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  • WEED, CHARLES LEANDER

    Magnificent pair of views of Big Tree Grove, near Yosemite. Charles Weed, 1864

    Each photograph: $35,000

  • CURTIS ,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.

    $35,000

  • MOONEY ,JAMES

    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.

    $35,000

  • (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.

    $32,000

  • (GOLDFIELD ,NEVADA.)

    Collection of 23 Photographs of Goldfield, Nevada. Goldfield, Nevada: Laura 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.

    $28,000

  • MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD

    A spectacular collection of three Horse in Motion photographs.. San Francisco: Morse’s Gallery, 1878

    Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs of horses in motion are icons in the history of photography.

    $28,000

  • CAROLINA TWINS. Germon ,W.L

    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.

    $28,000

  • (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

  • 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.

    $22,000

  • Cameron, Julia Margaret

    G. F. Watts. Cameron, October 1865

    This splendid portrait is inscribed and signed on the mount by Cameron: “G.F. Watts From Life not enlarged Julia Margaret Cameron.”

    $22,000