Printed & Manuscript African Americana
At Auction March 30, 2017
Carte-de-visite album of 44 photographs, including a previously unrecorded photo of Harriet Tubman, circa 1860s.
Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.
The highlight of this powerful auction is a previously unrecorded photograph of Harriet Tubman. The image is from a carte-de-visite album compiled in the 1860s, with 44 photographic portraits, which also boasts images of John Willis Menard, the first African-American elected to Congress.
Also in the sale is a collection of more than 500 documents relating to the formation of the Montgomery Improvement Association in the immediate aftermath of Rosa Parks’s momentous defiance, including checks signed by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Right: Bannaker's Almanac, 1795.
Estimate $30,000 to $40,000.
Above & Below: Archive of documents from the Montgomery Improvement Association,
including its Constitution and By-laws, 1955-1963. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.
Further highlights include a scarce copper slave badge made by John Joseph Lafar, and a previously unrecorded speech by Frederick Douglass titled A Defense of the Negro Race, 1895. Letters to Rebecca Primus, whose correspondence made up half of the book Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends, 1999, will also be featured. A copy of the proceedings of the 1909 National Negro Conference, which includes Ida B. Wells’s Lynching, Our National Crime, makes its auction debut while two Masonic velvet and silk vests, elaborately embroidered in gold and silver thread and attributed to David Bustill Bowser, round out the sale.
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