Fine Photography 19th Century
Edward Sheriff Curtis
Ethnologist and photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples. "The Vanishing Race." An image of the Navajo disappearing down a trail, embodying the disappearance of a people and a way of life. Platinum print, 6"x8" inches, with Curtis' signature, in ink, on recto, and with notations, in pencil and in ink, in an unknown hand, on verso. 1904. This is Curtis' most famous and arresting image.
Item Number: 14176
A Vintage Albumen photograph of Bedouin Warriors charging with swords drawn, circa 1880. Image size: 7" x 9." In this dramatic photo a dozen Bedouin horsemen with swords drawn are charging in full gallop through the barren desert sands. This image beyond any other early photo we have seen captures the spirit of the Bedouin warrior on his horse. The Bedouin cavalry with its speed and expert maneuvering was the pivotal force in most of the important historical events in the Arabian desert. A few Bedouin tents next to a lone palm tree stand in the background. On the horizon we make out the faint outline of mountains. It is very rare to find a photo that captures a scene of Bedouin warriors in the midst of a mounted charge from this early period, as the 19th century technology in photography was not designed to produce action shots of any sort and therefore photographers rarely attempted to do so. The most powerful image of Bedouin charge we have seen. In very good condition.
Item Number: 14537
Collection of 5 Vintage Lantern Images of Qajar Iran: The Royal Palace, Tehran & Isphahan, Circa 1905--- Including Earliest Aerial Image of Tehran we Have Seen
Collection of 5 Vintage Optical Lantern images of Iran circa 1905. 3 1/4" x 4." The images include the Qajar Royal Palace, the royal gardens in Tehran, the Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, and Muslims at prayer in a Persian Mosque. In the first image we see a Persian man in traditional 19th century clothing strolling in the Qajar Royal Palace and gardens. The second image is a very rare aerial view of 19th century Tehran, labeled "the Shah's gardens and the new neighborhoods." Since this image predates airplanes it is an extremely rare find, probably using an aerial balloon. In the third image we see the Khaju Bridge, which is one of the most famous bridges in Isfahan, Iran. It was built by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II around 1650 C.E., on the foundations of an older bridge. It has 23 arches and is 105 meters long and 14 meters wide. The structure served as both a bridge, and a dam, and public meeting place as it links the Khaju quarter on the north bank with the Zoroastrian quarter across the Zayandeh River. The next image shows a larger gathering of Muslims kneeling at prayer under an archway in a Persian Mosque. The fifth image is the ruins of Persepolis. These are positives on a glass lantern, Gelatin silver bromide. Magic lanterns, also known as optical lanterns, provided one of the most popular forms of entertainment during their heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries. Using an artificial light source and a combination of lenses, these devices enlarged small photographic transparency images and projected them onto a wall or screen. Three of these images were photographed by Arthur Radiguet of the esteemed "Maison Molteni," famous for its lantern images. The image of the Khaju Bridge was produced by T.H. McAllister, an important New York-based company, known for its high quality lantern images. Scarce and in very good condition.
Item Number: 14425
Photo Album Middle East
Album of 232 photographs mounted on 24 leaves. Varied sizes, but most photographs approximately 3.5" x 2.5." Vintage Oblong folio album, leather tie bound and blindstamped with copper plate on cover. Some light wear and soiling to leaves, but images generally clean and crisp. A fascinating album of striking images that capture the architecture, the landscape, the people, and animals from three countries, mostly Iran during WWII. The images show scenes of daily life, villages, holy places, camels and wild animals, men and women, as well as views from the countryside, cities, and railways. It was likely assembled by a British Railway Transportation officer as the album includes some Iranian railway paperwork. Many of the images are captioned in English. An altogether fascinating look at life in Iran and the Middle East during a pivotal decade. In very good condition.
Item Number: 14310
Sepia toned albumen photograph of an Arab warrior, 8" x 10" photograph on 13" x 10" original photographer mat. 19th century photograph circa 1880. Image of an Arab warrior proudly astride his horse. Handsomely costumed in a white thawb and a striped keffiyeh kept in place by a decorative agal. He wears a leather strap that holds his rifle and is armed with a khanjar curved knife. The Arabian horse is elegantly dressed in traditional Bedouin riding style with the unique saddle, halter, lead rope, tassled breast collar, stirrups and braided bridle with bit. Also attached to the horse is a canteen decorated with the Islamic crescent symbol and shells. The warrior and his horse gallantly pose in front of a blanket-covered shelter and what appears to be stone ruins. This rare photograph evokes the nobility of the desert Bedouins. "Cairo" printed on mat. Photo is titled "Costumi Arabia - Beduino A Cavallo" by "A. Noack in Genova." In excellent condition.
