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AA7. Charles D. Fredricks & Co., NYC. Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867). American poet and author. Lived at Idlewild on the Hudson. CDV. VG. $75

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Elliott & Fry, London. Matthew Arnold (1822-1888). Noted English poet and critic. CDV. Two corners chipped. VG. $55

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Herbert Watkins, London. Wilkie Collins (1824-1889). Author of “The Woman in White,” “The Moonstone,” etc. Collins is viewed as playing an important role in the evolution of the mystery genre. CDV. VG. $150

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Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E&HT Anthony. Charles Dickens. CDV. VG. $200

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Chalot, Paris. Alexander Dumas (1802-1870). Noted French dramatic author and novelist. Few spots. CDV. VG. $95

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Gundall & Co., London. Tennyson (1809-1892). Celebrated English poet. CDV. VG. $60

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Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E. Anthony. William Hickley Prescott (1796-1859). Noted American historian. CDV. VG. $50

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Pierre Petit, Paris. Alphonse Carr (1808-1890). French philosopher, journalist, and writer. He wrote “The more things change, the more things stay the same.” CDV. VG. $50

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Pierre Petit, Paris. Edmond About (1828-1885). French novelist, journalist, and writer. CDV. VG. $35

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No ID. John Johnstone “Lester” Wallack (1820-1888). Actor, playwright, theatrical manager. CDV. G. $45


AA52.
Elliott & Fry, London. Mark Lemon (1809-1870). Editor of Punch, the great English humor magazine. CDV. VG. $65


AA53.
Brady, published by E&HT Anthony. Horace Greeley (1811-1872). Journalist, established the NY Tribune in 1841, served as its editor for 30 years. Active abolitionist and feminist. CDV. VG. $135


AA54.
No ID. Anthony Trollope (1815-1882). Noted English novelist. Cabinet Card. VG. $50

  
AA57.
Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. Thule Anderson. Cabinet Card. I believe he was an author but I’m still seeking information on him. VG. $75


AA58.
The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company. The Late Mr. John Stuart Mill (1806-1873). Great English Philosopher. CDV. VG. $65


AA59.
Elliott and Fry, London. Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). Great English poet. CDV. VG. $75


AA70. Charles Watkins, London. William Makepeace Thackery (1811-1863). English novelist. Wrote Vanity Fair, a satire of middle class English society. CDV. VG. $50


AA71.
Rockwood, NY. Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Great English novelist. CDV. G+. $95


AA83.
Warren, Boston. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882), American poet and educator whose works include “Paul Revere’s Ride”, The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets. CDV. VG. $75


AA87.
Black, Boston. Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909). American author and Unitarian clergyman. Author of “The Man Without a Country.” CDV. VG. $150


AA109.
Sarony, NY. Cabinet Card of Josh Billings, the pen name of Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885). VG. $125


AA110.
E&HT Anthony. Mrs. H.B. Stowe. CDV. VG. $175


AA112.
E&HT Anthony. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 –-March 24, 1882), American poet and educator whose works include “Paul Revere’s Ride”, The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets. CDV. VG. $65


AA118.
E&HT Anthony. John Stuart Mill (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873), British philosopher, economist and civil servant. An influential contributor to social theory, political theory, and political economy, his conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control.  Mill was also a Member of Parliament and an important figure in liberal political philosophy. CDV. VG. $65


AA119.
Brady’s National Photographic Portrait Galleries, NY & Washington DC. Bayard Taylor (January 11, 1825 – December 19, 1878), American poet, literary critic, translator, and travel author. CDV. VG. $85


AA121.
D. Appleton & Co., NY. Charles Dickens (1812-1870). CDV. VG. $150


AA122.
E&HT Anthony. Victor Hugo (1802-1885). French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, statesman, etc. CDV. VG. $125


AA123.
J. Gurney & Son, NY. William Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863), English novelist of the 19th century. He was famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society. CDV. VG. $60


