05-31-2014 05-31-2014
Skinner Auctions
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2730B Boston
May 31, 2014 11:00 AMCalender

Carte-de-visite Album Compiled by John Badger Bachelder (1825-1894)

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2730B Location: Boston Date / Time: May 31, 2014 11:00AM


Carte-de-visite Album Compiled by John Badger Bachelder (1825-1894)
Leather-bound album with brass edges and clasps, with Bachelder's initials engraved on a brass shield attached to the front board, containing twenty-one leaves, most formatted to hold four smaller cards per page, a few designed to hold one larger picture; displaying 128 2 1/2 x 4 in. portraits taken from life, paintings or busts; and nine larger cards, mostly of unidentified women; notable subjects from the smaller-format group, taken from life, include the following people: Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, and wife; Fanny Fern; Victor Hugo; actress Clara Morris; two of Queen Victoria; Prince Albert; Gladstone; U.S. Grant; Hayes; James Garfield; Chester Arthur; Grover Cleveland; Benjamin Harrison; Gustave Eiffel; Charles Darwin; Alfred Lord Tennyson; British poet Jean Ingelow; Anthony Trollope; Cetshwayo kaMpande, King of the Zulus; William Cullen Bryant; Samuel Morse; Longfellow; George Curtis; Charles Dickens; two of Emerson; P.T. Barnum; William Lloyd Garrison; Hawthorne; Thomas Nash; Edgar Allan Poe (after his portrait); Jefferson Davis; Whittier; a young Thomas Edison; James Russell Lowell; Franz Liszt; Richard Wagner; Harriet Beecher Stowe; and many others; one of the larger portraits shows a young girl who may be African American or Native American, she looks to be approximately six or eight years old, with a dark complexion, searching eyes, her mouth set, gold hoop earrings in both ears, her hair is long and curly, pulled back, with unruly bangs, and she wears a double-breasted velvet coat, with a big silk bow and a conspicuous gold watch chain, the card does not have the mark of a studio, the only clue is a pencil inscription on the verso: Key West; cards are generally in good shape, the binding is failing slightly, a.e.g., 12 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. overall.
Estimate $8,000-10,000

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John Badger Bachelder, Dom, Harriet Beecher Stowe, James Garfield, Jean Ingelow, poet, Samuel Morse, Victor Hugo, William Cullen Bryant, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Anthony Trollope, Benjamin Harrison, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Chester Arthur, Clara Morris, Brazil, Albert, Fanny Fern, George Curtis, Grover Cleveland, actress, Emperor, Gustave Eiffel, Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Liszt, William Lloyd Garrison, Thomas Edison, Thomas Nash, Richard Wagner, Jefferson Davis, James Russell Lowell