Item Number: 14348
[Magic Lantern Iran]
Collection of 2 Vintage Optical Lantern images of Iran circa 1905. 3 1/4" x 4." The first photo shows a few hundred people attending a funeral, with over twenty people standing in the trees. In the foreground musicians hold tubas and flutes. It is rare to find images of this era with musicians and their instruments. The men in the photo are wearing Qajar-era clothing including long tunics with astrakhan hats and most have beards. The second image shows a man being exposed to a public foot whipping as punishment for a crime. The accused is lying on his back with his feet tied up at an angle to a horizontal post. Men surround around him holding canes, including one extended out and resting on the accused's feet. The men are all dressed in traditional Qajar-era clothing including trousers, waistcoats, sardaris and astrakhan hats. These are positives on a glass lantern, Gelatin silver bromide. In 1850, William and Frederick Langenheim, invented a transparent positive image of a photograph in the form of a glass slide that could be projected onto a wall or screen using a Magic Lantern. Magic lanterns provided one of the most popular forms of entertainment during their heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries. Using an artificial light source and a combination of lenses, these devices enlarged small transparency images or miniature models and projected them onto a wall or screen. Scarce and in very good condition
Item Number: 14530
[Magic Lantern, Iran]
Collection of 2 Vintage Optical Lantern images of Iran, circa 1900. 3-1/4"x 4." The first photo captures a daily scene in a caravan square of an Iranian village. A crowd of villagers is immersed in the daily business and social routine. Sacks of grain are stacked beside a mud village wall, and people stop to speak to each other. In the background, a wind tower, typical of Yazd region and Southern Iran, rises over the village. In the second image a caravan of camels rests wearing saddles and bridles, having completed the day's journey. The camels rest in the courtyard of an Iranian village with a group of villagers gathered in the background. Scarce and in very good condition.
Item Number: 14563
[Sword, Arab Warrior]
Original vintage albumen photo of Arab Warrior with a Shamshir Sword, circa 1875. 3.5" x 4.7" In this subtely powerful image we see an Arab warrior wearing a white keffiyeh and traditionally dressed clutching the handle of his shamshir sword and sword sheath. He is sitting on the ground and leaning against a wall about to be pulling the sword out of its sheath. Intriguing and powerful photo. In very good condition.
Item Number: 14556
Collection of original CDV photographs, circa 1880. The first image is a beautiful sepia photograph of a woman wearing a bejeweled headdress, veil, and a myriad of necklaces, bracelets and rings. Second image captures a woman wearing a niqab balancing a large water pot on her head. The last image is an attractive profile photograph of a waterseller with a large container strapped to his body. Barefoot and wearing a turban, he extends his arm with a cup in hand. Photographers Stamp "Fotografia Egiziana/Luigi De Michele" on the back of each photo. Size of each: 2 1/2" x 4". Some very minor markings to the first image, which do not affect woman's image; otherwise all are in excellent condition.
Item Number: 14286
19th century albumen photograph. 10.5" x 8". Mounted on split card. Minor crack to top of image. Very good condition.
Item Number: 14065
19th century albumen photograph of camels traveling through an Arabian Street. 10.5" x 8". Image shows three camels loaded with goods traveling through an Arabian street with people from the town going about their day. Two large palm trees grow on the dirt road. Mounted on split card. Very good condition.
Item Number: 14066
A set of Original Vintage Albumen Photographs of a Bedouin Camp, circa 19th century. Image size: 8" x 10." First photo un-mounted, second photo mounted. In the first photo we can see a large meeting of Bedouin men congregated under a tent in a dry grassy plain of the desert. The second photo captures 5 saddled horsemen speaking with a Bedouin elder outside a large Bedouin camp. Two intriguing photos in very good condition.
Item Number: 14597
The Mosque of Omar, Umayyad, and of "Prophet Mahomed's Family Tomb"---Collection of Original 19th Century Photographs
A collection of three 19th-Century Photographs of the Mosque of Omar, Umayyad, and of "Prophet Mahomed's Family Tomb." Overall image size is 8.5" x 11." The image on the left shows the inside court and buildings of The Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus, in Syria, one of the largest mosques in the world. It is considered by some Muslims to be the fourth-holiest place in Islam and is one of the oldest mosques in the world. The image is titled "Damas - Court de la grande Mosque." Circa 1880s. The center image is an albumen photograph of the interior of the Mosque of Omar (Dome of the Rock) and the Foundation Stone in Jerusalem. The foundation stone is in the foreground with the intricately decorated architecture of the dome in the background. In the Muslim faith, the Dome of the Rock is the site of the Islamic miracle of the Isra and Miraj. The final image shows the Bab al-Saghir cemetery in Damascus, Syria, where lie the graves of many relatives of Muhammad. A large mosque is visible on the horizon. This image is titled "Damas - Tombeaue de la familile de Mahomed." Damascus - Tomb of the Family of Mohammed. Circa 1880s. A One-inch tear has been skillfully repaired. Overall all three photographs are in very good condition.
