Important Pair of Daguerreotypes: Black Nurse with White Baby and the Child’s Parents. Talbot County, Maryland or Texas, c. 1853
This striking pair of daguerreotypes evokes the complex relationships between slaves and slave owners in the American South, especially between white families and the trusted slaves who cared for their children.
the pair: $25,000
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.
(GARDNER, ALEXANDER.) Gardner, O'Sullivan, Barnard, and others
A fine collection of 8 classic Civil War photographs from Gardner’s Sketch Book. Washington: Gardner, [1865-66]
A splendid collection of Gardner prints.
Cameron, Julia Margaret
G. F. Watts. Cameron, October 1865
This splendid portrait is inscribed and signed on the mount by Cameron: “G.F. Watts From Life not enlarged Julia Margaret Cameron.”
KENNEDY, JOHN F
Profiles in Courage. New York: Harper, 1956
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Kennedy: “For Alfred Eisenstaedt with every good wish John Kennedy.”
Photograph of the Lunar Module and Buzz Aldrin deploying a scientific experiment on the moon, signed by all three crew members: Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins and by NASA Administrator Thomas Paine. NASA, 1969
A RARELY SIGNED SPACE PHOTOGRAPH, signed by the crew of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon: Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot), and Michael Collins (command module pilot) and by NASA Administrator Thomas Paine.
(BENJAMIN, JUDAH P.) Mathew Brady Studio.
Judah P. Benjamin. [New York: Mathew Brady Studio, late 1850s.]
This is a splendid hand-colored Brady Imperial salt print of one of the great figures in American Jewish history.
Two photographs of the execution of Capt. Henry Wirz. Washington, November 10, 1865
These famous photographs by renowned Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner documents the execution of Andersonville prison commandant Henry Wirz. The event took place on November 10, 1865 in the courtyard of the Old Capitol Prison, now the site of the U.S. Supreme Court. 120 soldiers guarded the crowd of 200 spectators, while more onlookers clung to trees outside the prison yard. Gardner, who had photographed the execution of the Lincoln assassination conspirators in July, documented the event.
two photographs: $16,000
(BLACK MILITARY BAND.) William Morris Smith
Band of the 107th U.S. Colored Infantry. Smith, 1865
This rare photograph of a Black Civil War military band shows the band of the 107th U.S. Colored Infantry. The unit was organized in 1864 in Louisville, Kentucky. They participated in the siege of Petersburg, the first and second expeditions to Fort Fisher, the capture of Wilmington, the occupation of Raleigh, the surrender of Johnston, and several other smaller battles and skirmishes.