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  • (SAN FRANCISCO.) Muybridge ,Eadweard

    (English) 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

  • (LINCOLN & HIS CABINET.) Mathew Brady Studio.

    (English) Original Brady Photograph Maquette “President and Cabinet.”. Washington: Brady, 1864

    $42,000

  • NIAGARA FALLS, New York

    An album of 20 excellent views of Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls, New York, compiled in 1867

    An outstanding album containing beautiful and unusual images including, as its final image, one of the most remarkable North American photographs of the period.

    $40,000

  • CURTIS, EDWARD

    (English) 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.”

    $38,500

  • (ITALY.) Alinari.

    (English) A Superb Collection of Photographs of Italy. Florence, 1867

    Magnificent photographs from masters of the genre. Fratelli Alinari, founded in Florence in 1852, is the world’s oldest photography firm.

    $38,000

  • CURTIS ,EDWARD S.

    (English) 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

  • WEED, CHARLES LEANDER

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

    Each photograph: $35,000

  • (CIVIL WAR.)

    (English) 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

  • MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD

    (English) 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

  • (ARCHITECTURE)

    Photographic album of Gothic architecture and proposed designs for the Royal Courts of Justice, London. Various places, 1868-70

    This splendid album contains 120 fine medium and large format photographs of Gothic and High Victorian Gothic architecture.

    $20,000