AA125.
D. Appleton & Co., NY. Henry Theodore Tuckerman (April 20, 1813 – December 17, 1871), American writer, essayist and critic. Tuckerman was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a sympathetic and delicate critic, with a graceful style. He wrote extensively both in prose and verse. He travelled much in Italy, which influenced his choice of subjects in his earlier writings. These include The Italian Sketch-book (1835), Isabel, or Sicily: A Pilgrimage (1839); two volumes of verse, Poems (1851) and A Sheaf of Verse (1864); Thoughts on the Poets (1864), The Book of the Artists (1867), Leaves from the Diary of a Dreamer, etc. He was prominent in the literary life of New York City after 1845. CDV. VG. $65


AA126.
Negative by Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E&HT Anthony. John Lothrop Motley (1814-1877), American historian. CDV. G. $75


AA127.
D. Appleton & Co., NY. George William Curtis (1824-1892), American writer, public speaker; political editor of Harper’s Weekly. CDV. VG. $75


AA128.
D. Appleton & Co., NY. Charles Mackay (1814-1889), Scottish poet, journalist and song writer. Wrote Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds in 1841. CDV. VG. $75


AA131.
Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E&HT Anthony. Harper Bros. Publishers. CDV. G. $225


AA133.
Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E&HT Anthony. James Gordon Bennett (1795-1872). Founder, editor, and publisher of the NY Herald. Bennett was a major figure in the history of American newspapers. CDV. G. $125


AA134.
Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E&HT Anthony. George Dennison Prentice was the editor of the Louisville Journal, which he built into a major newspaper. He attracted readers by satire as well as exaggerated reporting and support of the Know-Nothing Party in the 1850s. His writing was said to contribute to rabid anti-Catholic and anti-foreigner sentiment, and a riot in 1855. During the Civil War, he created and wrote about a fictional guerrilla “Sue Mundy,” whose activities he used to taunt the Union military commander of the state. CDV. VG. $125


AA135.
Wm. H. Guild, Jr. Fanny Fern. Sara Willis Parton (1811-1872); American writer, 1st woman to have a regular newspaper column (NY Ledger); highest paid columnist in the US in 1855. CDV. VG. $225


AA139.
No ID. Eliza Cook (1818 – 1889) was an English author, Chartist poet and writer. CDV. G. $35

Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde
AA142. Cabinet Card by Robert W. Thrupp, Photographer to the Queen, of a young Oscar Wilde. Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death. Wilde’s parents were successful Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At university Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles. As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States of America and Canada on the new “English Renaissance in Art”, and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde had become one of the most well-known personalities of his day. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. He wrote Salome (1891) in French in Paris but it was refused a licence. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London. At the height of his fame and success, while his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), was still on stage in London, Wilde had the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, prosecuted for libel, a charge carrying a penalty of up to two years in prison. The trial unearthed evidence that caused Wilde to drop his charges and led to his own arrest and trial for gross indecency with other men. After two more trials he was convicted and imprisoned for two years’ hard labour. In prison he wrote De Profundis (written in 1897 & published in 1905), a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure. Upon his release he left immediately for France, never to return to Ireland or Britain. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life. He died destitute in Paris at the age of forty-six.

Regarding the Thrupp photographs of Oscar Wilde, a Wilde scholar has written the following: “Thrupp Birmingham photographs–In one of Sherard’s biographies of Wilde there is a photograph of Wilde taken in Birmingham wearing his daywear which was fairly constant from September 1883 until the end of his first lecture tour in April 1884. This tallies exactly with the many written descriptions we now have. Sherard entitled the photograph Oscar Wilde, Aesthetic Period, About 1884 and it must have been taken on 13 March when Wilde lectured twice at the Midland Institute in Birmingham. He peers out to his left with his downward sloping eyes and his impassive face does have the look of the Asiatic Bacchus Andre Gide said some compared him with. He wears his favourite green, fur lined coat with its fur collar and cuffs which he had worn throughout his tour of America. Under this he wears his open black velvet jacket and under this his black velvet waistcoat. There is an associated photograph from the same session which has Wilde sitting down, holding his yellow kidgloves. His pale trousers can be seen and the crushed strawberry handkerchief is just visible in the jacket top pocket and his matching crushed strawberry tie is tied in a large, flamboyant bow beneath his soft shirt collar. His hair in these photographs is not as curled and Neronian as Wilde originally described it, it having more ‘volume’ than curl.” In addition, this writer has informed me that the image offered here is a previously unknown third image from the Thrupp sitting. The card is slightly trimmed at the bottom as shown o/w VG. $2500


