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  • THOMSON, JOHN

    King of Siam’s State Barge. Bangkok, c. 1865

    This is a magnificent two-panel view of the king’s barge on the water, with dozens of oarsmen ready to put their paddles in to the water. The king’s ornate covered throne is at the rear of the vessel. The riverbank in the background is crowded with low thatched roof buildings.

    $15,000

  • (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.

    $12,000

  • (PHOTOGRAPHS) Christie, Manson & Woods

    Catalogue of the celebrated collection of works of art and vertu known as “The Vienna Museum,” the property of Messrs. Lowenstein Brothers, of Frankfort-on-the-Main. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, 1860

    This important volume is “the earliest photographically illustrated auction catalogue” (Gernsheim, Incunabula, 122). It contains 36 photographs on salted paper by Hermann Emden of Frankfurt.

    $12,000

  • LANGENHEIM, WILLIAM AND FREDERICK

    Calotype of Water Tower. Philadelphia, 1849

    This important survival of American photographic history is a very early calotype of a water tower in Philadelphia. Paper photography from this era is a rarity and the image was created by two of America’s great photographic pioneers, the Langenheim brothers.

    $11,000

  • MAREY, ETIENNE-JULES

    Gull in flight. Marey, 1886

    This classic Marey photograph of a gull in flight is a landmark in the history of photography.

    $7,500

  • (CONEY ISLAND.) STACY, CHARLES

    Coney Island Panorama. Brooklyn, 1907

    This is a splendid panorama of Coney Island taken in 1907.

    $4,500

  • (BLACK LABOR & INDUSTRY IN THE SOUTH.)

    Phosphate mining in South Carolina. South Carolina, c. 1867

    This huge 11 x 15 in. print documents the early mining of phosphate for fertilizer, a key postwar Southern industry. Dozens of black men dig phosphate from the ground around the Ashley River and load it into horse-drawn carts on rails. A white man leaning against a cart in the foreground looks directly at the camera. Most of the men are barefoot. The Ashley River is visible in the background.

    $4,500

  • (ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D.) CLARK ,EDWARD

    FDR Funeral 1945. [Published in LIFE], taken in 1945, printed later

    Signed and inscribed by the photographer: “FDR Funeral 1945, Edward Clark, Life.” Famed Life photographer Edward Clark took this celebrated picture in 1945 at the funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Atlanta.

    $4,200

  • TALBOT, WILLIAM HENRY FOX

    The Pencil of Nature. London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1844-1846

    The Pencil of Nature is a landmark in the history of photography, “an epoch-making publication, both technically and aesthetically” (Brunet). The work is “the first commercially published book illustrated with photographs–a milestone in the art of the book greater than any since Gutenberg’s invention of moveable type” (Metropolitan Museum of Art).

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  • WATKINS, CARLETON

    An important collection of 40 mammoth-plate photographs of the American West, created for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Watkins, c. 1863-74.

    Carleton Watkins exhibited these very photographs at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, the first world’s fair in America.  Watkins is the greatest of the first generation of photographers of the American West. His early photographs of Yosemite and Utah have never been surpassed. When his work was exhibited back East, the New York Times declared, “As specimens of the photographic art they are unequaled. The views are … indescribably unique and beautiful. Nothing in the way of landscapes can be more impressive.”

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