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"His complexion is dark and sallow...he has thick black eyebrows...his nose is large... as coarse a face as you would meet anywhere...but redeemed, illuminated, softened, and brightened by a kindly though serious look...and an expression of homely sagacity." Nathaniel Hawthorne.


ln030.jpg (151227 bytes)CDV – LINCOLN - Brady’s  Studio, Washington Jan. 8,1864.   
Carte de visite; 3 7/8.x 2 3/8”.  Abraham Lincoln. (M-76, O-86) ;Taken by  Brady’s  Studio, Washington Jan. 8,1864.  Published by E.&H.T. Anthony from photograph by M.B. Brady Gallery  Friday January 8th, 1864.  Manuscript name on bottom of mount, top corners clipped, minor foxing in background , exhibits good tonality and contrast, overall VG- Fine cond.  (Ln30) $925.


ln021pr.jpg (315055 bytes)CDV - ABRAHAM LINCOLN CDV. – FEB 24th, 1861 ANTHONY/BRADY
Carte de visite, 4 1/8 x 2 3/8.. Abraham Lincoln. (M-69 O-52) Photograph at M.B. Brady Gallery, Washington, D.C. by Alexander Gardner, February 24th, 1861.  Anthony / Brady backmark.   Exhibits two horizontal creases  at edge of image top and bottom. Image Fine. (Ln. 21). $850..


ln020.jpg (208964 bytes)CDV - ABRAHAM LINCOLN  – COLLAGE OF CDVS – MOURNING 
Cdv; 4’x 2 3/8 . Composite of several different cdv ,with mourning tableau in cente . No photographer's backmark.  Some light minor signs of use, mount trimmed on bottom, overallVG- Fine. (ln020); $150. 


ln010.jpg (178990 bytes)CDV - ABRAHAM LINCOLN - PATRIOTIC MOTIF. 
(O-92 ); Photograph from engraving, Lincoln in oval wreath, with Union Liberty and Peace 1865 below. I think this to be a presidential election campaign related item, as opposed to a post mortem memorial cdv. No photographer's backmark. Top corners clipped,  overall Fine. (Ln.10); $150

ln011.jpg (198752 bytes)LINCOLN AND TAD ADVERTISING CDV.
 (O-93Oval portrait of the president and son, surrounded by an embossed patriotic motif. Advertising card for Harrison's Columbian Perfumery, Phila, Pa.  Corners clipped, some light age toning of mount, overall Fine cond.(Cw.786); $225. 



ln018combo.jpg (618341 bytes)CDV- LOT OF TWO -STEPHEN A DOUGLAS AND WIFE
CDvs. Lot of two(2); 4” x 2 3/8” Stephen A. Douglas. Both with  E&H.T. Anthony from Brady negative backmark. Stephen Douglas has some light wear and a tad soft, Mrs Douglas has mount trimmed slightly at top, images Fine.  (Ln18); $185. pr(

Stephen Arnold Douglas (April 23, 1813 – June 3, 1861) was an American politician from Illinois and the designer of the Kansas–Nebraska Act. He was a U.S. representative, a U.S. senator, and the Democratic Party nominee for president in the 1860 election, losing to Republican Abraham Lincoln. Douglas had previously defeated Lincoln in a Senate contest, noted for the famous Lincoln–Douglas debates of 1858. He was nicknamed the "Little Giant" because he was short in physical stature, but a forceful and dominant figure in politics. (His height is given in various sources as being in the range of 5 feet (1.5 m) to 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m); five feet four is reported most often.
On November 20, 1856, Douglas married a second time, to 20-year-old Adele Cutts, a southern woman from the capital. She was the daughter of James Madison Cutts of Washington, D.C., nephew of President James Madison, and Ellen O'Neal, niece of Rose O'Neal Greenhow. Her great-aunt was the former U.S. First Lady Dolly Madison.

ln012pr.jpg (370223 bytes)CDV - HANNIBAL HAMLIN - VP.   
Carte de visite (4" x 2 3/8").  Standing view of Lincoln's first vice President. Published by E. Anthony form Brady's Portrait Gallery. Strong tones and clarity, early cdv, Fine condition. (Ln.12) $225.

