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November 18, 2012, 12:00 PM EST | Freeville, NY, US    Live Auction

Lot 1163: Victorian PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM Van Lennep Tintypes CDVs Civil War Generals Anna Dickinson (177 views)

Victorian PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM Van Lennep Tintypes CDVs Civil War Generals Anna Dickinson
Estimate: $70 - $200
Details: This mid-Victorian era carte des visites photograph album from the Van Lennep family estate contains both unique portraits of family and friends as well as commercially available pictures of famous people of the Civil War era. Included in that group are politicians (Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Washington), Generals Sherman, Sheridan, McClellan, and Admiral Farragut. Also included is a CDV of the remarkable Anna Dickinson, a famously fiery anti-abolitionist, temperance, and women's rights orator, and the first woman to address the U.S. Congress. There are 29 CDVs altogether. The album also contains three tintypes, including one of a dog; and a real-photo postcard of the Sedgwick School (see information below). This deeply embossed, red leather-bound volume measures 4-1/2" x 6" x 2", and has gilt-edged pages and a brass clasp.

Henry J. Van Lennep (1815-1889) was a noted nineteenth century minister, missionary, writer, illustrator, and educator. Born in Smyrna, Van Lennep was educated in the U.S. but returned to Turkey upon ordination, where he served as missionary for 29 years. During this time, he traveled extensively throughout western Asia and Egypt, aided by his proficiency in many languages. A skillful artist, he wrote and illustrated several books based on his travels. Published during a time when public curiosity about "the Orient" was high, these books were very popular, showing the scenery, people, and customs of Asia Minor, and discussing these elements with Biblical and archaeological references. He also illustrated scientific texts with the noted geologist and President of Amherst College, Edward Hitchcock. After losing his sight in 1869, he returned to the U.S., where he spent the last twenty years of his life teaching natural sciences and languages at Ingham University, a women's college in Le Roy, New York, and later serving as co-principal at the Sedgwick Institute in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, with his son, Edward.

The provenance of this material can be traced directly back to Henry Van Lennep through four generations of his descendants.

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Condition / Notes: It is in very good condition for its age, with merely some wear around the edges. It is structurally sound, and the photographs are in very good condition.

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Lot 1163: Victorian PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM Van Lennep Tintypes CDVs Civil War Generals Anna Dickinson
National Book Auctions
Books and Ephemera - Lennep, Autographs, Nautical, Antiques
November 18, 2012, 12:00 PM EST