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See Stephan Loewentheil’s recent Essay featured in the international art magazine Apollo:

“Why has it taken early Chinese photography so long to emerge from the shadows?”

The 19th Century Shop’s latest exhibition “Life in Qing Dynasty Shanghai: The Photographs of William Saunders” opens this Friday (November 4th) at the China Exchange in London.

“Although a handful of photographers had travelled through Shanghai before Saunders, none attempted to document the great commercial city so thoroughly, and none lived there for as long as he did. He was the first major photographer in China to make and sell hand-coloured paper prints, but until now there has never been a solo exhibition of his work.”

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Stephan Loewentheil has been on a 35-year-long quest to collect and display historic photographs of China
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China Daily features the Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection & its upcoming William Saunders exhibition in London. 

"The success of the show reflected the increasing global interest in China's people and culture, as well as the interest of the people of China in preserving and studying their own history," said Loewentheil, who's Historical Photography of China Collection is the largest holding of late Qing dynasty photographs of China in private hands. "Today, Beijing is a vastly different place and the early photographs presented a perspective on the city which had never been previously available."

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“A wise girl knows her limits, a smart girl knows that she has none.” – #MarilynMonroe

Marilyn Monroe was born on this day in 1926. We offer a signed photograph by Ed Clark of Monroe taken at the beginning of her career. Ed Clark was a top photographer for Life magazine in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. In 1950 he received a call from a friend at 20th Century Fox wondering if he wanted to photograph “a hot tomato,” the little-known 24 year-old actress Marilyn Monroe.
Portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Edward Clark.
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American author and philosopher Ralph Waldo #Emerson was born on this day in 1803.

We offer a tremendous signed letter from Emerson to Abby Dwight Woodbridge in which he explains his philosophy of poetry.
“I am very hard to please in the matter of poetry, but my quarrel with most of the verses I read is this, namely, that it is conventional, that it is a certain manner of writing agreed on in society … but is not that new, constitutional, unimitated & inimitable voice of the individual, which poetry ought always to be …”

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Autograph Letter Signed to Abby Dwight Woodbridge. Emerson describes for a prospective contributor the workings of his fabled literary magazine, The Dial.
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Today we celebrate Alan Shepard, who became the first American in space on this day in 1961. Shepard piloted the spacecraft Freedom 7 during a 15 minute-minute suborbital flight that reached an altitude of 116 miles. 

We offer a magnificent collection of launch photographs of all six manned Mercury missions, each inscribed by the astronaut to fellow astronaut Walter Cunningham, later the Apollo 7 lunar module pilot.  Project Mercury, which began on October 7, 1958, one year after the launch of Sputnik I, aimed to put a man in orbit, to study the effects of space flight on humans, and to return men safely to earth.
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See NY Mag's recent announcement and slideshow of Jacob Loewentheil's new book "The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger's Revelations in Photography", out April 19th from Rizzoli.
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Queen Astrid of Sweden.
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After a 33-day voyage, Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the New World in the Bahamas on October 12th, 1492. He named the first land sighted as El Salvador, claiming it in the name of the Spanish Crown.

We offer Voyages to the New World by Columbus, Vespucci and Others: A Contemporary Manuscript from the Age of Discovery with contributions by Columbus’s shipmate Michele de Cuneo. This important codex of the age of discovery is an unpublished source for the history of exploration in the New World. The author, the Benedictine monk Bernardus of Albenga, consulted Columbus’s friend and shipmate Michele de Cuneo in the preparation of this manuscript.
Columbus manuscript 1512, a major discovery from the Age of Exploration
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On June 9th, 1898 the British signed a 99-year lease for Hong Kong. Hong Kong was administered as a British Crown Colony until July 1, 1997, when its sovereignty reverted to the People's Republic of China.

We offer beautiful photographs of early Hong Kong by John Thomson from his work "Illustrations of China."

For more information on our China Photographic Masterworks Collection please visit:
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American Poet #WaltWhitman was born on this day in 1819 in Long Island, New York.

We offer a matching inscribed set of Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets. This set is accompanied by the original autographed note by Whitman to one of his British supporters who purchased a copy in a time of need: “Both the cash and the emotional cheer were deep medicines; many paid double or treble price (Tennyson and Ruskin did)… these blessed gales from the British Islands probably (certainly) saved me.”

This is a splendid pair of books inscribed by Whitman documenting a crucial turning point in his life and reputation. Read more here:

Additionally, we have acquired an outstanding Walt Whitman collection, now being catalogued. Please inquire for details.
This set of the privately-published author’s edition of Leaves of Grass is inscribed by Walt Whitman in each volume: “Godfrey Lushington from the author.”
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#SigmundFreud was born on this day in 1856. His theories became the foundation for treating psychiatric disorders by psychoanalysis and offered some of the first workable cures for mental disorders.

Freud, who is now all but synonymous with psychologic enquiry, was chosen by Marcel Sternberger in his pursuit of “psychological portraiture” as seen in Jacob Loewentheil’s new book, The Psychological Portrait: Sternberger’s Revelations in Photography.

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In honor of +Stephen Hawking 's recent announced plan to send interstellar probes to the #AlphaCentauri  star system, we offer Wernher von Braun’s original design and signed drawing of a space ship.

The father of the American space program, Von Braun made this drawing for the epochal series “Man will Conquer Space Soon.” This publication played a central role in inspiring a generation of American rocket scientists and convincing the American public of the possibility of space exploration.
An original signed drawing of a space ship by Wernher von Braun. The father of the American space program made this drawing for Man will Conquer Space Soon.
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The 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop has purchased Daniel Bomber’s 16th Century Babylonian Talmud at a record breaking $9.3 million dollars. This is the finest and most important set of the legendary Bomberg Talmud in private hands.
A 16th-century set of Shas sold at auction for $9.3 million in New York, a global record for any piece of Judaica, auctioneers Sotheby’s announced Tuesday. The extremely rare, nine-volume set of…Read more »
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