JOHNSTON, EMMA FRANCES
Her personal archive of approximately 350 photographs. [Hampstead and elsewhere], 1858-1864
This tremendous discovery is the extensive photographic archive of the little-known Victorian photographer Emma Frances Johnston. This is apparently the earliest comprehensive archive of a female photographer in private hands. Beginning around 1858, Johnston made this wonderful series of portraits of her friends and extended family comprising the intellectual and social world of nineteenth- century Hampstead in London.
Leaves of Grass [with] Whitman’s own copy of his 1860 portrait. Brooklyn, New York, 1855
First edition, first issue, one of only 337 copies of the first issue, distinguished by its elaborately gilt-stamped cloth binding prepared in June/July 1855. Whitman reported that only 800 copies were printed; this copy is from the first group to be bound. The copies bound later did not have the extensive gilt stamping. Whitman paid for the book, supervised its production, and even set a number of pages in type.
two items: $160,000
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.
(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) Alexander Gardner.
Portrait of Abraham Lincoln with his son Tad. Washington, February 5, 1865
Perhaps the most delightful of the Lincoln family photographs, this portrait shows an impish Tad leaning on a table as his seemingly bemused father sits on Gardner’s studio chair. Thomas “Tad” Lincoln was the youngest of the Lincoln boys.
(DARWIN, CHARLES.) CAMERON, JULIA MARGARET
Profile bust portrait of Charles Darwin, signed by Cameron. London: Colnaghi, 1868
The great Darwin portrait, Julia Margaret Cameron’s 1868 profile of Darwin is probably the most famous photograph of a 19th-century scientist. Darwin remarked, “I like this photograph very much better than any other which has been taken of me.”
(GRANT, U.S.) Mathew Brady
Ulysses S. Grant. Washington, c. 1865
CURTIS, EDWARD S.
Original glass plate interpositive prepared by Curtis for the printing of The North American Indian. Curtis, 1924
This is a splendid original glass plate made for Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian, the greatest photographic work on Native Americans. Curtis, one of the greatest American artists of his era, was the most celebrated photographer of North American Indians.
(APOLLO 11.) ARMSTRONG, NEIL and BUZZ ALDRIN
Armstrong and Aldrin raising the U.S. flag on the Moon’s surface. NASA, 
Signed by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first two men on the Moon. This image was taken by the Maurer Data Acquisition Camera (DAC, pronounced “dak”). The DAC made films through the Lunar Module Pilot’s window during the approach and landing of the LM and took stop motion photographs during the EVA at the rate of one frame per second.
(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) Alexander Gardner
Abraham Lincoln. Washington, November 8, 1863
This famous “Gettysburg portrait,” with Lincoln looking directly into the camera, was made just days before he delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.
“The patience, suffering and endurance of the whole Jewish race seem to be summed up in that expression.”STEICHEN, EDWARD
The Matriarch. New York, [1935, printed ca. 1960s]
Steichen made this celebrated photograph for a fundraising campaign for the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies during the first dark days of Nazi Germany.