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Skinner’s November Rare Books and Manuscripts Auction leads off with a stunning collection of photographic books from the John Teti Rare Photography Book Collection deaccessioned from the New Hampshire Institute of Art documenting the history of photography as an art form throughout the 20th century. Highlights include Edward Stiechen’s complete set of Alfred Stieglitz’s landmark journal Camera Work, a complete set of Stieglitz’ publication Camera Notes, and first editions of many important works from photographic artists around the world including Doris Ulmann and Julia Peterkin’s rare work documenting the lives of former slaves and their descendants, Roll, Jordan, Roll, Alvin Landon Coburn’s New York capturing the mood of New York City in twenty photogravures, Ken Domon’s Hiroshima-Nagasaki Document 1961 illustrating the work of Ken Domon, Roger Parry’s Banalite, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s Fotografias.
A selection of important literary works is led by a rare set of Jane Austen first editions including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Other authors represented in the sale include William Burroughs, Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming, Ernest Hemingway, Ayn Rand, John Steinbeck, Tennessee Williams, and Herman Wouk.
Manuscripts and maps round out the sale with interesting historical items spanning 17th century America through the present. Manuscripts include a book of military returns from the 8th Massachusetts Regiment 1779-1781, an archive of correspondence concerning the controversial Chiriquí Colonization Project of 1862, letters by several 19th century artists including Thomas Cole, John Singer Sargent, William Sidney Mount, and James McNeill Whistler, 20th century figures including Enrico Fermi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and an extensive collection of 700 autographs encompassing 1940s American and world politics, sports, entertainment and the arts. A selection of maps is highlighted by Richard Holmes Laurie’s rare August 14, 1830 edition of Fredonia or the United States of North-America, along with a large collection of world maps and atlases spanning the 16th-early 20th centuries.