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Early English Books in Boston: a July Event

Skinner’s specially scheduled July book auction features a single-owner collection from California that includes high spots of English literature, culture, religion, and history from before 1700. Early English books have been prized by book collectors since the 19th century, and this important collection, formed over decades of careful selection from the best dealers and auction houses worldwide represents a unique opportunity to acquire early books that are rarely available for sale.… Read More

A Passion for Collecting: Henry and Emily Folger’s Hunt for First Folios | July 19 | Boston

Lecture by Andrea Mays, Author of The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio

 

Thursday, July 19th

Andrea Mays, author of The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio, will speak about her book, early printing, collecting, and the upcoming Early English Books auction on July 20. 

Andrea Mays, like fellow New Yorker Henry Folger, has been possessed by a lifelong obsession with Shakespeare and his times.… Read More

Selling Antique Books, Part II: Eight Ways to Determine Your Books’ Value

If there is one single thing that is a make or break for book value, it would be the dust jacket. The value of a first edition copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night with dust jacket is around $6,000. Without a dust jacket….$300. This huge difference in value is largely due to the fact that more than 90% of dust jackets are destroyed, either deliberately or due to their ephemeral and fragile nature. If you have one on a good book, treasure it. Also, be sure to protect it with a plastic sleeve.

3 Ways to Research Book Values Online

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Signed Presentation Copy, first American edition, New York: Doubleday & McClure, 1899. Sold for $19,680

Have you ever found a cool vintage book at a thrift shop, or opened up an old frame to discover an ancient document? Perhaps someone in your family loved reading so much that they filled the entire house (and all of the closets) with books. Even a modest collection arranged on shelves in an unassuming den or living room can sometimes contain 1,000 or more books, and when downsizing one wonders where to begin!… Read More

A Celebration of Text and Art

Arabic Manuscript on Paper with Persian Commentary (Lot 1108, Estimate $2,000-3,000)

Papermaking, calligraphy, illumination, paper marbling, and gold-tooled goatskin bindings define fine bookmaking and are generally associated with western and continental books. However, mastery of these book arts was transmitted to Europe through the Middle East during the Middle Ages. Although the Chinese pioneered papermaking and printing with movable type, in Medieval times, all roads from China to continental Europe passed through the Middle East and North Africa.… Read More

Skinner to Host Books & Manuscripts Online Auction, May 23 – June 2

Wyeth, Andrew (1917-2009) Archive of Forty-three Signed Autograph Letters and Notes, with Sketches (Lot 1106, Estimate: $80,000-120,000)

MARLBOROUGH, MAAn archive of forty-three unpublished love letters written by secretive and celebrated artist Andrew Wyeth highlights Skinner’s spring auction of Books & Manuscripts. The online-only auction features 592 lots of historical and literary documents, fine and rare books, prints, and maps.… Read More

Hamilton in the House

Washington, Martha (1731-1802) Autograph Letter Signed, Philadelphia, 18 October 1794 (Lot 25, Estimate: $15,000-20,000)

My daughter is 15 years old, and she is an ardent fan of musical theater. At our house, any possible topic of conversation could (should and will) relate directly to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Sometimes it’s really a bit of a stretch, but she always comes through with a lyric that fits, and favors us with song.… 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

Internationally Renowned Auction House Expands in New York City

Katie Banser-Whittle

BOSTON, MA – May 20, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. has named Katie Banser-Whittle as its newest Regional Director. In this role, Banser-Whittle will be responsible for developing new business, providing appraisal services, and managing client relations with individuals, fiduciaries, not-for-profit organizations, and museums throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Katie will be located in the Skinner regional office in midtown Manhattan, which will provide clients with convenient access to the full range of Skinner consignment and appraisal services.… Read More

Skinner to Host Fine Books & Manuscripts Online Auction May 18–26

Darwin, Charles (1809-1882) On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. London: Murray, 1859. First edition (Lot 1144, Estimate $60,000-$80,000)

MARLBOROUGH, MA, May 13, 2016- This spring’s Fine Books & Manuscripts  online-only auction will open for bidding on Wednesday, May 18 at 12 PM and conclude on Thursday, May 26 at 3PM.

The auction features a well-rounded selection of unique documents and rare printed books, including three documents signed by George Washington (Lots 1107, 1108, & 1109); a large archive of letters and notes by Nantucket whaler Seth Pinkham (Lot 1072, estimated between $10,000 and $15,000); a rare large-format signed photograph of Charles Dickens (Lot 1025, $8,000-$10,000); an early John F.Read More

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