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

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.

 

An attic discovery of the rare 1845 first edition of Poe’s Tales (Lot 224, Estimate: $60,000-80,000) in paper wrappers will be offered, along with a first edition of The Book of Mormon (Lot 264, Estimate: $45,000-55,000), and Benjamin Lincoln’s Oath of Allegiance witnessed and signed by George Washington (Lot 53, Estimate: $20,000-30,000).… Read More

Guide to Collecting John James Audubon Prints

Among the entries on the list of the World’s Most Expensive Books at Auction are copies of The Birds of America by John James Audubon, which sold for $11.5 million in 2010. 

There’s a good reason that the book commands such high prices. Audubon created a genre of illustration that didn’t exist before. He depicted his birds life-size,  exhibiting normal behaviors in their natural habitats. His abilities as an artist and high scientific standards are perfectly captured in his illustrations, and people of all ages and backgrounds are drawn to these lifelike images.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

The auction kicks off with over 50 lots of important documents, featuring interesting items from early American history.… Read More

November Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction Achieves Exceptional Results

BOSTON, MA – December 5, 2013Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce strong results from its November 17 auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts. Grossing over $1.1 million, this sale garnered tremendous enthusiasm across both emerging and established collecting areas, highlighting Skinner’s continued growth in the category.

Early Photography

19th century photography performed well, led by Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War.… Read More

Skinner to Spotlight Fine Books & Manuscripts on November 17

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.

Rare Books

Skinner is pleased to offer a selection of rare books, among them, the auction’s top lot: Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War (Lot 140, estimated between $150,000 and $170,000).… 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

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