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    A once in a lifetime opportunity.

    The Most Important Civil War Photograph Album to Surface in the Last Century. Brown leather binding, 8.75" x 11", with initials "A. S. H." embossed on the front. Although the owner/ compiler of the album is unknown, we feel strongly it was a member of Mathew Brady's staff. The actual page size is 8.25" x 10", with each page bound into the album with white cloth tape as part of the original binding process. The entire binding representing the finest quality workmanship and probably dating to the period immediately after the war. The album contains 348 albumen images, 59 are full page size with the remaining 289 being either cartes de visite or stereo halves or imperial CDV size, including several panoramic views composed of a number of views fitted together. All images are in absolutely pristine condition, as bright and crisp as the day they were printed. Many of the images are mounted back to back. All of the images are identified, and many dated, with neatly printed ink captions. Although we cannot quote precise numbers there is no question that a number of the images are previously unpublished/ unknown. It was normal practice that after Brady's photographers returned from the field, many images were deemed inappropriate or impractical for commercial publication, and outside of the original proof images that were pulled, they were never printed again, or, in some cases, these images were supplied to newspaper artists such as Alfred Waud for use in providing artwork for Harpers Weekly and other publications, but never issued commercially by the studio.

    While it is difficult to transmit the full scope of this remarkable album we have provided a sampling of the quality and character of the images it contains. It begins on page one with the two Lincoln CDVs along with the Lincoln autograph note signed, dated February 7, 1863. This is followed by pages of CDVs of Lincoln's cabinet members with the Chase and Stanton images also signed, followed by 28 pages of the war's leading military figures, both Union and Confederate, including the signed CDV of Custer as well as many other images of the flamboyant general. The remaining 118 pages of the album present a remarkable chronological photographic record of the war, beginning with a view of "Fort Sumter from Fort Moultrie" and concluding with a carte de visite on John Wilkes Booth on the final page. The intervening pages are filled with views of soldiers in camp and on the march, Naval operations, and all the great battles, including their bloody aftermath, with a remarkable group of images documenting both Gettysburg and Antietam, many of which we are certain are unknown/ unpublished.

    It is our most sincere recommendation that any interested parties either make arrangements to view the album either here in Dallas, or at our New York or Beverly Hills office, as a verbal catalog description cannot even begin to transmit the scope and importance of this remarkable photographic document.

    A once in a lifetime opportunity for the most well heeled Civil War photograph collector or institution.




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    December, 2010
    11th Saturday
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