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    Sale 2486 | Lot 31
    Price Realized: $938With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2486 Lot 31

      (EPHEMERA.) Album of small portrait engravings of Union and Confederate leaders in carte-de-visite format. 47 engravings, each 4 x 2 1/2 inches, inserted into a period album. Original embossed calf, 6 x 4 1/2 inches, with clasps, defective spine label, otherwise minor wear; minor foxing, closed tear and tape repair to Lincoln's mount; anonymous gift inscription on flyleaf dated Buffalo, NY, 25 December 1863. New York, circa 1862

      Estimate $400 - 600

      Many or all of these cards were produced by engraver and publisher Elias Dexter of 562 Broadway in Manhattan. The subjects are a mix of Union and Confederate, with both military and civilian leaders represented. Lincoln is inserted first, as often seen in Civil War-era albums; his portrait is based on a circa 1862 Brady photograph (Ostendorf O-57). By this point, most other northern publishers had stopped portraying Confederate leaders. A more complete list is available upon request.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $938