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  • (China ,Photography)

    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

  • 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

  • (SAN FRANCISCO.) Jackson, William Henry

    San Francisco Panoramic View. W. H. Jackson, c. 1888

    This is a magnificent, unique view of a vanished San Francisco by William Henry Jackson, a giant of American West photography. This enormous view, extending to six and one-half feet in length, appears to be Jackson’s largest known panoramic albumen photograph. This is the only known example of this important albumen panorama.

    $850,000

  • (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.

    $350,000

  • ROCKEFELLER ,JOHN D

    Ambrotype Portrait of John D. Rockefeller. Cleveland, Ohio: Wiliam C. North, c. 1857-1858

    This famous portrait of John D. Rockefeller at age 18 is the earliest known photograph of the greatest titan of American business and industry.

    $150,000

  • (CENTRAL PARK) Prevost ,Victor

    An extraordinary collection of photographs of Central Park by its first official photographer. New York, 1862

    Pioneering photographs of Central Park. One of the earliest photographers to work in New York

    $135,000

  • 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

  • (AMERICAN REVOLUTION). STONE, BALTUS

    Daguerreotype Portrait of Baltus Stone. [Philadelphia], 1846

    This remarkable portrait of Revolutionary War veteran Baltus Stone is one of the very few daguerreotypes of a person who had lived in colonial America.

    $50,000

  • (DARWIN, CHARLES.) CAMERON, JULIA MARGARET

    Portrait of Charles Darwin, signed by Darwin and by Cameron. Cameron, [1868]

    THE ICONIC PORTRAIT OF CHARLES DARWIN, boldly signed by Charles Darwin and by Julia Margaret Cameron.

    $48,000

  • (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.”

    $45,000