Robert E. Lee: Circa 1869 Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Seated view of Lee facing slightly left. Credit and backmark of Anderson of Richmond, Virginia. Trimmed at bottom. One of three similar poses known, typically found with imprints of D. H. Anderson who is known to have worked in Richmond, Norfolk and White Sulphur Springs. Lee was in Richmond for a brief time in early August 1869 and later that month at White Sulphur Springs. A rarely seen image.
Robert E. Lee: Plecker Portrait in Rare Carte-de-Visite [CDV] Format. Outdoor view of Lee standing beside his war-time horse, Traveller. Made by A. H. Plecker and his assistant Michael Miley at Rockbridge Baths, Virginia, in the summer of 1866. The original negative was evidently lost or broken, so all examples that surface are copies of the original photographic print, typically heavily retouched, as is this one. The line in the photograph at the top suggests that Plecker photographed his enlarged and painted copy to make this CDV. Affixed to coated stock mount. Back mark of "A. H. Plecker, Traveling Artist." Light soiling and wear.
Robert E. Lee: Unusual Variant of the "Military Medallion" Carte-de-Visite [CDV] by Rockwell & Cowell, after Rees. "Genl. R. E. Lee and Staff. The Military Medallion". Affixed to coated stock mount with Rockwell & Cowell credit dated 1866 and back mark "Rockwell & Cowell, Photographers. Petersburg, Va." This is their original version with the photograph of Major Giles B. Cooke in the 8 o'clock position. Discoloration to mount, as is often seen on coated stock. Paper remnants and wear to verso, affecting the readability of the imprint. The Rees Gallery suffered fire damage on several occasions at their Sycamore Street location. The original negative of the "Military Medallion" was the only one of their old negatives they were able to save, according to descendents of the photographers.
Robert E. Lee: Lee Gallery "Floppy Tie" Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Circa 1870 copy-image carte, likely made from the original Julian Vannerson negative taken in 1864. Lee Photographic Gallery of Richmond [John W. Davies] back mark and photographer's credit. Davies had a close relationship with Vannerson, as the two occupied the same building at one time and it is believed he acquired many of the Vannerson negatives. The presentation of a photograph trimmed to an oval then pasted on a light background and re-photographed is also typical of the wartime work of Vannerson. A very clean example with sharp corners.
Robert E. Lee: Copy-Image Carte-de-Visite [CDV] after Brady. Example copied from one of Brady's "back door" photographs depicting Lee standing on a porch shortly after the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia. Back mark of A. A. Turner's New Orleans Photographic Gallery. Gold rule borders, sharp corners, a few black marks, scattered mottling [emulsion loss or degradation]. Still nice.
Robert E. Lee: Rees Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Vignetted profile portrait of Lee, taken by C. R. Rees of Richmond in late 1867. C. R. Rees & Company back mark. Three different poses were taken at this sitting. Great condition, and rarely seen so nice.
Robert E. Lee: Gardner Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Vignetted portrait of Lee in civilian clothing, titled "General Robert E. Lee" in the mount. Gold rule borders, Dated 1866 with photographer's credit and Alexander Gardner of Washington, D.C. back mark. Some small abrasions on verso from previous mounting. Image somewhat light, consistent with many of Gardner's CDVs.
Robert E. Lee: Boude & Miley Carte-de-Visite [CDV] of Lee & Faculty of Washington College. Composite carte featuring Lee in the center, surrounded by faculty members of Washington College, circa 1867-1868. Obviously photographed from a large format photo or maquette, as the backing board is visible at bottom. Back mark of "Stonewall Art Gallery. Boude & Miley, Lexington, Virginia" on coated stock mount. Purple rule border, trimmed at bottom with clipped corners at top. Lee still wears his general's uniform, sans insignia denoting rank.
Robert E. Lee: Rare 1870 Richmond Tour Book with Tipped-in Lee Photograph. Book containing a tipped-in albumen portrait of "R. E. Lee" by Rees, opposite page 134, surrounded by a black mourning border. The 4.25" x 6.25" book is tiled "Walks about Richmond. A Story for Boys, and a Guide to Persons Visiting the City", published by McCarthy & Ellyson of Richmond in 1870. Bound in purple cloth (fading to spine), 174 pages, library bookplate on inside front cover, original owner's name and date of acquisition (May 26, 1873) inscribed on free endpaper. A tight, clean copy.