ln411combo.jpg (607557 bytes)SETH KINMAN AND CHAIR
Lot of (2) carte de visites. Seth Kinman, a California Hunter and trapper, presented Lincoln with an elk-horn chair on Nov 26, 1864. The cdv of Kinman has the imprinted copyright on the bottom of the mount.  Condition of the image is good, some foxing on the mount. The verso shows having had tape, and having ben being removed, scarring the Brady log.  The cdv of the chair is a pirate copy , good condition w/ loss of detail (as is typical of period copy work). Norton & Ford,photographers backmark. (Ln411). $395.00 pr 

ln014.jpg (41643 bytes)GEORGE PRENTICE. CDV.  
George Prentice was born in Connecticut on December 18, 1802, and graduated from Brown University in 1823. He came to Kentucky in 1830 to write a campaign biography entitled The Biography of Henry Clay and remained in this state until his death on January 22, 1870, in Louisville . Prentice became the editor of the Louisville Journal, the newspaper of the Whig Party. The main focus of this paper was the promotion of Henry Clay’s agenda and his multiple presidential campaigns. Prentice brought the Journal from upstart newspaper to the most widely read newspaper in the western United States because of his wit and command of the English language. Upon the failure of the Whig Party, Prentice supported the “Know-Nothing Party” and was seen as the catalyst of the Bloody Monday election-day riots in Louisville on August 6, 1855. Prentice supported John Bell and his Unionist platform in the 1860 election, calling for the Southern states to stay in the Union . Upon the onset of hostilities and Abraham Lincoln’s call for troops, Prentice urged that Kentucky remain a neutral state because of his fear that Kentucky would join the Confederacy. Prentice’s two sons fought in the Confederate army. Prentice became part of Lincoln ’s core group of Kentucky advisors for Kentucky affairs during the war.(Ln.14); $100

L059.jpg (127002 bytes)1860 LINCOLN CAMPAIGN LETTERSHEET. 
7 ¼” 5 ¾” 3pp., pencil manuscript Aug. 4, 1860, Plattsburgh NY. Engraving of Beardless Lincoln in oval vignette. Regards, travel in upstate NY, mentions meeting “Barron (sic) Rothschilds,  the great millionaire from Europe”. Other matters concerns hunting and fishing, soldiering near Plattsburgh, etc. (L.59); $325.

Bill of lading, 10” x 8” , Sept 2, 1856. The Springfield depot was constructed by The Great Western Railroad in 1852. It was damaged by fire in 1857, which required extensive remodeling. The Great Western Railroad merged with several other small railroads to form the Toledo, Wabash, and Western Railroad, which later became the Wabash Railroad. The company moved its Springfield passenger operations to a building located at Tenth and Washington Streets and operated the old building as a freight house. The depot, located just two blocks from the Lincoln Home, was the location from which Lincoln gave his Farewell Address to his fellow Springfield citizens. In  the  morning in 1861, citizens of Springfield assembled at the station to see Lincoln off. The office was used as a reception room, and his friends and neighbors filed past, taking his hand. As the train pulled in, he mounted the rear platform. Overall Fine cond (tr.313);225.


In 1864 the peace-at-any-price element wrote the Democratic platform calling for an immediate end to the war. They nominated General McClellan for their presidential candidate, but he came out openly for winning the war. President Lincoln was re-nominated by the Republicans under the label of Union party, with Democrat Andrew Johnson as his running mate


Lincoln Campaign Booklet, Character and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln by William M. Thayer, 75 pp.+ 4 pp ads, 7 x 4 1/2, Ilustrated paper wraps (Boston: Dinsmoor and Company, 1864). Engraved portrait of Lincoln as frontis as well as an engraving of his log cabin birth place  The author describes Lincoln's efforts on behalf of the Union and includes a transcript of the Gettysburg Address. Left side of front wrap has dampstaining, along with replaced spine.  else this is a clean, tightly bound copy.(Ln.79.); $525.