Item Number: 14350
Collection of 4 Stereoview Photographs bearing a double 6" x 3" photograph showing scenes from an Arabian Gulf town, Cityscape, Arab Caravan and the ruins at Petra, in Jordan printed late 19th century. In the first photo we see a person resting on the riverbank across from an Arabian Gulf town with Palm trees. The second photo shows a caravan of camels and Bedouins camping. The third image is of an Arabian cityscape from the roof top including a large mosque doom with minaret. The final image captures the Palace and Corinthian Tombs, Petra, Jordan. In good condition.
Item Number: 14576
1887 Collotype of horse racing with a sulky, printed 1887 by Eadweard Muybridge for Animal Locomotion, Plate 653. 7.5" x 14.75" on a 19" x 24" sheet. Printed on recto: "Animal Locomotion. Plate 594. Copyright, 1887, by Eadweard Muybridge, All Rights Reserved." Edges foxed, few spots to plate, minor soiling to edges.
Item Number: 14259
Original nineteenth century hand colored photograph of the King's arabian horse. Image size is 7.6" x 9.7." Photograph of the Sultan's white horse. The majestic horse wears an embelished gold and red saddle that matches the gold and red uniform of the groom holding it. Beside the groom is an aide-de-camp dressed in a green uniform standing with sword in sheath. The background is an elaborate carpeted stone staircase with Arabic motifs leading to the open doors of the Pera Palace Hotel. Overall a very attractive and sharp image. Photographer's stamp on verso: "Photographie Apollon. Gulmez Feres Photographes de S.M.I. le Sultan. Succursale vis-a-vis le Pera Palace Hotel. Constantinoples." Overall very good condition.
Item Number: 14351
Set of original albumen photographs of an Arabian Bazaar, circa 1880's. The photos capture two different angles from different years at the same bazaar. In both photos, the bazaar is bustling with men in long white tunics buying and selling goods, while ours are seen resting in the shadow of the archways. A few donkeys are also present carrying heavy loads of goods. Mounted on splitcard. Original prints. Image size of both approximately 8" x 10". Condition is good plus, and would be excellent but for minor loss of contrast.
Item Number: 14688
[JAPAN SUMO PHOTO]
An original 19th century albumen photograph of two Japanese sumo wrestlers in starting position. 10.5" x 8.5" Mounted on split card. Minor loss of tone and contrast. Tastefully handpainted only on the cloths the wrestlers are wearing, as was typical of 19th century Japanese images. This image has an artful minimalistic quality. Overall condition good.
Item Number: 14062
A set of Original Vintage Albumen Prints of a Bedouin Camp, circa 19th century. Size: 8" x 10." In the first photo we can see a large meeting of Bedouin men congregated under a tent in a dry grassy plain of the desert. The second photo captures 5 saddled horsemen speaking with a Bedouin elder outside a large Bedouin camp. Two intriguing photos in very good condition.
Item Number: 14589
Photograph Civil War
Ambrotype photograph of Horse & Carriage. Circa 1850-1859. 3" x 4." This is a very attractive image of a family seated in a carriage and 2 large horses being attended to. Housed in a leather original case with red velvet interior. Ambrotypes were one of the earliest photography processes. An early glass image process in the 1850's, predating the 1860's tintypes and paper processes. In very good condition.
Item Number: 9956
Vintage photograph of a camel train in the Sahara. Printed circa 1890s. Mounted on a split card. Shows a view of a couple dozen Arab men traveling on camels in the desert. In the foreground a man rides with his small child and several of the camels are heavily loaded with material goods. In very good condition.
Item Number: 14377
Set of two vintage Albumen photographs 8 1/4" X 10-1/2", 8.25" x 10.5" made in the 1800s. Unmounted. First photo shows a view of the Pyramids with a foreground of Palm Trees and Native men on Camels. The Sphinx can be seen in the distance. Etched into the lower left of the photograph are the words, "Palmiers & Pyramides vue Generale 494" and in the lower right, the photographer's mark, "JP Sebah." Very clean condition with a few small flaws in the emulsion. Pascal Sébah opened his photography studio in Istanbul in 1857 and by 1873 was successful enough to open another studio in Cairo. After he died in 1886, the studio was managed by his brother Cosmi until Pascal's son, Jean, joined him in 1888. Due to the mark, this is most likely a photograph by Jean Pascal Sebah. An excellent example. Second photo captures a scene on the Nile in Egypt with pyramids in the background by Cosmi Sebah. The photographer's signature in the negative lower right recto. Several minor scattered imperfections including a waviness throughout. Overall condition is good.
