Lot 391
19th Century Photograph Album Features Harvard's First Chinese Professor
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Circa 1880s, 48 pages, quarto (11.5 x 8.5 in.), deeply embossed leather boards secured with a brass hasp, the images within being portraits of the era's artistic, scientific, academic, religious, and political luminaries. Included are over 100 carte de visite portraits, several cabinet cards, and roughly two dozen images clipped from period books, magazines, or larger photographs. Highlighting the collection are two rare cabinet cards, one of which shows of Harvard's first Professor of Chinese, Ko Kun-Ha, and the other displaying his five children. Among the sitters portrayed on cdvs are "The Emperor of Japan" (Disdiri, Paris); Thomas Carlyle (W. Jeffery, London); Nathaniel Hawthorne (Warren, Boston); Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Warren, Cambridge); William Lloyd Garrison (Warren, Boston); Charles Sumner (Warren, Boston); Bret Harte; Robert Browning (Elliot & Fry, London); Charles Darwin (Elliot & Fry, London); Louis Pasteur (Navarz, Paris); Louisa M. Alcott (Howell, New York); Julia Ward Howe (Warren, Boston); Thomas Nast (Sarony, New York); Mark Twain (Warren, Boston); Ralph Waldo Emerson (Black & Case, Boston); Oliver Wendell Holmes (Black & Case, Boston). Also included is a loose cabinet card of the young Kaiser Wilhelm II and a mounted photograph of Ellen Channing Bonaparte, wife of Charles Bonaparte, U. S. Attorney General under Theodore Roosevelt, 1906-1909.

Collection of Ruth Edgerton, Chapel Hill, NC

Overall age toning; the album's spine and front board are detached as one piece; the images are generally in very good condition.

$600 - 1,200