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  • (China ,Photography)

    Early Photography of China Collection: A highly important collection in development.. Various places, 1850s-1930s

    The most valuable collection of early China photography in private hands, the Early Photography of China Collection includes the greatest masterworks of China photography by the foremost photographers working in China in the nineteenth century and the first quarter of the 20th century. The collection has been assembled over the course of many years, and we continue to expand and refine it as worthy photographs and archives become available. This collection, unrivaled in quality and extent in private hands, provides a unique opportunity to own one of the greatest collections of Chinese photography extant. We are eager to acquire important China photographs, from individual objects to albums and collections. We invite you to contact us.

    Collection in development

  • RUSSELL, ANDREW J

    The Great West Illustrated in a series of photographic views across the continent, taken along the line of the Union Pacific Railroad, west from Omaha, Nebraska. New York: [by D. H. Prime] Published by Authority of the Union Pacific Railroad Company, 1869

    First edition. One of the monuments of American photography, and Russell’s masterpiece, The Great West documents the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad and the land through which it ran. The 50 splendid large format albumen photographs depict scenes along the railroad, which ran from Omaha, through Wyoming and Utah, and ended in Sacramento.

    $350,000

  • (AMERICAN WEST.) ,Watkins, Taber, Savage, and others

    Magnificent Album of Mammoth Photographs of the American West, with other subjects. various, ca. 1865-1880s

    This magnificent American West photograph album contains an astounding 21 mammoth photographs by leading photographers including Carleton Watkins, Charles R. Savage, and Isaiah West Taber, as well as other important photographs.

    $350,000

  • BRADY, MATHEW

    Large Format Camera from Mathew Brady’s Studio. New York, c. 1850s

    A major relic of photographic history, this camera was owned by Mathew Brady during his years as the leading figure in American photography. Brady was the preeminent American portrait photographer of his day. He gained his greatest fame with his studio’s documentation of the events and figures of the Civil War. This camera’s association with Brady and his studio, which produced hundreds of iconic portraits and thousands of Civil War photographs, makes it an important historical artifact.

    $250,000

  • (CENTRAL PARK) Prevost ,Victor

    An extraordinary collection of photographs of Central Park by its first official photographer. New York, 1862

    Pioneering photographs of Central Park. One of the earliest photographers to work in New York

    $135,000

  • (LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) Gardner, Alexander

    Mammoth Portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Washington, November 8, 1863

    A classic mammoth portrait of Abraham Lincoln, showing the President just days before he delivered the Gettysburg Address.

    $95,000

  • BRADY, GARDNER, MORSE, DAGUERRE, RUSSELL, WATKINS &c

    An extraordinary collection of 26 photographic portraits of leading photographers. Various processes, 1850s-1890s

    This superb collection of photographs of photographers documents the spread of photography from its inventor Daguerre through the art’s earliest practitioners in the United States and ultimately to the great photographers of the Civil War and the American West.

    $75,000

  • (LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) GARDNER, ALEXANDER

    Collection of four photograph of the execution of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Washington, July 7, 1865

    A monumental event in American photographic history: the hanging of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Series of Gardner’s execution photographs are rarely seen. The only other collection we have seen for public sale in years, a group of four prints, sold for $100,000 (Swann Galleries, October 17, 2013, lot 18.

    $65,000

  • FRITH ,FRANCIS

    Photographs of the Holy Land comprising the following volumes: [I:] Sinai and Palestine; [II:] Lower Egypt, Thebes, and the Pyramids; [III:] Upper Egypt and Ethiopia.. London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh: William MacKenzie, [1862]

    A handsome set of Frith’s photographs. This edition’s gold-toned photographs are preferred over the earlier editions for their “stronger quality” (Gernsheim).

    $55,000

  • (DARWIN, CHARLES.) CAMERON, JULIA MARGARET

    Portrait of Charles Darwin, signed by Darwin and by Cameron. Cameron, [1868]

    THE ICONIC PORTRAIT OF CHARLES DARWIN, boldly signed by Charles Darwin and by Julia Margaret Cameron.

    $52,000