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  • (WATKINS, TABER &c.)

    An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West. Various places, c. 1890s

    This beautiful album contains many splendid views of the scenic wonders of Yosemite. Subjects include the many magnificent falls, the Mariposa Grove of sequoias, and the great geological formations. At least two of the views in this collection were taken by Carleton Watkins. Those for which attribution to Watkins has been confirmed are singled out below, but this collection merits further investigation to identify Watkins photographs.

    $12,000

  • (BRODHEAD, JOHN ROMEYN.) John Mayall

    Daguerreotype portrait of John Romeyn Brodhead. London: Mayall, 1848

    A splendid half-plate daguerreotype of Herman Melville’s advisor and agent John Brodhead, scholar and diplomat.

    John Romeyn Brodhead (1814-1873) was a historian and a member of the American diplomatic corps. Best remembered for his services as Herman Melville’s agent in London, Brodhead had known Melville and his family since their youth.

    $11,000

  • 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

  • (VALENTINE, DAVID T.) Mathew Brady Studio

    David T. Valentine. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. late 1850s

    This is a delightful Brady Imperial salt print portrait of one of the fascinating political and literary characters of mid-nineteenth-century New York, David T. Valentine.

    $9,500

  • (VANDERBILT, CORNELIUS, “Commodore.”) Mathew Brady Studio, attrib

    Cornelius Vanderbilt, vignetted standing portrait. [New York: Mathew Brady Studio, 1860s.]

    Founder of the Vanderbilt business dynasty, Cornelius Vanderbilt made his fortune first in steamships and shipping and then in railroads. His career spanned the birth of the steamship and the development of the great American railroad networks. He was “the oldest and perhaps the greatest of the nineteenth-century railroad barons” (ANB). Grand Central Station and Vanderbilt University stand as testaments to his influence and wealth.

    $9,500

  • SOULE, WILL

    Stumbling Bear, Kiowa Chief. Fort Sill, Indian Territory, c. 1869-74

    Photographer Will Soule arrived at Fort Sill in Indian Territory in late 1869 or early 1870. Fort Sill was then a military headquarters and agency for several Indian tribes, including the Kiowa.  Before returning to Boston in 1874, Soule made an important series of Native American portraits, including this charismatic image of Chief Stumbling Bear.

    $9,500

  • SPACE WALKS

    Two 16 mm films of the first Russian and the first American to walk in space. No place, 1965

    Films of the space walks of Aleksei Leonov and Edward White.

    $9,500

  • SEMEDO ,ALVAREZ

    The History Of The Great And Renowned Monarchy Of China. London: E. Tyler for John Crook, 1655

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF THIS FAMOUS HISTORY OF CHINA. A splendid Jewish-American association copy from the library of Joseph Solomon Ottolenghe.

    $9,500

  • CAIRO

    Panoramic Photograph of Cairo.. Cairo, 1870s

    This splendid and unusually large panoramic photograph

    $8,500

  • (WISE, HENRY.) Mathew Brady Studio

    Henry A. Wise. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. late 1850s

    This is a dramatic full-length standing salt print portrait of Gov. Henry A. Wise by Mathew Brady.

    $7,500