Hindman’s Books and Manuscripts department sales encompass a broad range of categories, including printed and manuscript Americana, maps and atlases, science and medicine, travel and exploration, literature, natural history, manuscripts, fine press and printing, livres d’artiste, fine bindings, original illustration art, and a diverse range of important historic objects. Central to our success is our specialists’ unparalleled experience in the field and our commitment to our clients.
The Books and Manuscripts department at Hindman conducts regularly scheduled auctions of collections large and small consigned by individuals, estates and institutions. We invite you to contact our Books and Manuscripts department for a complimentary auction estimate.
Gretchen Hause is the director and senior specialist of the Books and Manuscripts Department at Hindman.
Ms. Hause joined the firm in 2017, after working for over seven years as a specialist in the Books and Manuscripts Department at Christie’s in New York. During her tenure at Hindman, Ms. Hause has handled the nearly $200,000 sale of a rare copy of J. T. Palmatary’s 1857 pre-fire view of Chicago (the only copy in private hands), as well as the sale of the Robert L. McKay Collection of manuscripts. She was also responsible for the sale of the Fine Cartographic and Printed Americana Collection of Evelyn and Eric Newman, which was 97% sold by lot, achieving the highest sale total for a single-session auction in department history. Ms. Hause oversaw the sale of The Adventure and Exploration Library of Steve Fossett, selling 100% of the lots offered and achieving the highest sale total for a single-owner collection in department history. Ms. Hause attended introductory and advanced bibliography and history of bookbinding courses at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and she has a BA and MA in English literature. Ms. Hause is a member of the Grolier Club, the Caxton Club, the Washington Map Society, and the Chicago Map Society. She is an auctioneer and has over a decade of experience working with rare books and manuscripts.
“A fine copy with plates in exceptional condition.”
“An exceedingly scarce pre-fire view of Chicago, the only copy in private hands.”
“An important letter written by Lincoln requesting the resignation of his cabinet member during the contested 1864 Presidential election”
“A rare variant of the first edition, an extraordinary book produced in extreme conditions, beautifully- produced, printed, and bound by amateur book-makers.”
“A fine copy of Tolkien’s best-selling classic work of fiction.”
“Extremely scarce, one of only three copies sold at auction in the last 30 years.”
“An exquisite 16th-century manuscript illustrated by Dürer’s woodcut views with contemporary hand-coloring.”
“A manuscript of Gershwin’s beloved composition, which evoked the sights and energy of Paris in the 1920s.”
“A monument of North America cartography – the first large-scale printed map of colonial North America, and the first to show all thirteen colonies.”
“A rare complete set of small-format posters representing the work of 97 artists, compiled by Jules Chéret, and published during the Belle Époque.”
“A superb association copy, presented by Wilde to his friend and patron, George Alexander.”
“A fine copy of this remarkable and unique unrecorded issue of Humboldt’s monumental work.”
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