Original glass plate photograph, Honovi – Walpi Snake Priest, prepared by Curtis for the printing of The North American Indian. This portrait, titled Honovi - Walpi Snake Priest, with Totokya Day Painting, was published as a photogravure in The North American Indian, volume 12, plate 408, c.1910
This is a splendid original glass plate made for Curtis’s The North American Indian, the greatest photographic work on Native Americans. Curtis devoted the twelfth volume of The North American Indian to the Hopi. He wrote of this photograph of Honovi, “This plate depicts the accoutrement of a Snake dancer on the day of the Antelope dance (see Volume XII, pages 146-149). The right hand grasps a pair of eagle-feathers – the ‘snake whip’ – and the left a bag of ceremonial meal. Honovi was one of the author’s principal informants.”
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.
Portrait of Berenice Abbott. Walker Evans, c. 1930
This is a rare and intimate portrait by Walker Evans of his accomplished friend and colleague, Berenice Abbott. Abbott was an American photographer best known for her photography of New York City’s architecture and urban design in the 1930s.
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.
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.”
Rare Mammoth photograph of the Siamese Twins: “The most celebrated 19th-century Asian Americans” — ANB on Chang and Eng(CHANG & ENG BUNKER) Germon, W. L.
Portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker with Eng’s son Patrick Henry and Chang’s son Albert. Philadelphia: W. L. Germon, c. 1866
A rare mammoth portrait of the original Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker (1811-1874), “the most celebrated 19th-century Asian Americans” (ANB).
(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.
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
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.”
“His most frequent and favourite sitter was Alexandra Kitchin, better known by her pet name of ‘Xie.’” — TaylorDODGSON, CHARLES LUTWIDGE [LEWIS CARROLL]
Photograph of Alexandra “Xie” Kitchin. C. L. Dodgson, 5 July 1870
A splendid example of Dodgson’s photography.