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.
(WHITMAN, WALT.) George C. Cox
An enormous platinum or bromide photograph after the original portrait photograph by George C. Cox. New York, 1887, printed ca. 1890s-1910s
A SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPH OF WHITMAN IN OLD AGE. This famous portrait was taken in George Cox’s New York studio in April 1887. Whitman was celebrating the success of his lecture on Lincoln, delivered on the same visit to the city.
(BRODHEAD, JOHN ROMEYN.) John Mayall
Daguerreotype portrait of John Romeyn Brodhead. London: Mayall, 1848
A splendid half-plate daguerreotype of Herman Melville’s advisor and agent John Brodhead. John Romeyn Brodhead (1814-1873) was a historian and a member of the American diplomatic corps. Best remembered for his services as Herman Melville’s agent in London, Brodhead had known Melville and his family since their youth.
CLEMENS, SAMUEL (MARK TWAIN.)
Collection of 13 photographs of Samuel Clemens, his family, and Missouri relations, two bearing inscriptions by Clemens. Various places, c. 1870s
This wonderful group of Clemens family photographs includes two portraits sent to his relatives in Missouri while the author was on a lecture tour in England.
(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) Gardner, Alexander
The President, General McClellan and Suite on the Battle-Field of Antietam. New York: Mathew Brady, 1862
This photograph of Lincoln at Antietam is one of the best-known images of the Civil War
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.”
(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.
TWAIN ,MARK. (CLEMENS, SAMUEL L.)
A collection documenting the early life of Samuel Clemens and his family in Iowa. Various places, mainly Iowa, 1850s-1880s
This unique collection of photographs, books, letters, and other objects is from the Creel family, Samuel Clemens’s relations on his mother’s side. One highlight of the collection is the charming ambrotype portrait of young Ella Creel, one of Sam’s “favorite companions” and a “one-time sweetheart.”
Important Pair of Daguerreotypes: Black Nurse with White Baby and the Child’s Parents. Talbot County, Maryland or Texas, 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
(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.