. These photographs were taken by James Mooney (1861-1921), an anthropologist with the Bureau of American Ethnology. He left Washington in late 1890 to investigate the potentially incendiary Ghost Dance movement. Mooney’s rare portrait of Wovoka is one highlight of the collection. Mooney’s Ghost Dance photographs are of the greatest rarity in the market. We can trace no others having appeared for sale.
Collection of 23 Photographs of Goldfield, Nevada. Goldfield, Nevada: Julia 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.
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.
(WATKINS, TABER &c.)
An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West. Various places, c. 1890s
This beautiful album contains many splendid views of the scenic wonders of Yosemite. Subjects include the many magnificent falls, the Mariposa Grove of sequoias, and the great geological formations. At least two of the views in this collection were taken by Carleton Watkins. Those for which attribution to Watkins has been confirmed are singled out below, but this collection merits further investigation to identify Watkins photographs.