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  • BRADY ,MATHEW et al.

    Civil War photographic album of Louis–Philippe d’Orleans, Comte de Paris. Various photographers including Brady, c. 1862

    This important Civil War photograph album has been donated to Cornell University by the Beth and Stephan Loewentheil Family Photography Collection. This album of the Comte de Paris was perhaps the finest Civil War photographic album in private hands. There are 265 photographs: over 60 very rare war camp scenes in small format, mainly by Brady and his assistants, including unusual images of military field operations, headquarters and candid officer photos, gun emplacements, ordnance, soldiers at work and rest,  and artillery and cavalry regiments preparing for battle.

    Donated to Cornell University as its 8 millionth book


    A superb collection of manuscripts signed by Lincoln and relics related to Lincoln’s death. Washington, 1864-1865

    This magnificent collection includes three Lincoln documents intervening on behalf of a friend, Elizabeth Hutter (whom Lincoln calls “one of the very best friends of the soldiers”) as well as well-provenanced relics removed from the room where Lincoln died.

    the collection: $110,000


    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.



    Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber, living near Beltsville, Prince George’s County, Md., on Saturday, September 5th, 1857…. Baltimore, September 7th, 1857

    Adam Smith rescued his family from slavery with the help of the Underground Railroad, thereby earning a permanent place in the annals of American freedom.


  • (CIVIL WAR.)

    An Extraordinary Confederate Photograph and Autograph Album of Dr. R. L. C. White, with his signature dated December 23, 1859 in the first volume. Lebanon, Tennessee, 1859-1862

    MORE THAN 100 SOUTHERN BOYS WHO WENT TO WAR. This is a unique photographic record of young men, from across the South, most of whom fought for the Confederacy. The collection comprises 125 rare salt prints made in 1859-1862. All but eight of the men represented in these albums went on to serve in the Confederate military, in a total of 88 units. Four fought for the Union, and four remained neutral. 13 were killed in action, 24 were wounded in action, and 24 became prisoners of war. The men fought in many of the war’s major engagements including Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Shiloh, Chancellorsville, and others.



    Mammoth portrait of Millie and Christine McKoy. Philadelphia: W. L. Germon, c. 1868-71

    This spectacular large-format photograph depicts the celebrated conjoined twins Millie and Christine McKoy.


  • (LINCOLN ,ABRAHAM.) Gardner, Alexander

    Photograph of the execution of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Washington, 7 July 1865

    The hanging of the Lincoln assassination conspirators.



    Important Pair of Daguerreotypes: Black Nurse with White Baby and the Child’s Parents. Talbot County, Maryland, 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


    Ode Recited at the Harvard Commemoration of the Living and Dead Soldiers of Harvard University, July 21, 1865. Cambridge: Privately printed, 1865

    FIRST EDITION, number 37 of 50 copies privately printed for the author. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed by the author: “Mr. E. W. Gurney with cordial regard from J. R. L. 3rd Septr 1865.” This is, after the Gettysburg Address, the greatest contemporary tribute to the Civil War dead and a work that helped to formulate the American vision of Abraham Lincoln.



    Mammoth Plate Portrait, “Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, U.S.A.” by T. R. Burnham. Washington D. C, June 5, 1868

    This splendid mammoth portrait shows U. S. Grant fifteen days after receiving the Republican presidential nomination. In the summer of 1866, a year after the war’s conclusion, Congress established the grade of General of the Army, which was conferred upon Grant, who wore its four-star insignia. In this iconic portrait Grant is seated in military uniform with four-star shoulder boards.