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HAND-COLORED PHOTOGRAVURE OF
Jay. Emerald Pool. Hand-colored photogravure. 3x9 inches, on official
imprinted mount (imprinted on verso), the whole measuring 5¾x13½ inches. Border
of image ruled in gold. Housed in the original glassine sleeve. A very fine
copy. Yellowstone Park: F. Jay Haynes, Official Photographer, no date (c. 1910).
A beautiful hand-colored photogravure of Emerald Pool at
Yellowstone. Emerald Pool is noted for having the purist colors of all the
thermal areas in the Park. Based on the imprinted information of the verso,
there were twelve images in this series issued by Haynes. Quite scarce in this
ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF
ROOSTER ROCK ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER
[OREGON]. An original photograph of Rooster
Rock on the Columbia River. 19.5 x 15.3 cm. On stiff card stock. Printed and
penciled notations on verso. Title lightly imprinted at lower left within the
negative. A near fine copy. (Oregon: George M. Weister, 1900). $75.
An original photograph by George M. Weister. Rooster Rock is now part of the
Rooster Rock State Park located east of Corbett, Oregon. At the time the
photograph was taken, it was located on the line of the Oregon-Washington
Railroad & Navigation Company. The Rock is a column of basalt, a natural
obelisk, which stands near the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. A large
placard near the Park’s entrance once asserted that the monolith was noted by
the explorers Lewis and Clark in their journal.
ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF
GENEVA, JURA MOUNTAINS IN BACKGROUND
[GENEVA]. Schroeder & Co.
Panorama vers le Jura II. Original albumen photograph. 20.6 x 26.5 cm.
x 10⅜ inches]. Very minor crease to upper right corner. A fine copy. Zürich:
Schroeder & Cie., (c.1890). $125.
A beautiful late-nineteenth century vintage albumen photograph of Geneva,
Switzerland looking toward the Jura mountains in the background. The image is
sharp and clear with excellent contrast.
MAGNIFICENT BIRD’S-EYE-VIEW OF HELENA, MONTANA
MONTANA]. “Perspective Map of the
City of Helena, Mont. Capital of State, County Seat of Lewis & Clark Co. 1890.”
Original bird’s-eye-view two-stone lithograph. 26¼ x 39½ inches. Framed and
glazed. A very fine example. Milwaukee: American Publishing Co., 1890. $3,750.
A large and
magnificent two-stone lithograph of Helena, Montana with streets named and all
the buildings shown in perspective. Printed in black and shades of gray. There
are seventeen inset views of outlying subdivisions, and specific buildings
including the East Side additions of Lenox and Corbin, the Northern Pacific
Railroad repair shops and round house, the Wallace-Thornburgh Lumber Company,
the Helena Daily Journal and other newspapers, the Broadwater Hotel and
Natatorium, various banks, manufacturing plants, the residence of W.E. Cox, Nick
Kessler’s brewery, etc. At the bottom center under the title of the image:
“Compliments of Kessler’s Brewery, Nicholas Kessler, Proprietor, Helena –
Montana.” [Reps, Views and Viewmakers of Urban
FIRST PRINTED MAP OF JAPAN
TO APPEAR IN A WESTERN ATLAS
Ortelius, Abraham. Japoniae Insulae Descriptio Ludoico Teisera auctore.
Plate size: 35.7 x 48.7 cm. (approx. 14 x 19 inches). Ample margins. Original
full coloring in pink, yellow, green, and blue. Two ornate cartouches; three
sailing ships, stipple-engraved seas. A very fine and strong impression.
(Antwerp, 1598). SOLD
First state of this important map, from the French edition of
1598. This map, drawn by the Portuguese Jesuit Luiz Teixeira (based on unknown
sources), was the first printed map of Japan to appear in a western atlas. It
shows all of Japan, part of Korea and part of China. A statement in the upper
right corner reads, “Cum Imperatorio, Regio, et Brabantiæ privilegio decennali.
1595,” which gave the Royal and Brabant privilege for ten years, beginning in
1595. This map is considered a milestone in the cartography of Japan and is
surprisingly accurate as far as the Japanese islands are concerned. It retained
its influence until more than fifty years later when a new milestone map
appeared, the Martini map of 1655.
RARE CIVIL WAR PHOTOGRAPH
Verso of mount
BRADY, M.B. and Alexander Gardner.
Camp Scene on the Pamunky River, 1862.
Original albumen photograph. 6 x 8½ inches. Mounted on publisher’s stiff
imprinted card stock measuring 9 x 11 inches. Good contrast. Mount lightly
a few tiny spots or very light surface scratches to image. A near fine copy.
Hartford, Conn.: Taylor & Huntington, (c.1890).
This photograph was taken from the original glass negative.
The camps of the Army of the Potomac covered many square miles. This image shows
a picturesque view of a camp at Cumberland Landing, on the Pamunky River,
Virginia, in May, 1862. Numerous wagons and horses are shown in the foreground
with hundreds of tents in the background, presumably on the opposite side of the
river. In 1879, the co-publisher, John C. Taylor, purchased a vast collection of
Mathew Brady glass negatives from Colonel Arnold A. Rand and General Albert
Ordway. Taylor (firm of Taylor & Huntington) published lantern slides and stereo
views during the 1880’ and early 1890’s. Around 1890, Taylor & Huntington issued
a catalogue of thousands of images for sale at 75 cents each. As offered here,
the albumen photographs were printed from the original glass negatives and
mounted on stiff imprinted card stock with a decorative red border surrounding
the image. Most of the images had the title printed on the face of the mount,
directly under the image. Very scarce.
verso of postcard
“Indian Chief and Family. Copyright 1909 by W. H. Martin.” Actual
photograph. 5½ x 3½ inches. Divided back. Title and copyright notice within
image. A very fine copy. (Kansas City: Martin Post Card Co.), 1909. $75.
The photographer that produced this card was William H. “Dad”
Martin who did most of his work between the years 1894 and 1910. The printed
card (not the photograph) was produced by “The North American Post Card Co.” in
Kansas City (printed on verso). The photograph shows a close-up of the “Indian
Chief” standing, looking down at his seated wife and their bundled infant. In
the background is a large tent-like structure. The printed design of the verso
of the card dates from July 16, 1909. [Bogdan and Weseloh, Real Photo
Postcard Guide: p.222, “Azo 5”].
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