Rare Book & Manuscript Library
 

Christopher Coover collection of literary & historical letters manuscripts and documents, 1589-1923

Series III Art, Prints, and Photographs

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Art and Prints:



Box 1 Folder 25 Jenny Lind. Lithographic sheet-music cover with a fine standing portrait of Lind, costumed for an unidentified operatic role. New York: William Hall & Son., New York, undated [1850]., undated

Cover only, browning. 125.


Box 1 Folder 26 Crowquill, Alfred. Hand-colored etching, entitled "A Trump," "Designed by A. Crowquill Esq., Etched by G. Cruikshank," London: S. Knight, 10 April 1825. 1 page, tipped to a protective sheet.

Satirical depiction of King George IV as a playing card (suite: hearts).



Box 10 Folder 5 Colorado gold rush. Stereograph card depicting Cripple Creek mining operations, with explanatory text on verso, c. 1891 (Rare)., c. 1891

Satirical depiction of King George IV as a playing card (suite: hearts).



Box 1 Folder 30 Engraved architectonic title-page incorporating a portrait of Charles V, from Lodovico Dolce, Vita di Carlo Quinto (Venice: Gabriel Giolito de Ferrara, 1567. 1 page, 4to, neatly inlaid (small wormhole at imprint neatly mended).

A superb engraving, used as engraved title to this standard Italian life of Charles V.


Box 1 Folder 31 [Nuremberg Chronicle]. Partial page (top 3 of folio CCXVII from Hartmann Schedel Liber Cronicarum (Nuremberg: Koberger, 1493).

Containing a fine woodcut by Michael Pleydenwurff and Wilhelm Wohlgemut, depicting an incident in which a bridge over the Moselle collapsed during a religious procession, casting some 200 persons into the river.


Box 1 Folder 32 Little Folks Book of Animals. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, c. 1902. 4to, 10pp., original wrappers, color lithographed front cover, 4 plates in color lithography, wood-engravings. Fine condition.


Box 1 Folder 34 Royal Coburg Theatre, London. Playbill, 16 August 1821. 1 page, folio.

Advertising performances ofScenes in London("a new domestic Melo-Drama"),The Swan of Sorrow!("a new ballet comique")Secrets of the Night("an entirely new Burletta"), andNapoleon Bonaparte! General, Consul, and Emperor("a new, grand romantic pantomime spectacle," with Henry Kemble as Bonaparte), etc. Interesting dramatic presentation, described in considerable detail.



Box 4 Folder 16 Nast, Thomas V. Steel engraving after the painting entitled "Entrance of the Fifty First Massachusetts (colored) Regiment into Charleston," 21 February 1865. 5 x 7 in.



Box 6 Folder 13 Payne, Roger (1739-1797). Print depicting the celebrated binder at work in his shop. [London:] "Etch'd & Publish'd by S. Harding," March 1, 1800. Engraving with etching, captioned at bottom in Latin. 11.1/2 by 6.1/4 in., trimmed on three sides.

Rare image of the great binder with a book press, in his studio, commissioned by Thomas Payne.



Box 5 Folder 28 Saint-Non, Richard de (1727-1791). "Peinture antique d'Herculanum," dated 1773. 6.1/2 x 5.1/4 in.

Ink and watercolor drawing in grisaille. Delicate drawing "a la antique," depicting three musicians playing pipes and a harp in a colonnaded interior. Most likely a composition derived from recent new discoveries from the excavations at Herculaneum.



Box 6 Folder 20 Rowlandson, Thomas. Aquatint print, captioned "Gaming House ... where a Parcell of Sharks meet, to bite each one another's Heads off." 10 x 8.1/2 in. Aquatint engraving, hand colored.


Box 6 Folder 3 Print: "The Queen's Matrimonial Ladder," by George Cruikshank, from: Hone, William (1780-1842). The Queen's Matrimonial Ladder, A National Toy, With Fourteen Step Scenes... London: Printed for William Hone, 1820. 12 x 3in., engraving on heavy stock, 14 small scenes, each hand colored.

The "ladder" rarely survives, as it was meant to be removed from the descriptive pamphlet and folded in half to create a "ladder" satirizing Queen Caroline and her alleged adultery.


Box 6 Folder 2 De Bry, Theodore and Jacques Le Moyne. Engraved print captioned "Mulierum, quarum mariti vel in bello caesi, aut morbo sublati postulata a Rege," plate xviii from de Bry's Brevis narratio eorum quae in Florida Americae, Frankfurt: T. de Bry, 1592. Folio, the large engraving colored in a contemporary hand.



Mapcase 15-M2-01 Boston. Pownall, Thomas (1722-1805). A View of the City of Boston, the Capital of New England, in North America Drawn in the Spot by His Excellency Governor Pownell, Boston, Luther Stevens, ca. 1856. Oblong, 7.3/4 by 19.1/2 inches.

Reprint of a celebrated early view of the city, originally published in Bowles's Scenographia Americana, issued by Sayer and Jefferys in 1784. The original is now virtually unobtainable.



Box 6 Folder 28 Map. The United State: Oregon, Texas, and California, 1848



Box 8 Folder 1 Caruso, Enrico. Autographed self-portrait, inscribed "A Madame Clara Borger, souvenir de son devote." Signed "Enrico Caruso, Wien, 1912." Seven by four inches

An unusual profile self-portrait, almost in caricature


Photographs:



Box 1 Folder 25 Jenny Lind. Lithographic sheet-music cover with a fine standing portrait of Lind, costumed for an unidentified operatic role. New York: William Hall & Son., New York, undated [1850]. Cover only, browning. 125., undated



Box 2 Folder 4 Berlin, Irving. Photograph signed ("Irving Berlin"), ca 1935. 8 x 10 in. Fine portrait of the composer seated at a grand piano (which he could not play), in an elegant interior. Boldly signed in black ink in light portion.