Robert E. Lee: Vannerson Photograph on Lee Gallery Trade Card. Interesting carte-de-visite [CDV] featuring a Julian Vannerson "blockade" portrait of Lee, inscribed "The Lee Photographic Gallery, No. 920, Main Street, Richmond, Va." The Lee Gallery opened around 1869 and this constitutes an early advertising piece for them. An inscription on the verso says, in part: "Splendid old General. Present from Lee Gallery." A rare combination photographer's advertising piece with a desirable photograph of General Lee.
Robert E. Lee: Mounted Carbon Print Studio Portrait. 6" x 8.25" photograph affixed to original 7.5" x 10" mount (trimmed on sides). Taken in June 1870 at the Lexington, Virginia studio of Michael Miley, at the behest of sculptor Edward Valentine. The original portrait was an albumen photograph. This version is a much rarer, perhaps unique, carbon print. Miley was a pioneer in the development of this type of photographic print which was used in publications, often tipped in. Most collectors and dealers have never seen an original carbon print of Lee. Inscribed on verso: "Prepared by Dr. J. L. D. Armistead Professor English Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia for Mr. W. S. Covington of Moultrie, Ga."
Robert E. Lee: Miley Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Vignetted portrait in profile taken in June 1870 by Michael Miley of Lexington, Virginia. One of several poses taken on this day for use by artist Edward V. Valentine as models for his sculpture. It also served as the basis for the painting of Lee by John Dabour, commissioned by Lee's wartime aide-de-camp Walter H. Herron. The General wore two different coats for this session, one a frock coat and the other a sack coat. He seems to be wearing the very stylish "club collar" with rounded collar tabs in each photograph. This portrait was taken with Lee in the frock coat with stepped lapels. Photographer's credit and back mark on coated stock.
Robert E. Lee: Extremely Rare Cabinet Card by Gardner. Bust portrait of Lee peering directly into the camera, slightly different than the three better known poses made by Gardner in 1866. This pose has not been featured in publications of Gardner's work until used on the cover of "Battlefield Photographer" (Center for Civil War Photography) in 2015. Pink coated-stock mount with gold credit for "Gardner's Gallery" in Washington, D.C. Likely published in the 1870s.
Robert E. Lee: Anthony/Brady Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Half-length seated pose of Lee, taken in 1866 using a four-lens camera that produced four distinct variants. This is the full un-vignetted view with revenue stamp indicating it was one of the earlier copes made in 1866. Gold rule borders, Anthony/Brady back mark. Light, even toning, clear and resonant.
Robert E. Lee: Possibly Unique Dual-Photographer Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Odd-size (2 3/8" x 4 1/2"), elongated carte featuring the "unbuttoned coat taken-in-the-field" portrait of Lee, taken after the Battle of Fredericksburg in early 1863. Coated stock mount with embossed Minnis & Cowell credit dated 1863 at bottom. R. Wearn of Columbia, South Carolina back mark. This version is usually seen in oval format. This is rectangular and shows more of Lee's coat than other versions. Purchased by the consignor at an estate sale in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The Museum of the Confederacy has a similar carte with Wearn back mark, but it lacks the Minnis & Cowell credit. Some flyspecks in upper left, overall fading, vertical dark line to right of portrait, damp stains most noticeable on verso.
Robert E. Lee: Miley Cabinet Card. Half-length vignetted bust of Lee, taken sometime in 1868. Photographer's credit of "Boule & Miley. Lexington, Va." Scattered stains and soling, but the image itself is sharp and clear with none of the retouching normally encountered.
Robert E. Lee: Post-War Copy of "In the Field" Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Oval albumen of Lee, the "unbuttoned coat" view taken by Miley & Cowell and used as the centerpiece of their "Military Medallion". Rockwell & Cowell of Petersburg, Virginia back mark with cancelled 2-cent revenue stamp, indicating it was issued prior to August 1866. The Rockwell & Cowell back mark is scarce as their partnership was short-lived. A very clean example.
Robert E. Lee: President & Faculty of Washington College Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Composite carte showing Lee in the center, surrounded by members of the faculty. Boude & Miley of Lexington, Virginia back mark. Clipped corners, A nice, clean example of an elusive carte depicting Lee still wearing his general's uniform, sans insignia denoting rank.
Robert E. Lee: Unusual Cabinet Card by Miley Associate in Danville, Virginia. Vignetted profile portrait originally taken by Michael Miley in 1868. The card has a "M. Miley" blindstamp at the bottom and a faint inverted credit at the top, in the negative, reading "Miley, Sam'l L. Scott, Operator. Danville, Va." Scott operated Miley's branch office in Danville in the late 1870s and early 1880s. This combination of imprints is extremely rare and perhaps unique on a Robert E. Lee photograph. Bevelled edges with gold trim.