ln079a.jpg (416085 bytes)View of back cover  

ln084b.jpg (1254376 bytes)LINCOLN ELECTION- 1864 LETTER.  
Washington, Aug 28th, 1864. Three and a half page pen manuscript letter, 8” x 10”. Written from H.K. Cooper to “Friend Mattson” (A.J. Mattson was the enrolling officer and special agent for the provost marshal office in Prophetstown, and instrumental in getting a railroad line to Prophetstown). Interesting comments on the upcoming 1864 election, with a rather prophetic thought that Grant or Sherman would need a victory to help insure the positive outcome for Lincoln. Overall vg condition, easily readable, small amount of residue on back page (had been pasted in a ledger), not affecting text.  (Ln.84); $395.

In part:

Aug 28th , 1864

Friend Mattson,

It is a long time since your last was rec’d & until now it has remained unanswered. The knowledge the Sterling and Rock Island RR is to be built is not likely to benefit me much for as near as I can learn matters are in such a shape that the old Co(?) has nothing to do with the road. (Goes on to talk of other business matters).

Since Receiving your letter have seen several of the 8th Ill Cavly. I enquired after Albert Humes(?) he has since called on me, but before I became aware of it the Regt had left so I have only seen him but once. I intended to have gone to their camp by put if off on account of (?) weather until too late. I have however seen Col. Clendinin since -(?) the regt all right the Col Had been sick and was looking bad. (Goes on to mention a few acquaintances ).

How are matters Politically in Ills ere this reaches you we shall know what the R(?)party has done in Chicago & can form something of an opinion of the chances of electing Lincoln for another term. How will Ills go? I fear we have a got a hard jobon hand between our enemies & they of our own household the results look doubtfull. I think however in my consider it a race between Lincoln and Jeff Davis. The Chicago nominee can be more nor less than an accomplice of his, and we must “fight it out on that line” A good substantial victory by Grant or Sherman will naturally aid us. I hope we may have it should like to have your views of the above & also of any other things of interest in the Country or State. You remember W.W Curtis of Trilton is here in the City has a position in the land office ; by the way I should think Washburn could get you a good position under the Govt if you want one, it makes a rogue out of an honest man so quick however that it is hardly safe to take an office. Give my best wishes to Mrs Mattson,

Yours &c H.K. Cooper


ln301.jpg (460108 bytes)LINCOLN 1864 ELECTION BALLOT
Electors ticket (ballot) for Darke County (manuscript pencil over imprinted Wayne County)  promoting Abraham Lincoln for president and Andrew Johnson for vice president, 1864. 7" x 3” .Features a woodcut of the goddess Liberty with a nimbus of stars, holding a sword with word “UNION” on the blade.  (Ln301); $115.

ln302.jpg (614271 bytes)GEO. McCLELLAN 1864  ELECTION BALLOT
Democratic Ticket George B McClellan for President Original ballot ticket from the 1864 election for President. George B. McClellan led the Democratic ticket vs Abraham Lincoln. George H. Pendleton was McClellan's Vice Presidential candidate. 9 3/8”  3”. This electoral ticket was from Darke County, Ohio and features a graphic of McClellan at the top. These McClellan tickets are even harder to find than the Abraham Lincoln tickets. Crease t/r corner, small piecr missing b/r corner, o/w Fine con. (Ln302);$150.  

ln085.jpg (1356830 bytes)1864 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
George H. Pendleton. The Copperhead Candidate for Vice President. 9” x 6”, original wraps. 8pp. Union Congressional Committee, Washington , D.C. 1864. foldout anti Pendleton (Geo. McClellan’s running mate) biography. Some minor edge wear and soiling.
(CW.851); $145.

ln413.jpg (143056 bytes)GEORGE McCLELLAN .  
CDV 4 1/4" x 2 3/8". View of Little Mac holding a pair of binoculars. Though original from the negative, this is no photographer's imprint. Exhibits strong tonality, contrast and clarity. (ln413); $165.


