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    Early Photography of China Collection: A highly important collection in development.. Various places, 1850s-1930s

    The most valuable collection of early China photography in private hands, the Early Photography of China Collection includes the greatest masterworks of China photography by the foremost photographers working in China in the nineteenth century and the first quarter of the 20th century. The collection has been assembled over the course of many years, and we continue to expand and refine it as worthy photographs and archives become available. This collection, unrivaled in quality and extent in private hands, provides a unique opportunity to own one of the greatest collections of Chinese photography extant. We are eager to acquire important China photographs, from individual objects to albums and collections. We invite you to contact us.

    collection in development

  • FRITH ,FRANCIS

    Photographs of the Holy Land comprising the following volumes: [I:] Sinai and Palestine; [II:] Lower Egypt, Thebes, and the Pyramids; [III:] Upper Egypt and Ethiopia.. London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh: William MacKenzie, [1862]

    A handsome set of Frith’s photographs. This edition’s gold-toned photographs are preferred over the earlier editions for their “stronger quality” (Gernsheim).

    $55,000

  • VROOMAN ,DANIEL

    Map of the Town Center and Entire Suburbs of Canton. [prob. Canton], 1855

    A RARE MAP OF GUANGZHOU. Cordier 304 cites only the 1860 edition, and it appears that scholars are aware only of that edition, which incorporates the new artificial island Shamin (for example, the copy at the National Library of Australia is the 1860 edition).

    $42,000

  • (ITALY.) Alinari.

    A Superb Collection of Photographs of Italy. Florence, 1867

    Magnificent photographs from masters of the genre. Fratelli Alinari, founded in Florence in 1852, is the world’s oldest photography firm.

    $38,000

  • BUTT , JAMES H., LIEUTENANT

    Sketches in China and Japan 1866 to 1870 by James. H. Butt Lieutenant H.M.S. “Sylvia”. Various places, 1866-1870

    VOYAGE TO CHINA AND JAPAN IN FINE ENGLISH WATERCOLORS.

    $27,500

  • (MECCA.) Abd al-Ghaffar.

    Photograph of the Kaaba and Mecca.. Mecca, c. 1885-1888

    This important photograph of Mecca and Islam’s holiest site represents a milestone in the photographic history of the Middle East.

    $25,000

  • (CHANG & ENG BUNKER) Germon, W. L.

    Portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker with Eng’s son Patrick Henry and Chang’s son Albert. Philadelphia: W. L. Germon, c. 1866

    A rare mammoth portrait of the original Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker (1811-1874), “the most celebrated 19th-century Asian Americans” (ANB).

    $20,000

  • KIRCHER ,ATHANASIUS

    China Monumentis. illustrata.. Amsterdam: Jansson, 1667.

    FIRST EDITION. One of the grandest and most important works on China up to its time, Kircher’s China Illustrata (China, Illustrated Through Its Monuments, Both Sacred and Profane) inaugurated the late 17th-century age of European fascination with China.

    $15,000

  • (ISTANBUL.) Robertson ,James

    A collection of five early photographs of Constantinople.. Constantinople, c. 1853-1855.

    These fine views are among the earliest paper photographs of Constantinople.

    $12,500

  • Abdullah Frères ,Constantinople

    An Excellent Collection of 12 Photographs of Constantinople and Environs. Constantinople: Abdullah Frères, c. 1870

    This splendid series of photographs documents the great buildings and sights of Constantinople including Beylerbeyi Palace, Hagia Sophia (interior and exterior), and Topkapi Palace.

    $12,000