Robert E. Lee: War-Time Salt Print Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. 2" x 3 3/8" carte on coated stock mount. "Buttoned coat" companion portrait to the "unbuttoned coat" taken in the field. Very few examples of this photograph in this format, of obvious Confederate "hard times" manufacture, exist. Inscribed in pencil on front "Robert E. Lee Genl C. S. Army" and, on verso "Mobile Ala Dec 19 1864". Image somewhat light, as shown.
Robert E. and Mary Custis Lee: Hand-Tinted Cartes-de-Visite [CDVs] Accomplished and Signed by Mrs. Lee. Pair of cartes, one with M. Miley of Lexington back mark, the other with A. M. Hall of Alexandria back mark. Both are signed by "Mary Custis Lee". One is inscribed "Genl. R. E. Lee when a Capt of Engineers in the U.S. Army retouched for the Memorial Church at Lexington." The other reads: "Tinted for my dear Mrs. Cohen by her friend Mary Custis Lee, Warm Springs 28th July 1873". Sold together with a Washington College envelope postmarked June 30 , addressed to General Lucius Deshau, in which the CDVs were found. The image of Robert E. Lee is a copy of one of the altered "West Point" portraits of Lee produced after the war as a vignetted upper chest view.
Robert E. Lee: Miley Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Standing portrait of Lee, one of two similar poses taken in June 1870 by Michael Miley of Lexington, Virginia, under the supervision of Edward V. Valentine who was gathering photographs of General Lee to use as models for his sculpture. Photographer's credit and back mark ("Stonewall Art Gallery Boude & Miley"). The coated stock mount was a "leftover" from the previous partnership of Boude & Miley which had ended prior to the taking of this photograph.
Robert E. Lee: Miley Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Very rare 3/4 standing pose taken in June 1870 by Michael Miley of Lexington, Virginia. Photographer's credit and backmark. One of two standing poses taken at this particular session, under the supervision of Edward V. Valentine, who was gathering photographs of General Lee to use as models for his sculpture. Slightly trimmed at bottom with clipped corners. Fine condition overall.
Robert E. Lee: Cartoon Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Unmarked carte depicting Lee's head on the body of an insect, captioned "The Rebel General (F)Lea". Likely produced circa 1861-1862. Quite a rare carte and the only one depicting Lee in cartoon form. Sold together with an original 3.75" x 5" glass negative from which two of these cartes could be produced simultaneously.
Robert E. Lee: Plecker Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Very rare, from-life image of Lee posed inside Adam Plecker's "Traveling Gallery" taken during the summer of 1866 at Rockbridge Baths, Virginia. This is the only known photograph of Lee which shows the unaltered background inside Plecker's studio. Gold rule borders, trimmed at top and bottom (not affecting albumen). Slight pink tint applied to Lee's cheeks. A. H. Plecker back mark.
Charles L. McKesson. Under Pike's Peak; or, Mahalma, Child of the Fire Father. London and New York: F. Tennyson Neely, . First edition, 8vo, 302, [14, catalog] pages. Frontispiece and six plates (photographic views of the Pike's Peak region). Publisher's red cloth lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Condition: Binding rubbed, surface loss from biopredation, moderate affect to gilt lettering on spine. Previous owner's ink gift inscription on front free endpaper, dated "August 21, 1899". Over-opened between frontispiece and half-title. Foxing, heavier at times; and occasional minor smudges. Very good. Reference: Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years, 1414; Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s, 545; Teitler and Locke (2013) 803; Bleiler (1978), page 130; Reginald 09937.
George B. McClellan: Sixth Plate Ambrotype Hall Hanging. 2" x 2.5" ambrotype of McClellan housed in a thermoplastic frame with two suspension loops on verso. Chipping or wear to three corners of the frame, faint crazing to the ambrotype with some loss at the bottom. Displays well.
Alex[ander]. M. Darley. The Passionists of the Southwest, or the Holy Brotherhood. A Revelation of the 'Penitentes'. Pueblo (Colorado): [Printed for the author], 1893. First edition. 8vo, -59 pages. Portrait of the author. Title page illustration and other illustrations in text. Publisher's original brown cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the front board. "The first full account of the unusual sect of Penitentes." (Howes D68). Condition: Discoloration to the bottom third of the front board and front pastedown, slightly affecting the author's portrait of the front free endpaper; Moderate shelf-wear to spine, corners bumped, otherwise internally sound and in good condition.
