• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2861

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana

    19 June 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 6

    [CIVIL WAR.] BARNARD, George N. Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign, embracing scenes of the occupation of Nashville, the great battle around Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, the Campaign of Atlanta, March to the Sea and the Great Raid through the Carolinas. New York: Press of Wynkoop and Hallenbeck, 1866.

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    [CIVIL WAR.] BARNARD, George N. Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign, embracing scenes of the occupation of Nashville, the great battle around Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, the Campaign of Atlanta, March to the Sea and the Great Raid through the Carolinas. New York: Press of Wynkoop and Hallenbeck, 1866.

    Titlepage, list of contents, 61 large albumen prints from negatives made in the field, each image approximately 255 x 358 mm, (the sheets 407 x 525mm), the photographs affixed to thick mounts with lithographic frames and letterpress captions. Oblong folio, original blind-paneled brown morocco gilt, central panel gilt-blocked with title, covers with small white ceramic corner bosses, spine blind-tooled in six compartments, all edges gilt, decorative pattern endpages and pastdowns. Buckram folding protective case. Scattered foxing, affecting the group shot of Sherman and his officers (plate 1); some eight others with noticeable foxing, a light dampstain to lower margin, BUT A VERY GOOD COPY OF THIS RARE COLLECTION.

    [With]: Barnard. Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign, From Negatives taken in the Field.... New York, 1866. 8o, 220 x 40 mm., 30pp. Stiff brown wrappers, rubbed. Narrative account by Barnard of the scenes and battles covered by his work, probably intended to serve as a promotion. VERY RARE.

    A complete copy of Barnard's photographic record of the devastating impact of Sherman's campaigns--bold offensive movements that fatally weakened the Confederacy. "Sherman demonstrated a military talent that has led some historians to rank him as the top Federal commander of the war" (Boatner). In 1863 Barnard was appointed Official Photographer of the Military Division of the Mississippi and accompanied Sherman's army on its dramatic campaigns including Chattanooga, Tennessee, battles at Resaca, the siege and capture of Atlanta, the March to the Sea and the final thrust into the Carolinas. In his images Barnard concentrated on the post-battle landscapes and city scenes, capturing the desolation in the wake of battle in telling detail and physicality; the tonalities of the prints are rich and full of contrast. Other Barnard photographs appear in Gardner's Sketchbook of the War. Howes B150. Sabin 3462.


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