Box 6 Folder 25 Hesse, Hermann. Photograph postcard, with his autograph inscription "H.H. 1951"

On reverse of postcard: Photo Martin Hesse



Box 2 Folder 6 [Wilde, Oscar]. Lithographic card with an image of Wilde in the garb worn during " / his American lecture tour, 1881. 6 x 3 1/2 in.,on heavy card, one comer damaged.

Advertisment for Straiton and Storm's New Cigars,"Aesthetic sunflower too Capadura Patience," New York [1881].


Box 2 Folder 9 Seward, William H., Secretary of State. Carte-de-visite portrait, undated [1865 or later]. 4 1/4 x 2.1/4 in., undated

Albumen photograph, on card mount. Seated pose, top hat and walking stick in hand, signed "William H. Seward."



Box 8 Folder 7 Tetrazzini, Luisa. Carte de visite postcard, inscribed and signed (twice) to an admirer in San Francisco. New York,, 1910



Box 2 Folder 14 Ralph Farnham signature with a small oval albumen portrait.

"The above is a photograph of Ralph Farnham, of Acton, Maine, now in his 105th year. He entered the American Army in May 1775. age 18,-was engaged in the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17th, 1775 and is the only survivor of that memorable... " Copyright by Ralph Farnham, 1860. 1 page, 8vo.



Box 4 Folder 10 Warren, G.K., General. Portrait photograph in full uniform. 1p.

Standard carte size but affixed to a larger than customary dark gray mount. A fine, crisp image of this highly regarded officer


Box 4 Folder 12 Reynolds, John F. Autograph clipped signature, with carte-de-visit.

Both mounted on a narrow sheet, verso with inscription "copy of photograph taken at West Point in the summer of 1861" when Reynolds was serving as Commandant of Cadets. Rare image of this highly regarded officer, killed at the first day's battle of Gettysburg.


Box 4 Folder 25 Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882). Sepia-toned albumen portrait photograph, undated [ca. 1870]. 6 x 4 in. neatly mounted., undated

A fine profile image of the poet.



Box 5 Folder 5 Cabinet Card Photograph of Robert E. Lee taken in Richmond, VA, 1863



Box 6 Folder 5 Davis, Jefferson. Carte-de-visite of a satirical photomontage and drawing of Davis, showing him in women's dress, as he was reputedly dressed when attempting to evade capture in April 1865. Copyright in Washington D.C., 1865 by C.H. Anderson. Albumen on heavy card., 1865


Box 6 Folder 6 Garfield, James A. Portrait photograph, by Brand of Chicago.

Captioned, "Taken at Chicago, June 8,1880 on the day he received the nomination for President." Cabinet size, albumen on heavy card, Brand's logo on verso. A famous profile image of the soon-to-be President, widely used in the 1880 campaign.


Box 6 Folder 8 Langtry, Lily. Portrait photograph, by Napoleon Sarony of Union Square, New York, copyright 1882.

Cabinet size, albumen mounted on heavy card, text printed in gold ink, edges gilt. The "Jersey Lily" on s wistful, standing pose in an elaborate interior.


Box 6 Folder 10 Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. A portrait of the poet in his library, at his Cambridge, Mass. home, by photographer Warren of Boston, probably taken ca. 1880.

Cabinet size, albumen mounted on heavy card, Warren's backstamp.


Box 6 Folder 4 Curtis, Edward S. Collotype print from a photograph, captioned "In the Land of the Apsaroke," "from copyright Photograph 1908." Image: 8 by 4in., Sheet: 10 by 5 in.

Fine, early, sepia-toned image probably used for promotional efforts.



Box 7 Folder 14 General Lew Wallace Photogravure



Box 8 Folder 10 [Civil War] Photographic portrait of Waldo Lewis Fay in full regalia, standing next to his cavalry horse. (5 7/8 inches x 8 7/8 inches)

On verso, "My Father—at the age 18 yrs. taken at the close of the Civil War. Waldo Lewis Fay." An additional inscription in a different hand, "Waldo Lewis Fay was not quite 17 years old when he enlisted as a private of Capt. P. Winslow's Co., 6th Division of Mass. Vol. April 28, 1864 for 90 days, serving his time he was discharged Aug 2, 1864 at Meadville, Mass. He then relisted [sic] as a private Co. E. 2nd Reg. of Mass Calvalry [sic] on Sep 3, 1864 to serve one year for the duration of the war. He was discharged June 17, 1865, at Clouds Mills, Va. by reason of General order No 8 War dept.

"He was with Gen. Sheridan in the Battle of Cedar Crest, Shenandoah Valley where he was wounded by a sabre cut."


Box 8 Folder 12 Grant, Ulysses S. Photographic portrait of a family group, captioned in a contemporary hand, "Lieut-Genl U S. Grant, and family at Mt. McGregor, N. Y., June 19, 1885", June 19, 1885

A famous image, taken not long before his death


Box 8 Folder 12 Grant, Ulysses S. Photographic portrait of a public funeral procession, captioned "Funeral procession of Gen'l U S Grant, starting from City Hall, August 8, 1995" ", August 8, 1995