Item Number: 14111
Vintage original albumen photograph of a Bedouin with his horse, published circa 1880. Image size: 7" x 9." In this image we can see a Bedouin horseman traditionally dressed in a thoab and kufiyya with igaal. The warrior is approaching his horse from the front. His majestic white steed stands saddled and alert. Overall in very good condition.
Item Number: 14582
Vintage original photochrome print of a Persian Family from Teheran, published circa 1904. Size: 6.7" x 8.6." This richly colored image shows a Persian family with mother and grandmother, in the home watching over two children. The mother is dressed in traditional Persian attire with chemise of rich red fabric and a bell-shaped skirt in colors of teal and gold. On her head she wears a shear green veil. She stands upon a rug barefoot, rocking a sleeping infant in a carpeted hammock while her young son appears curled up and resting on a rug with pillows. The elder woman, the grandmother, is wearing a wrap with a chemise of similar rich red and green fabric sitting on the floor attending to a mixture of some kind with a fan in her hand. A woman's slippers lay next to her. In the background we can see vibrant tapestries, Persian rugs, traditionalwindowpanes and the brick walls. Photochrome was a 19th century color process. The initials "P.Z." indicate that the print was produced by Photoglob Zürich, the first Photochrome company in the world. In Excellent Condition.
Item Number: 14534
Original Photograph of an Arabian Bazaar. Silver Print. Circa 1920. Striking composition of a bazaar with a loosely woven canopy. The canopy casts a beautiful checkered shadow pattern on the bazaar. Several men in white tunics walk through the bazaar as vendors sell clothing and carpets from their tables and baskets. An aesthetically compelling image with high contrast and remarkable symmetry. 5" by 7." In excellent condition.
Item Number: 14288
Original 19th Century albumen photograph of whirling dervishes. 10.5" by 8.5." A compelling composition of an adult and child whirling dervish with their arms raised. An older man plays the "ney" wind instrument, while a man and child sit on the floor on top of a decorative rug. Whirling Dervishes are part of Sufi order founded in Konya by the followers of Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian. Dervish is a term for an initiate of the Sufi path and whirling is part of a formal Sama ceremony. An aesthetically powerful image. 5" by 7." In very good condition.
Item Number: 14303
Abd el-Kader was an Algerian religious and military leader who led a struggle against the French colonial invasion in the mid-19th century and founded the Algerian state. He was An Islamic scholar and Sufi who unexpectedly found himself leading a military campaign, he built up a collection of Algerian tribesmen that for many years successfully held out against one of the most advanced armies in Europe. A Vintage Original Carte de visite photograph of Abd el-Kader, circa 1900. Size: 2.5x4", sepia tones. In very good condition.
Item Number: 14593
Original nineteenth century photochrome print. 10.5" by 8." Mounted on split card. Photograph shows six women and two small children on the back of a cart traveling on dirt street, guided by a barefoot boy with a white donkey. All the women wear hijabs and have powerful expressions on their faces. Behind the cart is a classic Arab door frame with Arabic motifs. The bottom of the photo reads in gold lettering "2187. P.Z. - Kairo. Charrette Transportant des Femmes Arabes." Overall a very attractive and sharp image. In very good condition overall with some minor imperfections.
Item Number: 14390
French 19C. photographer, famous for his portraits of Baudelaire. Autographed Letter Signed, 1 page, approx. 8"x5", on his photography studio's letterhead, "Et. Carjat & Cie Photographes - 10 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 10, Paris" dated August 29, 1878. Carjat writes in his hand "My dear Zallim, Could you offer me a booth, similar to the last one, for tomorrow, Monday, before 4 o'clock, without an envelope. You know that in exchange of your charming theater, my modest studio is at you and your friends' disposal. Thanking you in advance, and yours with all my heart, Your old and affectionate..." Signed boldly in black ink, "Et. Carjat." On the back of the letter are a list of names and their positions in the theater in a different hand. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 11969
Vintage Colored Albumen Photograph of Inside the Palace in Teheran, Iran. Printed in 1887 by E. Sangleboeuf. 6.7" x 9." glued on cardboard. This photograph of inside the Iranian palace is heightened with gouache, a versatile painting technique which uses dense intensive colors. The gouache paint enhances the photo with a quiet brilliancy making the features of the room pop with subtle color. In the photograph we can see the geometric details of the window etchings standout in hues of blue and green, while the furniture, rugs, and floral arrangements are lightly stroked with colors in red, brown, blue, gold, and grey. The room itself is richly furnished with various sitting areas, candelabras, seven floral arrangments, and what appears to be a small pond in the center of the room. With some areas of age related foxing. Overall a rare and beautiful vintage photograph in very good condition.
