Books and Manuscripts


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.

Director and Senior Specialist

Books and Manuscripts

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.

Director and Senior Specialist

Books and Manuscripts

Department Highlights

1 | 12

Complimentary Auction Estimates​

You are welcome to submit items electronically or to contact any of our offices directly.​​

Our specialists are eager to help you learn more about your collection and current auction sale estimates. ​

To begin an estimate, our specialists will need:​

  • At least 3 photos​
  • Detailed description​
  • Details on signatures or marks

Auction Specialist

Gretchen Hause

Director and Senior Specialist, Books and Manuscripts

The Books and Manuscripts department is currently accepting consignments for upcoming auctions. To request an electronic evaluation of your property, click the button below and begin the consignment process now.