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Fine Books & Manuscripts online May 31 through June 8

Featuring more than 700 lots of printed books, historic manuscripts, maps, and prints, including Audubon’s.

MARLBOROUGH, MA – May 31, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. is hosting an online auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts from May 31 through June 8. Interested bidders are invited to preview items and meet with specialists in person on June 5, June 6, and June 7, or anytime online.

A featured section of NASA photographs and memorabilia from the collection of Dutch television director Rudolf Spoor takes center stage (300 lots), with an item unprecedented in space collecting: a NASA safety helmet signed by 26 American astronauts and six rocket scientists and missions control specialists.… Read More

Important Collection of George Washington Material Leads Skinner’s Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction, October 30

Washington, George (1732-1799) Autograph Letter Signed, Mount Vernon, 20 April 1773 (Lot 2, Estimate: $20,000-25,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner’s October 30 Fine Books & Manuscripts auction will feature one of the most notable collections of original signed George Washington material to be offered at auction in recent history. The material is diverse, and highlights Washington’s ongoing commitment to nurturing and maintaining Mount Vernon, important moments during the Revolutionary War, and the first Presidency.… Read More

Skinner to Offer Fine Books & Manuscripts at Auction November 15

Washington, George (1732-1799) Autograph Receipt Signed, Philadelphia, June 1787. (Lot 76, Estimate $4,000-$6,000)

Complete copy of Audubon’s Quadrupeds of North America leads Annual Fall Sale

Boston, MA –October 26, 2015 Skinner, Inc. will present a Fine Books & Manuscripts auction as part of Boston’s traditional fall calendar of rare book events. The 39th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Convention Center runs during the weekend of November 13-15, and the Skinner auction of over four hundred historical and literary documents, fine and rare books, prints, and maps commences on Sunday, November 15th, at 11AM.… Read More

The Fascinating World of Presidential Art and Objects

American School, Late 18th Century, After Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827) Portrait Miniature of George Washington as Colonel of the First Virginia Regiment (Lot 4, Estimate $4,000-$6,000)

On Presidents’ Day we remember the accomplishments of the leaders who have shaped the United States. While each President has left an indelible mark on American society, the holiday as implemented by Congress in 1879 was known originally as Washington’s Birthday and was intended to honor the country’s first President.… Read More

Fine Books and Manuscripts Auction Features Presidential Documents

BOSTON, Mass. – May 22, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts on June 1st in its Boston gallery. The sale will feature a large group of Audubon imperial folio prints of North American quadrupeds, literary firsts, modern first editions, theological works, presidential documents, and a group of fine maps.

Presidential Documents

Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Photographic Portrait by Alexander Gardner (1821-1882) (Lot 35, Estimate $20,000-$30,000)

The auction opens with three documents signed by John Quincy Adams, including a letter written to the American consul in Russia in 1815 (lot 2, estimated between $3,000 and $5,000) that contains a large section on Robert Fulton’s steamship agreement with the Russians; a legal brief drafted early in Adams’s career (lot 1, $400 to $600); and a signed ship’s passport from 1825 (lot 3, $600 to $800).… Read More

What Price Freedom? Draft Manuscript Petition of Abraham Lincoln’s XIIIth Amendment

My dad, a Korean War vet, uses the very father-like expression “freedom isn’t free.” It often gets boiled down to a sound bite, but it’s absolutely true. The freedoms we enjoy every day in this country all came with a price—turmoil, sweat, tears, and blood.