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Rare Copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales Auctioned for $315,000 at Skinner

BOSTON, MA – November 18, 2018  – An attic discovery of the rare 1845 first edition of Poe’s Tales (Lot 224, Estimate: $60,000-80,000) in paper wrappers surpassed all expectations to sell for $315,000 after fierce competition from internet and telephone bidders. Based on the context of the discovery of this copy of Poe’s Tales, the original owner presumably bought this and other similar contemporaneous books to be read for amusement in the 1840s.… Read More

Rare First Edition of Poe’s Tales Featured in the November Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction at Skinner

Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849) Tales, First Edition, in Paper Wrappers, New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845 (Lot 224, Estimate: $60,000-80,000)

Boston, MA – November 2, 2018 – Skinner is pleased to announce the November 18 auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts to be held at the Skinner Boston Gallery at 11AM. Featuring 350 lots, this rare book auction offers fresh finds from several important New England estates including printed books, documents, natural history prints and maps.… Read More

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

Skinner to Host Fine Books & Manuscripts Online Auction May 27th–June 7th

Dutch Manuscript Prayerbook with Three Hand-Colored Woodcuts, Late-15th Century. (Estimate $2,000-$2,500)

Boston, MA –May  22, 2015  This spring’s Fine Books and Manuscripts auction at Skinner, Inc. will remain true to its title, featuring printed and handwritten material spanning six centuries and celebrating cultural, literary, and historical milestones. The online-only sale will begin on May 27th, 2015 at 12 P.M.… Read More

Skinner to Auction Early American Documents, Rare Books, Manuscripts and More on May 31

BOSTON, MA – May 1, 2014 Skinner, Inc. announces a Fine Books & Manuscripts auction on May 31st featuring early American documents, rare books, manuscripts, natural history prints, and antique maps. Department director Devon Gray notes, “New England culture treasures books, history, and education; Massachusetts is home to Harvard University, the Antiquarian Society, and the Boston Public Library. Skinner is in a unique position to present important American documents at auction.”

Important Documents

Declaration of Independence.

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Skinner to Spotlight Fine Books & Manuscripts on November 17

Merian, Maria Sybilla (1647-1717) Histoire Generale des Insectes de Surinam et Toute L’Europe. Paris: Desnos, 1771 (Lot 214, Estimate $45,000-$65,000)

BOSTON, MA – October 25, 2013Skinner, Inc. will feature an exceptional selection of important rare books, including a section of children’s books, historic documents, natural history prints, and maps during its Fine Books & Manuscripts auction, November 17.… 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