WEED, CHARLES LEANDER
(English) Magnificent pair of views of Big Tree Grove, near Yosemite. Charles Weed, 1864
Each photograph: $35,000
“Take a good look. We’re not going to see this kind of thing much longer. It already belongs to the past.” – George Bird Grinnell to Edward CurtisCURTIS ,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.
(English) 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.
(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.
CAROLINA TWINS. Germon ,W.L
(English) 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.
(English) 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.
KIMBALL ,M. H
(English) Emancipated Slaves. New York: George Hanks, 1863
One of the great American slavery photographs, this portrait was made “to raise money to educate former slaves in Louisiana, a state still partially held by the Confederacy. One group portrait, several cartes de visite of pairs of students, and numerous portraits of each student were made. This photograph is among the most famous and most influential images of American slaves.
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.