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Boston Bookbinding Demonstration

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Reception: 5:30PM | Presentation: 6PM

Join Fine Books & Manuscripts specialist Devon Eastland for a demonstration of bookbinding techniques, restoration treatments and a discussion of approaches to repair with examples. See books from the inside out and bring your questions. Devon has worked in the field of restoration for more than twenty years. Repair a chair and sit down, fix a book and read!… Read More

From Astronomy to Optics: An Important History of Science Book Collection

Hevelius, Johannes (1611-1687) Prodromus Astronomiae. Danzig: Stollius, 1690. To be sold at auction on November 18, 2012, Lot 573, Estimate $80,000-$100,000

I got a phone call last August about a potential book collection. Nothing unusual there, my job allows me the privilege of responding to queries about book collections every day. The description of the collection was brief but promising: about 125 books on the history of science, from the sixteenth to nineteenth century.… Read More

Meet the Experts: Devon Gray, Director of Fine Books & Manuscripts, Part II

The Adventures of a Rare Book Expert

Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1976), editor. The Mask: a Monthly Journal of the Art of the Theatre. Florence: Morandi, Tipografia Bodoniana, 1908-1912. Estimate $800-1,200.

Devon Gray is the new Director of Fine Books & Manuscripts at Skinner. Read part I, How to Fall in Love with Medieval Manuscripts, then read on for some of Devon’s favorite discoveries from her years buying and selling rare books.… Read More

Meet the Experts: Devon Gray, Director of Fine Books & Manuscripts, Part I

When I was in college, my husband and I loved going to second-hand bookstores in Harvard Square. One day, we found a book from the 1600s. It was a Latin/Greek lexicon printed in Amsterdam, and it cost $175. With most antiques, if something is from 1850, it’s considered really old. If we had found a painting from the 1600s, it seemed to me that it would be worth a lot more than that! So we bought the book.