On April 9, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army to Gen. U.S. Grant, two days later the Stars and Stripes  were raised over Fort Sumter, where the war had begun.  To celebrate the end of the war, Lincoln took Mary and two guests to Ford's Theatre on the night of April 14. During the third act of the play, 'Our American Cousin', John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in the head. Booth escaped, and  was shot and killed on April 26 in a Virginia tobacco barn when soldiers and detectives surrounded and set fire to it. Lincoln died without On April 15, 1865, 28 years to the day since he had left New Salem, Lincoln died.  A funeral train carried the president's body back home to Springfield, Ill., where he lies buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery. 


ln055.jpg (157677 bytes)JOHN WILKES BOOTH.
Cdv, 4" x 2 3/8".  Seated view of Lincoln's assassin.  No Boston backmark.  Exhibits light soiling and  wear, overall VG-fine cond. (Ln.55); $145. 

ln006combo.jpg (829404 bytes)LINCOLN'S BOX AT FORD'S THEATRE. Stereo view, 3 1/4" x 7" "War Views. The Private Box at Ford's Theatre, the place where President Lincoln was assassinated" printed information on paste on lable on back. Negative by Brady & Co., published by E. & H.T. Anthony. Though a scarce view, exhibits heavy wear and soiling, non period pen id on bottom of mount. Sold as is. (Ln06); $375..  

ln045.jpg (231499 bytes)FORD'S THEATRE. Stereo view, 3 1/2" x 7"  "Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln was assassinated Washington D.C " imprinted in negative. American Views publisher.  A bit of dampstaining along mount edge, some age toning, o/w VG- Fine cond.  (Ln.45); $100.

ln403pr.jpg (283994 bytes)CDV – LAURA KEENE – ACTRESS AT FORD’s THEATRE
Cdv,  4 ¼” x 2 ½. Howell, NY photographer’s imprint. Two pimnholes in bottom of moiunt, top mont corners exhibit wear, , small area on back has surface damge ( not affecting image or integrity of mount); o/w  VG- Fine cond. (Ln 403); $195.  

Laura Keene (20 July 1826 – 4 November 1873) was a British stage actress and theatre manager. In her twenty-year career, she became known as the first powerful female manager in New York. She is most famous for being the lead actress in the play Our American Cousin, which was attended by President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., on the evening of his assassination.


ln040pr.jpg (642803 bytes)LINCOLN MEMORIAL. DISSECTED LEAVES. Stereo view. 3 ¼” x 6 ¾” Yellow mount. E. & H. T. Anthony & Co. #4806. View of memorial to Lincoln : his portrait on a black cross, skeletal leaves, etc . Light soiling, else G+. (Ln.40); $55

ln044combo.jpg (817220 bytes)LINCOLN FUNERAL, NEW YORK CITY. Stereo view. 3 ¼” x 7” Yellow mount. E. & H. T. Anthony & Co. #2957. View of Lincoln's funeral looking up Broadway, April 25th, 1865. Copyright notice on bottom of mount.: Ownership stamp on verso . Light wear to corners, light soiling, else G+. (Cw. 819); $300.

ln134.jpg (421573 bytes)FUNERAL MARCH. Sheet music, "Funeral March to the Memory of Abraham Lincoln". Mrs E.A. Parkhurst. 1865. 13 3/4" x 10 3/4", 5 pp. complete. Some light discoloration, foxing and a small amount of dampstaining along top right edge, o/w VG. (ln.134); $145.

ln109.jpg (176323 bytes)A NATION MOURNS HER MARTYR'D SON - Sheet music,   1865. 13 3/4" x 10 3/4", 5 pp. complete. From bound volume, show minor binding marks along spine. Store blindstamp t/r, exhibits light use and wear, overall VG-Fine. (Ln.109); $145.

ln112.jpg (331866 bytes)FUNERAL REQUIEM. Sheet music, "Lincoln Requiem". Words by Irene Boyton, music by J.A. Butterfield. 1865. 13 " x 10 1/2", 5 pp. complete.From bound volume with stitching remnants along spine. Exhibits some soiling and wear, overall VG-fine cond.  (Ln.112); $135.

ln104.jpg (463150 bytes)FAREWELL FATHER, FRIEND AND GUARDIAN. Mourning Sheet Music, 13" x 10 1/2".  From bound volume with stitching remnants along spine, light discoloration and wear, 1 1/4" tear bottom left center edge, o/w Gd. (ln104); $140.