Item Number: 14535
[NASER AL-DIN SHAH QAJAR] [SHAH]
CDV photograph Naser al-Din Shah Qajar King of Persia Iran Lagriffe Paris c1870s. Cdv photograph looking 1870s by design. Measurements: Standard (approx 10cm x 6.5cm for card) Condition: Very good
Item Number: 14097
Set of two large vintage albumen prints in sepia tone depicting life in the desert landscape of Aden c. 1870, now Yemen. Both photos depict the rugged landscape and village life typical in this region of the Arabian Penninsula. The first image foreground presents Arab men gathering with their camels around a well in the foreground, while a carriage and horse wait at a bridge in the background. The reservoir of Attawila, which dominates the image, had been designed in medieval times to capture rain water during flash floods for drinking; while the resevoir fell out of use in the 16th century, the British revived their function in the 19th century. Today the monuments draw tourist attention. The second image shows travelers in motion on a dirt road leading to the city walls, set between the precipices of Aden. Defensive ramparts traverse the mountain top. The first image measures approximately 8"x11" and is mounted on a photographer's matt with labels " Aden B.F.R. Rives." The second image measures approximately 7"x10" mounted on blue photographer's matt with label "Aden.- Route conduisant a la ville arabe d' Aden.-" Both overall in very good condition.
Item Number: 14691
Photograph of Arab Ruins and Palm Trees. Printed circa 1890. Sepia toned. 10.5" by 8.25." Mounted on split card. Photograph of Arab ruins framed by several palm trees of different heights. In very good condition.
Item Number: 14382
Original 19th Century Hand colored photograph of the Festival of Lanterns at Yokohama, Japan. The photograph measures 8"x10" and is matted to 10-1/2"x13". Lower right hand corner label reads "A 264 Festival Lanterns at Bentendori, Yokohama." Festival lanterns cheer up the business district of Bentendori 2-chome and 3-chome in Yokohama. During the Meiji Period, this was Yokohama’s premier shopping street. Foreign visitors came here to buy porcelain, curios, ivory, silk and photographs. The photographer of this very image, Kimbei Kusakabe, actually had a studio on this street between 1881 and 1889. Unfortunately, the exotic amalgamation of Japan and the Western world that existed on Bentendori was forever destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Photographs such as this are all that is left of a bygone era. In very good condition.
Item Number: 13932
An original 19th century albumen photograph. Mounted on a card. 9-1/2" x 7". Shows a picturesque view of Naples with an umbrella pine in the foreground and the city and bay below, with two mountains hovering in the distance. Fishing boats, a ruin on a man-made islet, and a three-mast sailing ship can be seen in the Mediterranean waters.
Item Number: 13892
Collection of 6 Stereoview Photographs bearing a double 6" x 3" photograph depicting various scenes from turn of the century Morocco, including photos of the market, a desert oasis, a bird's eye view of Tangier, and a solider with his sword.
Item Number: 14566
Original 19th Century photograph showing a venice canal with a bridge reflecting into the water and gondolas docked to the side. The photograph is very large, measuring 10-1/2"x14" and mounted on heavy cardboard to an overall size of 14"x20". The Ponte dei Sospiri (or "Bridge of Sighs) which is the focal point of this photograph is an enclosed bridge passing over the Rio di Palazzo which connects the prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. The bridge got its name because the view through the narrow stone-barred windows was the last sight of Venice convicts got to see before being led to their imprisonment. Catalogue numbered in the lower left hand corner within the photo "9. Venezia/ Ponte dei Sospiri." Another image of the same size and condition is on the verso, labeled within the photo "38. Venezia/Palazzo Ducale." Moderate staining and warping to cardboard, but photograph itself is in fine condition.
Item Number: 13933
Original 19th Century photograph showing a Venice canal and Palace. The photograph is very large, measuring 10-1/2"x14" and mounted on heavy cardboard to an overall size of 14"x20". Shows a view of Palazzo Ca' D'oro in Venice from the canal, with the palace reflecting a mirror image in the water. the Ca' D'oro (or Palazzo Santa Sofia) is one of the oldest palaces in Venice and today is a public museum. This photograph shows it prior to extensive restorations which occurred in the 1890s, and shows a markedly lower waterline than is visible today. Catalogue numbered in the lower left hand corner within the photo "13. Venezia/ Piazzo Ca Doro." Another image of the same size and condition is on the verso, labeled within the photo "129. Venezia/Interno S. Marco." Moderate staining and warping to cardboard, but photograph itself is in fine condition.
