Skinner Fine Books and Manuscripts to Turn a New Page in Upcoming Sale The Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts auction in Boston November 18, 2012 features rare presidential letters and documents, rare books, and an important history of science collection.
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Two works inscribed by Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad (lot 482, $2,000 to $3,000) and The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (lot 483, $2,000 to $3,000) will also be offered.
Newspapers, Documents and Architectural Plans
A selection of newspapers from the Revolutionary War period includes approximately one hundred issues of the Providence Gazette and Country Journal. This collection chronicles the years 1770 and 1771 (lot 420, $2,500 to $3,500). The front page of the March 10-17, 1770 issue is dedicated to the Boston Massacre, which occurred on the twelfth of that month.
A Native American land deed dated 1707 and signed by Mohegan Chief Owaneco, for the sale of 210 acres in Windham, Connecticut (lot 84, $1,000 to $1,500) will be sold, and an assortment of material relating to the American Revolution and the War of 1912 will also be offered.
Lots 116 and 117 contain interesting material related to the Pratt house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in Michigan in the 1950s. Lot 116 ($5,000 to $7,000) is an original drawing signed by Wright, and lot 117 ($3,000 to $4,000) contains several blueprints and other copies of architectural renderings for the Pratt house.
The Michael Howard Theater Collection
The sale will also feature theater-related prints and broadsides from the personal collection of Michael Howard. Howard, a renowned actor, director, and teacher of the dramatic arts, taught at the Julliard School, Yale School of Drama, American Conservatory Theatre, and most notably at his own studio. Citing his master teacher, Lee Strasberg, as a major influence not only professionally but also as a collector, Howard has been actively collecting theatrical ephemera since his career started more than 60 years ago.
Previews, Catalogue and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2012, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, November 18, 2012, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Illustrated catalogue #2621B is available by mail from the subscription department at #508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery. Prices realized will be available at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. Skinner's site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogues, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive! Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/skinnerauctions.
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