ln116.jpg (331882 bytes)ENJOLRAS THE SONG OF THE PATRIOT Mourning Sheet Music, 13" x 10 1/2".  Spine split, light discoloration and wear, 1  o/w Gd. (Ln.116); $130.

ln115.jpg (222916 bytes)OH' SPEAK TO ME ONCE MORE Mourning Sheet Music, 13" x 10 1/2".  Light discoloration and wear, o/w VG. (ln.115); $130.

ln126.jpg (402243 bytes)REST NOBLE CHIEFTAIN Mourning Sheet Music, 13" x 10 1/2".  Light discoloration and wear, o/w VG. (Ln.126); SOLD

ln136.jpg (429457 bytes)OUR FLAG IS HALF- MAST HIGH Mourning Sheet Music, 13" x 10 1/2".  Light discoloration and wear, o/w VG. San Francisco imprint. (Ln.136); $135.

ln133.jpg (448664 bytes)LINCOLN'S GRAVE Mourning Sheet Music, 13" x 10 1/2".  Light discoloration and wear, o/w VG. 1865 5pp. complete. (Ln.133); $145.

ln140.jpg (563356 bytes)SHEET MUSIC- 1865 - ORIG. - ABE LINCOLN - MOURNING – FUNERAL MARCH  To The Memory of Abraham Lincoln . Lithograph mourning sheet music, 13 1/4" x 10".  5pp complete. From bound volume wih accompanying bindery marks along spine, exhibits some use and wear, overall VG. (Ln140); SOLD

ln141.jpg (435666 bytes)SHEET MUSIC- 1865 - ORIG.  ABE LINCOLN MOURNING – THE NATION IN TEARS . Lithograph mourning sheet music, 11 1/4" x 9”.  3pp complete.  Of note is the back cover showing the Lincoln's funeral procession with catafalque on Broadway in NYC. A somewhat pulpish paper, almost the quality of newspaper stock;  exhibits wear and use, chipping along edges, some small edge tears,  etc; as is.  ( ln141)'SOLD





ln141back.jpg (565264 bytes)Back cover

ln142.jpg (553843 bytes)SHEET MUSIC- 1865 - ORIG.  ABE LINCOLN  MOURNING – PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S FUNERAL MARCH  . Lithograph mourning sheet music, 13 1/4" x 10".  5pp  complete. Spine has been re-enforced by linen tape,  exhibits some use and wear, 2” tear back cover,  overall VG. ( ln142); SOLD

ln176.jpg (929560 bytes)ALS - JOHN DAWSON - LONG NINE .Partial ALS,  the top half of this letter is missing.  5 3/8 x 7 7/8. n.d., Split at one fold, o/w good.  John Dawson was born in Fairfax County, Va. He moved to Bracken County, Kentucky in 1805 and was a Kentucky Volunteer during the War of 1812. At the 1813 Battle of River Raisin (a disastrous U.S. defeat by combined British and Indian forces) he was wounded by a musket ball that lodge in his lungs and captured by Indians. He was held as a prisoner in Canada by the Indians until friends paid a ransom for him and he was released. Returning to Kentucky he married Cary Jones in 1817. In 1827 they moved to Sangamon County, IL, and raised a large family. In 1832, during the Black Hawk War, he was Captain of a Company of mounted volunteers from Sangamon County in a "Spy Battalion" under Major James D. Henry, and Brig. Genl. Samuel Whiteside. A Whig, he served in the Illinois General Assembly (representing Sangamon County) five times between 1831 and 1846. 

He served with Abraham Lincoln representing Sangamon County when Lincoln was first elected to the State Legislature in 1834. Along with Lincoln, Dawson was one of the "Long Nine" from Sangamon County (i.e, these nine members of the House and Senate were at least six feet tall and shared similar political principles in the Legislature) who secured the removal of the State capital to Springfield from Vandalia at the session of 1836-37. Dawson was also a member of the convention that framed the State constitution of 1848. The musket ball in lungs from the Battle of River Raisin was never extracted and was the cause of his death on November 12, 1850. Dawson, IL, is named in his honor.

