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  • 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.

    $25,000

  • ADAMS, ANSEL

    Vineyards, Northern California. [California], 1960s

    This majestic Ansel Adams view shows vineyards on the rolling hills of the Napa Valley. This wonderful view reflects the long collaboration between Polaroid and Ansel Adams.

    $25,000

  • 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

  • (CONEY ISLAND.) STACY, CHARLES

    Coney Island Panorama. Brooklyn, 1907

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

    $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

  • 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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  • (WATKINS, CARLETON.)

    A Highly Important Personal Album created by or for Carleton Watkins and his family, containing more than 350 photographs. Various places, ca. 1880

    This extraordinary album documents the career of Carleton Watkins, the greatest of the first generation of photographers of the American West and a giant in the history of photography. Watkins “stands today at the symbolic apex of all that is unreservedly grand about the American West of the mid-nineteenth century” (Palmquist). The album also contains an important collection of western photographs from negatives taken by Alfred Hart and later acquired by Watkins.

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