AA143.
Sarony, NY. Cabinet Card of Oscar Wilde. VG. $2750 This Cabinet Card was stolen at the DC Photo Show in March 2013. One can only hope they get what they deserve.

Anthony Trollope  Anthony Trollope
AA144. 
Elliott & Fry, Portman Square. Anthony Trollope (1815-1882). English novelist. CDV. VG. $150

William H. Prescott William H. Prescott
AA146. Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E&HT Anthony. William H. Prescott (5/4/1796-1/28/1859). First scientific historian in America, possessed an eidetic memory, Hispanist, author. Prescott Arizona is named after him. This image appears to be from a daguerreotype. G. $100

Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne
AA151. Brady’s National Photographic Portrait Galleries, New York & Washington, D.C. Nathaniel Hawthorne.  This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC.  VG. $150

Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne
AA152. Warren’s Portraits, Boston. Nathaniel Hawthorne.  This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC.  VG. $150

Fannie Fern Fannie Fern
AA154. Gurney, NY. Fanny Fern. Sara Willis Parton (1811-1872); American writer, 1st woman to have a regular newspaper column (NY Ledger); highest paid columnist in the US in 1855. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. Trimmed at bottom. G. $225

Fanny Fern Fanny Fern
AA155. Wm. H. Guild, Jr. Fanny Fern. Sara Willis Parton (1811-1872); American writer, 1st woman to have a regular newspaper column (NY Ledger); highest paid columnist in the US in 1855. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. Trimmed at bottom. G. $200

Grace Greenwood Grace Greenwood
A156. Case & Getchell, Boston. Sara Jane Lippincott, known as Grace Greenwood, born on September 23, 1823, in Pompey, New York. Grace Greenwood became a popular poet, children’s scribe and journalist who was The New York Times’ first female writer. She was a staunch abolitionist and champion of women’s rights, actively hitting the lecture circuit, and lived in Europe for a time. The author of many books, including a biography of Queen Victoria, Greenwood died on April 20, 1904. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. G. $125

Harriet Beecher StoweHarriet Beecher Stowe
AA157. Howell, NY. Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811, in Litchfield, Connecticut. Her father, Lyman Beecher, was a leading Congregationalist minister and the patriarch of a family committed to social justice. Stowe achieved national fame for her anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which fanned the flames of sectionalism before the Civil War. Stowe died in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 1, 1896. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. G. $150

Beecher Family Beecher Family
AA158. Photographic negative by Brady, published by E. Anthony. Harriet Beecher Stowe, father Lyman Beecher, brother Henry Ward Beecher. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. G. $150

Henry Ward Beecher Henry Ward Beecher
AA159. No ID. Henry Ward Beecher. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. G. $50

Oliver Optic Oliver Optic
AA160. Warren’s Portraits, Boston. William Taylor Adams, aka Oliver Optic. William Taylor Adams (July 30, 1822 – March 27, 1897), pseudonym Oliver Optic, was a noted academic, author, and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.  This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. VG. $125

James Parton James Parton
AA161. Gurney & Son, NY. James Parton. James Parton (February 9, 1822 – October 17, 1891) was an English-born American biographer who wrote books on the lives of Horace Greeley, Aaron Burr, Andrew Jackson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Voltaire. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. VG. $125

Rudder Grange Rudder Grange
AA162. Brady’s National Photographic Portrait Galleries, NY and Washington, DC. Frank Richard Stockton (April 5, 1834 – April 20, 1902) was an American writer and humorist, best known today for a series of innovative children’s fairy tales that were widely popular during the last decades of the 19th century.  This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC.  G. $65

