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  • (LINCOLN ,ABRAHAM.) Gardner, Alexander

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

    The hanging of the Lincoln assassination conspirators.

    $20,000

  • (LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) Whipple, J. A.

    Photograph portrait of Lincoln and his sons Willie and Tad at their home in Springfield, Illinois.. Boston: J. A. Whipple, Summer 1860

    Abraham Lincoln at his home in Springfield.  “Lincoln stands on the terrace of the only house he ever owned. He called it his ‘little brown cottage’ and bought it for $1500 in 1844 from the Reverend Charles Dresser, an Episcopal rector who had married the Lincolns in 1842. Here Lincoln’s sons Eddie, Willie, and Tad were born, and here he was living when elected President” (Ostendorf). Lincoln stands with his sons Willie and Tad, who is barely visible behind a post.

    $20,000

  • (BENJAMIN, JUDAH P.) Mathew Brady Studio.

    Judah P. Benjamin. [New York: Mathew Brady Studio, late 1850s.]

    This is a splendid hand-colored Brady Imperial salt print of one of the great figures in American Jewish history.

    $17,000

  • BRADY, MATHEW Studio

    Collection of six photographs made in Harpers Ferry in July 1862. New York: Mathew Brady Studio, 1862

    Mathew Brady sent these six photographs to a New York newspaper following the September 1862 capture of Harpers Ferry to promote his series of photographs, “Brady’s Incidents of the War.” Each is captioned in a contemporary hand in blue pencil, typical for nineteenth-century newspaper editors, and the group of accompanied by a contemporary wrapper identifying the collection in the same hand.

    $16,000

  • (VALENTINE, DAVID T.) Mathew Brady Studio

    David T. Valentine. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. late 1850s

    This is a delightful Brady Imperial salt print portrait of one of the fascinating political and literary characters of mid-nineteenth-century New York, David T. Valentine.

    $9,500

  • (VANDERBILT, CORNELIUS, “Commodore.”) Mathew Brady Studio, attrib

    Cornelius Vanderbilt, vignetted standing portrait. [New York: Mathew Brady Studio, 1860s.]

    Founder of the Vanderbilt business dynasty, Cornelius Vanderbilt made his fortune first in steamships and shipping and then in railroads. His career spanned the birth of the steamship and the development of the great American railroad networks. He was “the oldest and perhaps the greatest of the nineteenth-century railroad barons” (ANB). Grand Central Station and Vanderbilt University stand as testaments to his influence and wealth.

    $9,500

  • (WISE, HENRY.) Mathew Brady Studio

    Henry A. Wise. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. late 1850s

    This is a dramatic full-length standing salt print portrait of Gov. Henry A. Wise by Mathew Brady.

    $7,500

  • (GARDNER, ALEXANDER.) O’Sullivan, Timothy

    Slaughter Pen, Foot of Round Top, Gettysburg (plate 44 from Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War). Washington: Gardner, [1865-66]

    This famous site on the Gettysburg battlefield is in front of Little Round Top.

    $3,500

  • (GARDNER, ALEXANDER.) Barnard & Gibson.

    Fortifications on Heights of Centreville, Va. (plate 5 from Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War). Washington, 1862 [published 1865-66]

    This fine view shows Confederate defenses near Bull Run. After the first battle of Bull Run the Confederates extended their earthworks from Manassas across Bull Run and along the ridge of Centreville.

    $3,200

  • (GARDNER, ALEXANDER.) O’Sullivan, Timothy

    Signal Tower on Elk Mountain, Maryland, Overlooking Battlefield of Antietam (plate 22 from Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War). Washington: Gardner, [1865-66]

    The Army Signal Corps played a key role at Antietam, relating enemy movements to the commanders and transmitting orders in turn.  Gardner notes that the Elk Mountain tower was the most important of the look-outs at Antietam.

    $2,500