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Lot 58: JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL: PHOTOGRAPHY ALBUM. Album containing 72 photographs,

Est: $6,000 USD - $8,000 USDSold:
BonhamsMarch 06, 2020New York, NY, US

Item Overview


Album containing 72 photographs, mounted 1 per page on black paper, gelatin silver prints, each roughly 98 x 75 mm, 1903-1904, of the original staff in the early years of Johns Hopkins Hospital, in remnants of black morocco album, cover stamped '1903-1904' in gilt, label inside rear cover: 'Housh Album / 534 [stamped], Black Leaves...,' 8vo, 104 pp, photographs mostly mounted on rectos, covers detached and missing much of the leather, leaves detached, but photographs in very good condition. Provenance: The Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye.

RARE PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM FROM THE EARLY YEARS OF JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL, including portraits and photographs of work in the field, including 13 of William Osler (including his home at 1 W. Franklin St), William Halsted, William H. Welch, Campbell Palmer Howard, Harvey Cushing, Howard A. Kelly, as well as views of the Hospital, both interior and exterior and an operating theatre view of Halsted's famous 'All-Star Operation.' Most likely from photographs of Dr. Clinton E. Brush, these albums were produced for Hopkins students and faculty in small numbers, each with a different arrangement and selection of photographs. 'What is photographically significant about these scenes... is the casual snapshot style of the images. They depict a table level view of the day's events and disregard sink placement and ancillary personnel, providing the viewer with a feeling of being in the operating amphitheatre' (Rutkow, American Surgery: An Illustrated History, p 216). Highlights included here: William Osler's home at 1 W. Franklin St.; crowd surrounding Osler on ward rounds; Osler looking at patient with nurse in foreground; Osler examining patient with a stethoscope, with Rufus Cole; Osler in contemplation, standing with right foot on chair; Osler sitting and observing a patient's abdomen while a nurse deflects the patient's breath with a card below his nose; Osler observing a patient with Thomas McCrae behind him and Campbell Howard in the foreground; Osler observing a patient with two nurses and two doctors; Osler palpating a patient's abdomen with two nurses; Osler standing with both hands up to face and right foot on a chair; Osler in contemplation with his left hand on his chin; Osler sitting looking over a patient's bed at a tall doctor who is facing him in the foreground; Osler with his left hand on a patient's chest; William S. Thayer standing over a patient; Campbell Palmer Howard seated looking into a microscope; William Halsted in operating groom with full gallery behind him and Harvey Cushing turned away from the operating table; Halsted in formal suit holding an x-ray up to a window in the operating room; Halsted in formal suit walking through operating room; Harvey Cushing in a straw hat and holding a cane outside; Howard A. Kelly in operating room wearing a short white coat; Thomas S. Cullen standing in an operating room; 52) John A. Sampson sitting in an overstuffed chair in the doctor's reading room; 53) Curtis F. Burnham seated on a stool in an operating room; 54) Gerry Rounds Holden performing a surgical procedure on an African-American patient; JHH exterior view of 'The Bridge'; William H. Welch seated with framed portraits of William Osler and Walter Reed behind him; 61) William G. MacCallum seated with skeleton in the background; Five African-American infants lying together in a crib; FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF PHOTOGRAPHS, PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTION ON-LINE. These albums are very rare in the marketplace.

Please note our online sale of The Medical & Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye Part III, March 1-11, 2020.
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Auction Details

Fine Books and Manuscripts

March 06, 2020, 10:00 AM EST

580 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 10022, US


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