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Printing in Paradise: The Story of Early Printing in Hawai‘i (and Why Massachusetts Matters)

Hawai‘i is closer to Massachusetts than you may think. Discover how the Bay State became a hotbed of early Hawaiian printing with the American Antiquarian Society’s curator of books, Elizabeth Watts Pope. She will show treasures from the AAS research library to illustrate the little-known but fascinating history of the earliest printing on the Hawaiian Island and its Massachusetts connections.

The story begins almost two hundred years ago when a book was one of the direct causes that prompted missionaries (both Native Hawaiians and U.S.… 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

Fine Books & Manuscripts Gallery Walk

Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) The Inaugural Speech of Thomas Jefferson (Lot 28: Estimate $4,000-$6,000)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Join us for a tour of auction highlights

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Reception: 5:30PM Gallery Walk: 6PM

All are welcome to attend a free event at the Skinner Boston Gallery. Devon Gray, Department Director, will present highlights from the May 30th, 2014 Fine Books & Manuscripts auction.

Skinner Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116

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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.

Wonderful Witchcraft: Rare Books at Auction

Happy Halloween from the Fine Books & Manuscripts Department! Halloween is department director Stuart Whitehurst’s favorite holiday, so we thought we’d share a few spooky selections from our November 13th auction.

Witchcraft from the 17th Century

Lot 772: Cabala, Speculum Artis Et Naturae, in Alchymia; Exinde, Augsburg: Andrea Erffurt, 1654, Est. $150-200

The rare book auction includes a collection of twenty unusual titles concerning witchcraft, most published in London in the 17th century.… Read More