Fitz-Greene Halleck Fitz-Greene Halleck
AA164. Charles D. Fredricks & Co., NY. Fitz-Greene Halleck (July 8, 1790 – November 19, 1867) was an American poet notable for his satires and as one of the Knickerbocker Group. Born and reared in Guilford, Connecticut, he went to New York City at the age of 20, and lived and worked there for nearly four decades. He was sometimes called “the American Byron”. His poetry was popular and widely read but later fell out of favor. It has been studied since the late twentieth century for its homosexual themes and insights into nineteenth-century society. In 1832, Halleck, a cultural celebrity, started working as personal secretary and advisor to the philanthropist John Jacob Astor, who appointed him as one of the original trustees of the Astor Library. Given an annuity by Astor’s estate, in 1849 Halleck retired to Guilford, where he lived with his sister Marie Halleck for the remainder of his life. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC.  G. $65

Fitz-Greene Halleck Fitz-Greene Halleck
AA165. Charles D. Fredricks & Co., NY. Fitz-Greene Halleck (July 8, 1790 – November 19, 1867) was an American poet notable for his satires and as one of the Knickerbocker Group. Born and reared in Guilford, Connecticut, he went to New York City at the age of 20, and lived and worked there for nearly four decades. He was sometimes called “the American Byron”. His poetry was popular and widely read but later fell out of favor. It has been studied since the late twentieth century for its homosexual themes and insights into nineteenth-century society. In 1832, Halleck, a cultural celebrity, started working as personal secretary and advisor to the philanthropist John Jacob Astor, who appointed him as one of the original trustees of the Astor Library. Given an annuity by Astor’s estate, in 1849 Halleck retired to Guilford, where he lived with his sister Marie Halleck for the remainder of his life. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. VG. $65

Fitz-Greene Halleck Fitz-Greene Halleck
AA166. Charles D. Fredricks & Co., NY. Fitz-Greene Halleck (July 8, 1790 – November 19, 1867) was an American poet notable for his satires and as one of the Knickerbocker Group. Born and reared in Guilford, Connecticut, he went to New York City at the age of 20, and lived and worked there for nearly four decades. He was sometimes called “the American Byron”. His poetry was popular and widely read but later fell out of favor. It has been studied since the late twentieth century for its homosexual themes and insights into nineteenth-century society. In 1832, Halleck, a cultural celebrity, started working as personal secretary and advisor to the philanthropist John Jacob Astor, who appointed him as one of the original trustees of the Astor Library. Given an annuity by Astor’s estate, in 1849 Halleck retired to Guilford, where he lived with his sister Marie Halleck for the remainder of his life. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. VG. $65

Fitz-Greene Halleck Fitz-Greene Halleck
AA167. Photographic Negative from Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E. Anthony, NY. Fitz-Greene Halleck (July 8, 1790 – November 19, 1867) was an American poet notable for his satires and as one of the Knickerbocker Group. Born and reared in Guilford, Connecticut, he went to New York City at the age of 20, and lived and worked there for nearly four decades. He was sometimes called “the American Byron”. His poetry was popular and widely read but later fell out of favor. It has been studied since the late twentieth century for its homosexual themes and insights into nineteenth-century society. In 1832, Halleck, a cultural celebrity, started working as personal secretary and advisor to the philanthropist John Jacob Astor, who appointed him as one of the original trustees of the Astor Library. Given an annuity by Astor’s estate, in 1849 Halleck retired to Guilford, where he lived with his sister Marie Halleck for the remainder of his life. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. VG. $65

Washington Irving Washington Irving
AA169. Charles Taber & Co., New Bedford Mass. Washington Irving, author and editor, was born in New York City on April 3, 1783. Irving achieved international fame for his fictional works, including the stories Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as well as for his biographies and historical writings. Irving served as the United States ambassador to Spain and helped to promote international copyright before his death in 1859. This CDV is of a painting of Irving. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. G. $20