 I am inclined to believe that the John in this letter was Major John Todd Stuart, Lincoln's commander during the Black Hawk War and later law associate (and cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln), because Lincoln, Dawson, and Stuart served together in the Illinois Assembly. Stuart was a U.S. Congressman from 1839-43 (beating out Douglas for the spot), and a Illinois State Senator from 1848-52. Thus, it is possible that this letter was written between 1848-50, when Dawson was a State Senator, and Douglas was a new U.S. Senator. 
In this letter to an unknown recipient named "John" [quite possibly John Todd Stuart, Lincoln's law partner and Mary Todd Lincoln's cousin], Dawson mentions Stephen A. Douglas and efforts on behalf of a Rev. War Veteran. He writes, in part:

     "... now John, you I know to be industrious and untiring, I want you to repeal the Penitentiary clause, or allow pay to agents, or repeal the laws creating these Agencys, and not expect services to be rendered the U.S. for nothing. I wish you to withdraw from the Com[missoner] of Pension a petition signed by the members of the last Legislature and Govr. and Lieut. Govr. asking Congress to grant to John Edmunson a pension by law and present the same, and tell Douglas to do his best for him as he is one of his constituents. The petition I sent to strengthen his claim in the usual way but it failed. If you can withdraw the declaration accompanying it, it would give strength, as the same was done before our Court, and the opinion of the Court annexed as to the propriety of giving him a pension. Do you and Douglas what you can for the old man. He merits it. His services has been as certain rendered to [the] U.S. in the Revolution as that [of] George Washington Comd'er. He is poor and dependant on charity for to live. Accomplish this if you can, you and Douglas. It's a meritorious case. Let me hear from you as often as you can and oblige your old friend, John Dawson." 

 A good writing example with some content by one of Lincoln's associates and one of the "Long Nine." (Ln.176); $150. 



cdv290.jpg (82348 bytes)GENERAL DAVID HUNTER .
Cdv. 4 1/2 x 2 3/4" . David Hunter rode on his inaugural train and became one of his most controversial generals. Hunter served in the honor guard at the funeral of Abraham Lincoln and accompanied his body back to Springfield. He was the president of the military commission trying the conspirators of Lincoln's assassination, from May 8 to July 15, 1865. Anthony/ Brady backmark.  Fine cond. (Cdv290); $245. 

Engraved card, 3 ½ x 6 ½,perhaps an advertisement or promotional item for the Western Bank Note Company, containing the text of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, c. 1900.  “Western  Bank Note & Eng. Company, Chicago – Western Division of American Bank Note Company” printed on bottom below border. . Portrait of Lincoln beneath quotation from Second Inaugural Address. Western Bank Co.was noted for bank notes, stock certificates, bonds for governments and corporations, checks,stamps, Etc.. Back is blank. Old stock, mint and unused.    (Ln057) $45.

Engraved card, 6 ¼ x 3 ¼, perhaps an advertisement or promotional item for the Western Bank Note Company, containing the text of the famed Mrs Bixby letter, ca. 1900.  “Western  Bank Note & Eng. Company, Chicago – Western Division of American Bank Note Company” printed on bottom below border. . Portrait of Lincoln above letter. Western Bank Co.was noted for bank notes, stock certificates, bonds for governments and corporations, checks,stamps, Etc.. Back is blank. Old stock, mint and unused.  Much scarcer than the Western Bank Note printing of Lincoln Gettysburg. 

 The Bixby letter is a brief, consoling message believed to have been written by President Abraham Lincoln in November 1864 to Lydia Parker Bixby, a widow living in Boston, Massachusetts, who was thought to have lost five sons in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Along with the Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural address, the letter has been praised as one of Lincoln's finest written works and is often reproduced in memorials, media, and print. Controversy surrounds the recipient, the fate of her sons, and the authorship of the letter. Bixby's character has been questioned (including rumored Confederate sympathies), at least two of her sons survived the war, and the letter was possibly written by Lincoln's assistant private secretary, John Hay.  (Ln058) $85.


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