Cowan's is pleased to offer nearly 900 lots from the grand panoply of American History. Highlights of the sale include Civil War photography: an outstanding selection of CDV albums, including gatherings of Connecticut, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and the Brown Water Navy; an incredible Confederate album containing 50 rich cdvs of John Hunt Morgan’s officers – many autographed; a gathering of cdvs of Morgan’s men photographed in Pittsburgh; large albumen photographs of Morgan’s men at Camp Douglas; a fine copy of Gardner’s “Photographic Incidents of the War”; two bound volumes of the Gettysburg battlefield by Tipton; many large format photographs by Barnard, Brady, A.J. Russell and others including “A Sharp-shooter’s Rest” and “The Wounded Zouave”. Civil War manuscript collections: incredible archive related to the Mississippi Marine Brigade; huge letter archive of an Andersonville prisoner; Confederate archives of an Alabama Family with a large selection of manuscripts, photographs and ephemera from various related 4th Alabama “Canebrake Rifles” families. Plus Civil War autographs, art, prints, books, and presentation items.
We are also offering a wonderful assortment of flags and patriotic textiles; political Americana including Lincoln campaign memorabilia; African-Americana; Western American and American Indian photography; a large selection of Mormon-related books, photographs and archives, including letters from Sylvester Mowry describing his affairs with Mormon women, including one of Brigham Young's daughters-in-law; Wild West show photos and posters.
Among the autographs and manuscripts, we are offering the second part of the Quackenbush family archives, including the Revolutionary War archive of Nicholas Quackenbush; scarce books dating from the Revolution; and our usual assortment of early photography, including an unusual image of Chinese women in Philadelphia in the mid-19th century.