Cowan's: Hindman Auctions - Chicago

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana, Part I

Comprised of over 300 lots, this remarkable collection tells the history of African Americans, especially their role in settling the western frontier in 19th and early 20th century. Items include photographs, broadsides, rare books, manuscript collections, pinbacks, and more. The subjects range from civil leaders to ordinary citizens to the black liberation movement of the 1960s and 70s. Especially noteworthy is an exceptional selection of early photography including the last known studio portrait of Harriet Tubman, and extraordinary images of Buffalo Soldiers, of special note: a cabinet card of a Buffalo Soldier wearing a buffalo coat. The collection also includes photographs by groundbreaking African American photographers, including Augustus Washington, the Goodridge Brothers, A.S. Thomas, and James P. Ball, including a cabinet card taken when he had ventured west to Montana. All of this in addition to exceedingly scarce and difficult to obtain images of African Americans in the frontier west.

Other highlights include Lot 4 Frederick Douglass’ Walking Stick, gifted to him in 1888 and a phenomenal painting Mitchell’s Point, Looking Down the Columbia River by pioneering African American artist Grafton Tyler Brown. Rare imprints include the very scarce 1922 first edition of Events of the Tulsa Disaster, the second cookbook ever published by an African American, What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, and the only known slave narrative published independently in California, The Life and Adventures of James Williams. Also featured is a noteworthy collection of sports and boxing items with several significant photographs, postcards, and more related to the landmark careers of Joe Gans and Jack Johnson, and much more. 


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Cowan's: Hindman Auctions - Chicago
1338 West Lake Street

Chicago, IL

41.8856523, -87.6605617