Washington Irving Washington Irving
AA170. Photographic negative by Brady, published by E&HT Anthony. Washington Irving, author and editor, was born in New York City on April 3, 1783. Irving achieved international fame for his fictional works, including the stories Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as well as for his biographies and historical writings. Irving served as the United States ambassador to Spain and helped to promote international copyright before his death in 1859. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. VG. $45

Jacob Abbott Jacob Abbott
AA171. Warren’s Portraits, Boston. Jacob Abbott (November 14, 1803 – October 31, 1879), an American writer of children’s books. He wrote over 200 books. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. G. $50

Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson
AA172. E&HT Anthony. Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. VG. $65

Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson
AA173. Black, Boston. Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. Trimmed top and bottom. G. $65

 Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson
AA175. Charles Taber, New Bedford, Mass. Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. G. $65

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
AA177. No ID. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include “Paul Revere’s Ride”, The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets. This CDV was previously the property of Sidney Strober and was part of Lot 272 in the Strober Auction of Feb. 7, 1970, held at the Parke-Bernet Gallery in NYC. G. $75

N.P. Willis N.P. Willis
AA185. Brady, Washington DC. Nathaniel Parker Willis (January 20, 1806 – January 20, 1867), also known as N. P. Willis, an American author, poet and editor who worked with several notable American writers including Edgar Allan Poe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He became the highest-paid magazine writer of his day. For a time, he was the employer of former slave and future writer Harriet Jacobs. His brother was the composer Richard Storrs Willisand his sister wrote under the name Fanny Fern. Born in Portland, Maine, Willis came from a family of publishers. His grandfather Nathaniel Willis owned newspapers in Massachusetts and Virginia, and his father Nathaniel Willis was the founder of Youth’s Companion, the first newspaper specifically for children. Willis developed an interest in literature while attending Yale College and began publishing poetry. After graduation, he worked as an overseas correspondent for the New York Mirror. He eventually moved to New York and began to build his literary reputation. Working with multiple publications, he was earning about $100 per article and between $5,000 and $10,000 per year. In 1846, he started his own publication, the Home Journal, which was eventually renamed Town & Country. Shortly after, Willis moved to a home on the Hudson River where he lived a semi-retired life until his death in 1867. Willis embedded his own personality into his writing and addressed his readers personally, specifically in his travel writings, so that his reputation was built in part because of his character. Critics, including his sister in her novel Ruth Hall, occasionally described him as being effeminate and Europeanized. Willis also published several poems, tales, and a play. Despite his intense popularity for a time, at his death Willis was nearly forgotten. This CDV was previously owned by Sidney Strober and was included in Lot 272 of the famous Strober Auction held in the Parke-Bernet Galleries in NYC on Feb. 7, 1970. CDV has been slightly trimmed. VG. $75

George Sand by Nadar George Sand by Nadar
AA187. Nadar, Paris. Cabinet Card of George Sand (Amantine-Lucile-Aurora Dupin, July 1, 1804-June 8, 1876). French novelist and memoirist noted for her well publicized romances with artists including Chopin. VG. $250

Scott, Ruskin & Rossetti Scott, Ruskin & Rossetti
AA188. W&D Downey, London. William Bell Scott, John Ruskin, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. While Scott and Rossetti were very close, Scott and Ruskin were enemies. VG. $300

Tennyson
AA190. Barraud, London. Alfred Lord Tennyson Cabinet Card. VG. $150

South Lyon Michigan Excelsior newspapaer
AA191. Cabinet Card showing a newspaper as the background with a man, probably the publisher, front and center. I’ve never seen one like it. The newspaper is The South Lyon Excelsior, South Lyon, Oakland County, Michigan, April 19, 1888. VG. $125

Tolstoy Photo
AA192. Count Tolstoi. Cabinet Card. VG. $150

Victor Hugo aa193b
AA193. Carjat. Victor Hugo (1802-1885). French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, statesman, etc. CDV. G. $85