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.
(SAN FRANCISCO.) TABER, ISAIAH WEST
The Taber Photographic Album of Principal Business Houses, Residences and Persons. San Francisco: Taber, 1880
The Taber Photographic Album is the most important photographically illustrated book of 19th-century American business and commerce. This remarkable volume presents a dazzling overview of the businesses, trade, and commercial culture of San Francisco in 1880. Taber was the most successful photographer of 19th-century California, and this work demonstrates his genius for creating compelling images and his shrewd marketing.
ROCKEFELLER ,JOHN D
Ambrotype Portrait of John D. Rockefeller. Cleveland, Ohio: Wiliam C. North, c. 1857-1858
This famous portrait of John D. Rockefeller at age 18 is the earliest known photograph of the greatest titan of American business and industry.
“we Jews are not a chosen people, but one that has been strained and steeled by millennia of pressure”(EINSTEIN, ALBERT.) Suse Byk
Photograph inscribed and signed by Albert Einstein. [Berlin], 1927
Albert Einstein on the Jewish people: “we Jews are not a chosen people, but one that has been strained and steeled by millennia of pressure.” On this dramatic portrait of Einstein at age 48, made at the height of his fame, the scientist writes:
(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.
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.
Ulysses S. Grant. Washington, 1865
Albumen print (6 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄4 in.), cabinet card mount. Some minor wear to bottom edge. Fine condition. .
Iconic signed Darwin photograph “I like this photograph much better than any other which has been taken of me.”(DARWIN, CHARLES.) CAMERON, JULIA MARGARET
Portrait of Charles Darwin, signed by Darwin and by Cameron. Cameron, 
THE ICONIC PORTRAIT OF CHARLES DARWIN, boldly signed by Charles Darwin and by Julia Margaret Cameron.
He Fought with George Washington: Amazing Daguerreotype of a Revolutionary Soldier born in the 1740s(AMERICAN REVOLUTION). STONE, BALTUS
Daguerreotype Portrait of Baltus Stone. [Philadelphia], 1846
This remarkable portrait of Revolutionary War veteran Baltus Stone is one of the very few daguerreotypes of a person who had lived in colonial America.
(BRADY, MATHEW Studio) Seward, Chase, Fessenden, and Stanton
Collection of Photographs of Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet: a “Team of Rivals”. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. 1860
This is a splendid collection of Brady Imperial portraits of Lincoln’s most important cabinet members, the famed “Team of Rivals.”
Four photographs as a collection: $45,000