Item Number: 13935
Original Albumen photographic print of 19th century Paris. In the foreground several carriages are crossing paths in front of the Paris Opera. Circa 1880s. by X.phot. as credited in the title bar. A superb image capturing a period of time in 19th century Paris. 8" x 11". A sharp, clean image. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 14051
Original Vintage Albumen Photograph of an Arabian Market, circa 1880s. Striking photo capturing a daily scene in an Arabian Market. Several men in white tunics walk through the market and along the street. Buildings towers and domed roofs rise from behind the market lending perspective and giving us an aesthetically compelling backdrop. 10" x 7.5" A slight pinhole in top left, chip top right, light creasing. Overall In very good condition condition.
Item Number: 14290
Large 19th Century Original Photograph of Niagara Falls. Shows a view of Niagara Falls in the winter. Mist rises from the water and snow covers the surrounding landscape. 7-1/2"x9-3/4" mounted on heavy cardboard to an overall size of 11-1/4"x16-1/2". Pencil notation in the lower right hand corner reads "Niagra". Some staining to cardboard, but the photograph itself is in fine condition.
Item Number: 13936
Circa 1870s vintage sepia albumen photograph showing the Sphynx in the foreground and Pyramids in the background. This photograph is by Zangaki. 8.5" x 10.9". Unmounted. A nice early example in good condition.
Item Number: 14064
Albumen print photograph 8 ½" X 11", made in the 1800’s and mounted on paper. Shows a view of Le Boulevard de la Madeleine in Paris, one of the four 'grands boulevards' in Paris filled with horses and carriages, and the corner of the Eglise de la Madeleine to the left. Photographer is noted as “X Phot” at the bottom of the print. According to the Treadwell Resource on stereo photographers, X was used by E. Neurdein, of Paris and Marseilles, France. Neurdein operated in the 1870’s through 1880’s. Excellent condition and an excellent and early image of Paris.
Item Number: 14046
Vintage albumen silver photograph 9-3/8" x7-3/4". Inscription on lower border reads: "ROMA - Mole Adriana e Ponte S. Angelo". In very good condition with expected age wear and toning. Slight bend, imperceptible when framed.
Item Number: 13888
Original 19th Century photograph showing St. Mark's square (Piazza San Marco) in Venice. The photograph is very large, measuring 10-1/2"x14" and mounted on heavy cardboard to an overall size of 14"x20". Shows a view of Saint Mark's Square, the principal public square in Venice and a location used in countless artworks, films and literature through the centuries. A remark attributed to Napoleon calls the Piazza San Marco the "drawing room of Europe." The square has been remarkably unchanged by time and appears very similar in paintings of 300 years ago, to this photograph of over 100 years ago, and as it is today. Catalogue numbered in the lower left hand corner within the photo "48. Venezia/ Piazzo S. Marco." Another image of the same size and condition is on the verso, labeled within the photo "25. Venezia/Loggetta." Moderate staining and warping to cardboard, but photograph itself is in fine condition.
Item Number: 13934
2 photographs of Ramesis Statue,and Large Monument,.Printed Circa 1880s , on 2 large albumen prints. 8-1/2"x10" mounted on recto and verso of one 10"x10" board. First image is signed on photograph in ink "A. Beato." Second image appears to have been signed in negative "A. Beato" Cockling to mount, some surface scratching on both photographs. Upper corner of mount bent, not affecting any image. Because of the existence of a number of photographs signed "Felice Antonio Beato" and "Felice A. Beato", it was long assumed that there was one photographer who somehow managed to photograph at the same time in places as distant as Egypt and Japan. But in 1983 it was shown by Italo Zannier (Bennett 1996, 38) that "Felice Antonio Beato" represented two brothers, Felice Beato and Antonio Beato, who sometimes worked together, sharing a signature. The confusion arising from the signatures continues to cause problems in identifying which of the two photographers was the creator of a given image. Antonio Beato went to Cairo in 1860 where he spent two years before moving to Luxor where he opened a photographic studio in 1862 and began producing tourist images of the people and architectural sites of the area. In the late 1860s, Beato was in partnership with Hippolyte Arnoux.
