Devon Eastland joined Skinner in 2012 after more than twenty years as the co-owner and founder of James & Devon Gray Booksellers in Harvard Square. Devon is widely known for her expertise in books printed prior to 1700 including those from the Pre-medieval, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Restoration periods. She is much in demand as an appraiser and cataloger of antiquarian books, and has served in an advisory role to individual and institutional collectors, including Harvard University, The Shepard Historical Society, Boston College, and the Cleveland Public Library’s Department of Special Collections.
Devon is also a bookbinder and owner of the Larksfoot Bindery in Princeton, Massachusetts, where, in addition to restoring and conserving fine books, she occasionally receives commissions to create “old books” for use as movie props. She has also served as a guest artist at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, teaching book binding techniques to undergraduates.
Devon holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the Harvard University Extension School, where she was enrolled in the Special Students Program. In addition, she has attended workshops in a variety of disciplines related to bookbinding, including Gilt Tooling with Gavin Dovey at the Center for Book Arts in New York, European Bookbinding from 1500 – 1800 with Nicholas Pickwood at the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Restoration of Leather Bindings with Bernard Middleton at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
She lives with her family in Princeton, Massachusetts and is an avid roller derby enthusiast.