Robert E. Lee: Extremely Rare Boude & Miley Carte-de-Visite [CDV] of Lee as President of Washington College. Vignette profile of Lee made at the same time as the oblique pose used for the composite of the faculty and staff of Washington College in 1867-1868. Photographer's credit on coated stock mount. The back mark is an engraving of Washington College buildings by Philadelphia engraver Adrian, known to have been associated with counterfeit Confederate currency. Two other examples of CDVs with this back mark exist, both in the collection of Washington & Lee, but this is the only example known on a Lee photograph. A few light spots, not affecting portrait, but generally in very fine to excellent condition.
Robert E. Lee: "War-Time Girls of Fincastle" Carte-de-Visite [CDV]. Composite view showing Lee surrounded by twelve women, believed to be residents of Fincastle, Virginia. The Lee portrait is one of the small-chest views made by Plecker in the summer of 1866. A. H. Plecker of Salem, Virginia back mark. Some light soiling and scratches (visible only at an angle, concentrated on the bottom third of the carte). Good condition. A single large format version can be found in the Virginia Historical Society.
Bernhardt Wall. Following General Sam Houston 1793-1863. Limerock: Bernhardt Wall, 1935. The San Jacinto Edition, limited to 100 numbered copies; this copy is out of series and marked "Personal". Signed by the author on the colophon page, with a second signature and inscription on a front endpaper. Square 4to, unpaginated. Olive cloth over plain gray boards, etched title on front board, with gray dust jacket. The original series of 100 included 65 etchings; the copy offered here includes 20, suggesting that it was put together by the printer from remaining prints for his personal use. Front endpaper stamped with "From The Library of Sarah & Joe Sinclair." Inscribed by Wall on second leaf: "To Mrs. J.F Lentz at Marshall Texas, May 20, 1936. Bernhardt Wall." Accompanied by a Bernhardt Wall Autograph Letter Signed, 6" x 9.25", San Antonio, December 28, 1938, addressed to Sallie and Fred Lentz, wishing them a happy Christmas season and a happy New Year. With original transmittal envelope as well as a newspaper clipping about Sam Houston. "The etchings for this pictorial biography of the American soldier and political leader were made in La Porte, Texas, close to the battlefield of San Jacinto, where Wall had the assistance of Houston's one surviving son" (Francis J. Weber, Following Bernhardt Wall). Condition: Sunning, scattered spots of foxing on pages. Area of foxing and soiling on front and backboards, light wear on the top and bottom edges of spine. A few of the front and back endpapers are adhered along the gutter, and cannot be fully opened, but the etchings are unaffected.
L[ouis]. A. Newcome. Pair of Newcome & Traver Books. New York: [1886-1887]. First editions.
Robert J. Casey. Group of Seven Bobbs-Merrill Company Books. Indianapolis: [1929-1934]. First editions, one of which is inscribed.
Charles G. Booth. Pair of William Morrow & Company Novels. New York: [1929-1930]. First editions, one signed.
John James Audubon. Group of Nearly Fifty Prints from the Abbeville Press Publication of The Birds of America. [New York: 1985]. Abbeville edition.
John James Audubon. Group of Approximately 165 Prints from the Abbeville Press Publication of The Birds of America. [New York: 1985]. Abbeville edition.
John James Audubon. Group of Nineteen Reproduction Prints. [New York and elsewhere: 1860-2002]. Includes one Bien, one 2002 restrike and seventeen Amsterdams.
Robert Frank. Les américains. Paris: . First edition, preceding all others.
Larry Clark. Tulsa. [New York: 1979]. First hardcover edition, signed.
Ed Ruscha. Every Building on the Sunset Strip. [Los Angeles]: 1966. First edition, second printing.
[Salvador Dalí]. Les diners de Gala. Barcelona: 1974. First Spanish (Catalan?) edition, signed by Dalí with an original drawing.
John Swan. Calamus Mensurans: The Measuring Reed. London: 1653. Presumed first edition.
William Salmon. Iatrica: seu praxis medendi. London: 1694. Expanded reissue of first edition.
Richard F. Burton [and Isabel Burton]. Group of Six Travel Books. New York and London: 1863-1904. Mixed editions, including a Memorial Edition.
[François Le Vaillant]. New Travels into the Interior Parts of Africa. London: 1796. First edition in English.
Richard F. Burton. The Works of... London: [1893-1894]. Memorial edition.
Richard F. Burton. The Highlands of Brazil. London: 1869. First edition.
Richard F. Burton. Wit and Wisdom from West Africa. London: 1865. First edition.
Richard F. Burton. The City of the Saints. London: 1861. First edition.