Caverns of Luray photographs. C. H. James, photographer.
Caverns of Luray photographs.
Caverns of Luray photographs.
Caverns of Luray photographs.
Caverns of Luray photographs.

Caverns of Luray photographs.

Philadelphia, 1882. 4 albumen photographs, each 5” x 8”, affixed to paperboard mount measuring 18” x 22”. Each image with title and photographer’s credit and date in image.

A set of four dramatic images of Luray caverns, entitled (clockwise from upper left): Throne in Cathedral, Saracen’s Tent; Campbell’s Hall; and Brand’s Cascade.Two of the cavern titles reflect their discovery and early exploration. Local tinsmith Andrew Campbell and nephew Billy discovered the draft of cool air leading to the 1878 exploration, illumination and public opening of the caves. Alexander Brand, Jr., a correspondent for the New York Herald, was the first travel writer to visit the Caverns. Along with Campbell and Dr. Horace Hovey, a noted author and authority on caves, Brand toured the cave and named formations, many of them still used today.

CONDITION: Images fine with strong tonality; mount with 1 cm chip and 2 cm closed tear on right edge, 2 cm closed tear on left edge, light wear.

Item #5712

Price: $295.00

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