Item Number: 13969
1880s Albumen Photo of the interior of the hypostyle hall in the Temple of Hathor at Dendera, Egypt. The great vertical mass created by the columns, capped with carved heads and bathed in sunlight, is contrasted with the small human-sized door at the end of the hallway with darkness and rubble inside. The photograph measures 11" x 8." Photograph taken by Adelphoi Zangaki, circa 1880s, a noted travel photographer best known for his ancient Egyptian scenes. An excellent example. Small tear near top margin, otherwise in excellent condition.
Item Number: 14049
A set of two vintage albumen photos of Qajar Shahs, Nasser-al Din & Mozaffer Ed-Din. The first photo is an albumen Carte de visite photograph of Nasser-al-Din, Qajar Shah, published by Clement Lagriffe, circa 1875. Size: 2.5x4", sepia tone. The second photo captures a stately pose from Qajar Shah, Mozaffer Ed-Dine, published circa 1900's. Size: 1.6" x 2.9." Bottom right corner of first photo missing. Overall both photos in very good condition.
Item Number: 14591
Albumen print photograph 8 ½" X 11", made in the 1800’s and mounted to a stiff light blue paper mount to 9 ½" x 12". Shows a view of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. Photographer is noted as “X Phot” at the bottom of the print. According to the Treadwell Resource on stereo photographers, X was used by E. Neurdein, of Paris and Marseilles, France. Neurdein operated in the 1870’s through 1880’s. Very clean condition with a few marks.
Item Number: 14050
Two Copperplate Photogravure Book Illustrations depicting a Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Both are original 1926 photogravures. Photogravure were made after photographs by Karl Gröber and were included in the first edition of a book with text and photogravures by Grober, published in 1926. Mecca is Islam's holiest city and home to the Kaaba shrine and the Masjid al-Haram (The Sacred or Grand Mosque). The first photogravure presents a ground-level view of the Mosque. The second photogravure shows a birds-eye view of the Mosque. Sheet size for each is about 8.25" x 10.25" / Printed area about 6.25" x 8.25". Exellent condition
Item Number: 14423
Vintage19th century albumen photograph. 7.5" by 9.5" Mounted on thick paper. Very good condition. No writing or other marks on photograph. On the mount an inscription in an antique hand in ink reads, "Corso Vittorio Emanuele" and another hand in pencil reads "Milan." Lovely and intensely detailed view of a deserted street containing only an old man, seated, and a horse and buggy. At the end of the street a gothic cathedral rises above the city in an ethereal atmospheric fade.
Item Number: 14114
Pesto Basilica [ITALY PHOTO]
Albumen print, 8"x10" matted. Photograph of one of the 3 temples at the archaeological site of Paestum, an ancient Greek City in modern day Campania, Italy. Considered today to be one of the best preserved ancient Greek cities in the world. Reads at the bottom "2062 Pesto. Basilica Sommer - Napoli"
Item Number: 13890
7-1/2"x9-1/2" on a 9-1/4"x12" mount. View of the ruins of the Greek Theater in Taormina with the bay in the background left and the town of Taormina in the background right.
Item Number: 13967
Copperplate Photogravure Book Illustration of a Bird's-Eye View of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This is is an original 1926 photogravure. Photogravure was made after a photograph by Karl Gröber. It was included in the first edition of a book with text and photogravures by Grober, published in 1926. Sheet size is about 8.25" x 10.25" / Printed area about 8.5" x 6.25" Mecca is Islam's holiest city and home to the Kaaba shrine and the Masjid al-Haram (The Sacred or Grand Mosque).
Item Number: 14422
History newspaper May 12, 1857. The Dodge County Citizen with a large ad for the "Kellog's premium ambrotype and daguerreotype gallery. First class pictures taken ... Pictures of children taken almost instantaneously ... pictures taken in all kinds of weather. Mr. K has all improvements in ambrotypes ... the picture being protected only by black varnish which is liable to get scratched ... " The ad also has an illustration of a camera on a tripod.
Item Number: 6445
19th Century Venice
Three 19th Century Photographs of Venice, Italy. First photograph, sepia tone, 10 x 7.5", Image of front view of St. Mark's Cathedral, the most prominent church in of the city of Venice. Second photo, sepia tone, 9.5 x 7.25", photo of a close up of a horse statue outside of St. Mark's Cathedral. photo has a small tear on top right corner. Third photo, sepia tone, 9.5 x 7.25". Photo of the Ducal Palace. The palace is the highest and richest symbol of Venetian civilization, of its cultural, military, political and economic history. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 11774
CDV [Napoleon III]
Napoleon III carte-de-vistie. Emperor of France. Legend has it Napoleon III in 1859 en route with his troops to Italy, stopped at Disdéri’s Paris studio to have his portrait taken. Seizing the opportunity, Disdéri sold thousands of copies. Almost overnight a new CDV fad was born. The studios of Paris, not only Disdéri’s, were besieged by patrons who wished to have their pictures taken in the new style. 2.5x4", Upper body image of Bonaparte wearing military regalia.
