Lot 8[CLASS ALBUM]
[Photographs of Princeton College New Jersey. Class of 1860]--from spine title. [Princeton, New Jersey]: 1860. Full brown pebbled grain leather, front cover lettered "James A. McCampbell, Nicholasville KY", spine in six compartments, brown paper endpapers, all edges gilt. 12 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches (32 x 42.5 cm); with five views of Princeton, 12 mounted oval salt prints prints of the instructors of the College, 94 oval portraits of the graduating class (many signed by the students), followed by 4 portraits of African-Americans (one being the Assistant Professor of Natural History, Alfred N. C. Scudder, who is relegated from faculty to a group of servants and vendors). Front board detached, rear holding on cords, spine somewhat defective.; Together with McCampbell's volume of autographed sentiments from his classmates, in a leather-bound volume stamped "Autographs.
The Princeton Class of 1860 graduated and many of the students must have immediately enlisted on both sides of the Civil War. Many Princetonians came from families South of the Mason-Dixon line, and at least seven Confederate generals were Princeton graduates. Of those depicted in this book whose service records are traceable, eleven fought for the Union, fifteen for the Confederacy. McCampbell, the owner of this album, was the adjutant of the 20th Kentucky Volunteers, which fought for the Union. A remarkable class album, quite rare.
Sold for $11,875
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