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Fine Photographs & Photobooks

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Swann's first auction, The Vernacular Eye, held in April of this year, saw top prices for albums of cyanotypes, photographs of the Wright brothers and their early flight experiments and window displays for a men’s clothing store in Buffalo, New York.

The upcoming sale offers more nighttime photographs of the windows at Buffalo’s Kleinhans Department Store, 220 in all, from the 1930s.

Nineteenth-century albums include an album of mug shots, titled Criminal Photographs No. 19. Thomas Cunningham, Sheriff, Stockton, Cal., which contains more than 600 criminals in the Folsom, San Quentin, Whittier and Nevada State Penitentiaries, 1880s-90s ($10,000 to $15,000); Album d'Études Poses by Jean-Baptiste Igout, with 39 composite studies of men, women and children in various poses, albumen prints, circa 1870s ($7,000 to $10,000); and, from the Photobooks portion of the sale, the scarce 1868 medical title, Clinique Photographique de l'Hôpital Saint-Louis, 49 mounted photographs depicting patients afflicted with syphilis, eczema and other skin diseases ($6,000 to $9,000).

The auction will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 11 and continues after a lunch break at 2:30 p.m.

The photographs and books will be on public exhibition at Swann Galleries on Saturday, December 6, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, December 8 through Wednesday, December 10, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and by appointment.

For further information visit Swann Galleries

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