Item Number: 11562
Early Photograph of Cave of the Nativity circa 1880. Black and white photo. 8.5" x 11." The Cave of the Nativity in Bethlehem is traditionally considered the birthplace of Jesus. Steps from The Church of the Nativity lead down to the subterranean cave. Rectangular in shape, the cave measures about 12 metres by 3 metres. The cave is decorated with objects of devotion and on feast days the cave is lit by 48 hanging lamps. Titled "335 Grotte de la Nativite. - Cave of the Nativity" at the bottom with photographer's name "Bonfils" signed on the negative. Good condition.
Item Number: 14349
Vintage original Albumin Photograph of Cannes Côtes d'Azur. Circa 1880. 8-1/2"x11" unmounted. Housetop view down to the curved beach of the Cote d'Azur. The image has an atmospheric quality which becomes softer in the far background.
Item Number: 13966
An early and rare stereoview of Los Angeles taken between 1860 and 1870. View shows a busy street scene with many buggy's and delivery wagons. The store at the center is Levy & Coblentz liquor and tobacco store. The mount is on yellow card stock and has a nice store advertisement on the back. The mount has some minor soiling but the albumen are excellent. The right image has a label "Los Angeles, California"
Item Number: 11745
[GRAND CANYON PHOTO]
7-1/2"x9-1/2". Unmounted. Shows the rocky chasm of the Grand Canyon. Men and mules work their way down a narrow trail to the bottom. Photograph is in very good condition, with rich siena tones. In the lower center margin photo is labeled "'Jacobs Ladder' 2055 ft. below Rim." The photographer is identified in the lower right corner "Copyright 1905 by Kolb Bros. Grand Canyon, Ariz." Pencil notation on back "Grand Canyon of Arizona."
Item Number: 13938
1889 New York City
Stereoview original 19 century photograph of NYC Central Park, a double 6" x 3", sepia toned photograph of ice skaters on the ice at Central Park entitled "Merry Gliders, Central Park, NY". Copyright 1889, by Underwood & Underwood.
Item Number: 11083
10-1/2"x14" mounted on heavy cardboard to an overall size of 14"x20". A pastoral scene, with olive trees in foreground, rolling hills in middle, and the city of Jerusalem spread across the distance. Moderate warping and light color shift to cardboard, but photograph itself is in fine condition. Identified within bottom center of photo, "Jerusalem. (from Mt. of Olives.) <260> Jerusalem, (du Mont de Oliviers.)" and a logo appears in the lower right hand corner in the trunk of an olive tree "American Colony, Jerusalem." Another image of the same size and condition is on the verso, showing a different view of the Mount of Olives. In this image, a hill rises up in the distance, with olive trees and a few buildings strewn about between a maze of intersecting roads. Labeled in the bottom center of the photo "Mount Olivet." The logo "American Colony Jerusalem" appears in the lower left.
Item Number: 13937
Earthquake Scene [San Francisco]
This stereoview is of the northeastern part of San Francisco looking towards the Bay. On April 18, 1906 San Francisco was struck by an earthquake. This image shows the destruction of the streets by the earthquake. Also, we see objects scattered along the street, these are makeshift fireplaces protected by widescreens that were used by people to cook since after the fire people were not allowed to light either gas or kerosene indoors. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 11746
19th Century Paris
Sepia toned albumen, 11 x 8.25". 19th century photograph of Paris, France. Image of a busy street scene. People in period dress and horse drawn carriages are seen on the "avenue de l'opera." In excellent condition.
Item Number: 11773
19th Century Vienna
Sepia toned albumen, 9.75" x 8.75". Photo by Oscar Kramer. Photograph of Vienna, Austria. Image of trees in foreground, hill tops in background and in middle 19th century Austrian city landscape. Most recognizable buildings are the Stefansdom Cathedral on the right and the Karlskirche Cathedral in the middle. Top corners have been cut round.
Item Number: 14217
Keystone View Co. Stereoview of The Great Wall of China
Item Number: 14110
New York City
Original vintage photo of New York's Postal Telegraph and Home Life Buildings, copyrighted 1895. The photograph provides a black and white aerial view of the street, providing visual details of street traffic that includes both horse-drawn carriages and early trolleys. Marked on back "NYC Bldgs. Stc Postal Tel. Bldg." and stamped Charles L. Ritzmann Art Store." Minor chips to bottom corners and minor crease on top left corner, neither effecting the image. Measuring 6.5x8" in very good condition.
Item Number: 14882