Auctions | May 16, 2016

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

1051_Helen_Keller copy.jpgMARLBOROUGH, MA, May 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. Kennedy letter  written just after the death of his brother Joe in 1944 (Lot 1053, $7,000-$9,000); a manuscript leaf from Henry David Thoreau’s Cape Cod (Lot 1099, $6,000-$8,000); two signed photographs of Theodore Roosevelt (Lots 1083 and 1085); and other interesting original material.

The history of science is represented by first editions of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (Lot 1144, $60,000-$80,000); Alfred Russel Wallace’s A Narrative of Travels on the Amazon (Lot 1267, $2,000-$3,000) and The Malay Archipelago (Lot 1268, $2,000-$3,000); the first separate edition of Albert Einstein’s Foundation of the Generalized Theory of Relativity in German, 1916 (Lot 1163, $4,000-$6,000); and a first edition of John James Audubon’s octavo Birds of North America (Lot 1127, $30,000-$35,000).

Illustrated books are also featured in the auction, along with Audubon and other natural history prints and a very strong section of historic maps. Other highlights include a very early Helen Keller letter (Lot 1051, $3,000-$5,000) and a stunning illuminated manuscript from 1917 by Jessie Bayes (Lot 1131, $15,000-$17,000).

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews for the auction are free and open to the public. Previews will be held in Boston on Wednesday, May 24 from 10AM to 5PM and on Thursday, May 25 from noon to 7PM. Illustrated catalog 2891T is available for download or viewing online at Prices realized will be available online at during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time through SkinnerLive!