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E x pertise G l oba l R eac h R ecord P rices E x ceptiona l ser v ice

The Fine Books and Manuscripts Department at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is pleased to offer complimentary auction estimates for your rare books, manuscripts and maps. Our unparalleled accessibility and responsiveness, coupled with a shared enthusiasm for history and the printed word, ensure complete client satisfaction and, above all, results. ABOVE

JAMES, JESSE Signed Albumen Print. Nashville: C. C. Giers, c. 1868-1875. Sold for $51,240. LEFT

CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. (MARK TWAIN) Original autograph manuscript draft, 38 pp., chapter XLII of A Tramp Abroad. [1880]. Sold for $79,300. RIGHT

FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT A significant collection of correspondence from Fitzgerald to William Hodapp. Sold for $34,160.

FINE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS Our regularly scheduled auctions feature a varied inventory of fine and rare books in all fields, including Americana, Early Printed Books, Natural History and Science, Travel, Exploration and Cartography, Literature, Fine Bindings, Livres d’Artiste, Historical Autographs and Manuscripts Archives. We approach each item with careful research and consideration and will accurately and thoroughly describe your items for a discerning audience of collectors worldwide.

We are A recognized industry leader

in the field of printed and manuscript Americana and Chicago history



This first edition of Lewis & Clark’s History of the Expedition sold for $46,360.


Vesalius, AndreaS De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem. Sold for $43,920.



Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Fine Books and Manuscripts Department is recognized as an industry leader in the field of printed and manuscript Americana and Chicago History. Recent highlights include a rare set of pre-fire lithographs from Jevne and Almini’s Chicago Illustrated, which sold for $20,740, a fine first edition, first printing of Lewis and Clark’s History of the Expedition… to the Sources of the Missouri, which sold for $46,360 against a presale estimate of $8,000-12,000, and a signed photograph of Jesse James, which sold for $51,240.

Our sales frequently highlight important color plate books and foundational academic works in all areas of Natural History, Medicine and the History of Science. Recent highlights of this exciting field include a second folio edition of Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem, which sold for $43,920, Francis Bauer’s Delineations of Exotick Plants Cultivated at the Royal Garden at Kew, which sold for $9,760, and two volumes from John James Audubon’s octavo edition of The Birds of America, which sold for $9,150 against a presale estimate of $3,000-5,000.

C ontinenta l B ooks and M anuscripts

Continental Books and Manuscripts include exceptional historical, religious, philosophical and literary works encompassing the history of book production prior to the modern age. Particular areas of interest include Books of Hours, Incunabula, and significant editions of Greek and Latin texts. Illuminated manuscripts and miniatures of exceptional quality are also represented.

Travel, Exploration and Cartography

Our 2010-2011 auction season saw incredible prices realized for maps and fine works in the fields of travel and exploration. Recent highlights include a rare first English edition of Gerard Mercator’s Atlas, which sold for $35,380, and two folio atlases from Captain James Cook’s second and third voyages, which sold for $7,320.

Books as Art

Fine Bindings include top quality works by renowned artists such as Sangorski and Sutcliffe, Zaehnsdorf, Riviere and Kelliegram, including the elaborate onlaid binding of this Alice In Wonderland. Illustrated books that include original works of fine art and Livres d’Artiste are also of great interest to collectors.




This first separate quarto edition of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth: A Tragedy. Acted at the Dukes Theatre sold for $29,280.

This Kelliegram-bound Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, sold for $9,760 against a presale estimate of $1,000-2,000.

This rare first English edition of Gerard Mercator’s Atlas sold for $35,380.

“With the future of the printed word being threatened by alternative outlets for readers, we have seen astonishing prices realized

for fine bindings and artist’s books.”

Mary Williams Director, Fine Books and Manuscripts

Autographs and Manuscripts

The Fine Books and Manuscripts Department has achieved record prices for manuscript archives and autographs of key historical, literary, political and artistic figures. We have been recognized globally by leading industry publications for our exceptional service and expertise. With fine autographed documents and manuscripts performing so strongly at auction, now is an ideal time to consign at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

PREMIUM SERVICE AND EXPERTISE The Fine Books and Manuscripts Department has been established as an industry leader through exceptional customer service, aggressive targeted marketing, expert cataloging and consistently strong sale results. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. We offer industry competitive commission rates and the highest caliber of client services for private individuals, estates and institutions, and customize the appraisal and consignment process by tailoring our services to meet your needs.


Dillinger, John Autographed letter from the Michigan City Jail. Sold for $60,400 to a private collector. RIGHT

This first edition, first printing of T. S. Eliot’s Prufrock, and Other Observations, was one of a fine collection of T. S. Eliot works consigned by the High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia, and sold for $8,540 in 2010. BELOW

This fine edition of Charles Garnier’s Le nouvel opera de Paris, was among the highlights of architecture books consigned by Prairie Avenue Bookshop in 2009 and sold for $9,760 against an estimate of $3,000-5,000.


We regularly provide institutions with confidential and comprehensive appraisals and auction services. We have had the privilege of working with prestigious organizations across the country, including The University of Chicago, Rockford College, The Museum of Science and Industry, Spertus Museum, The High Museum, The Cincinnati Historical Society, Milwaukee Art Museum and The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries of The Art Institute of Chicago. FOR TRUSTS AND ESTATES

The Fine Books and Manuscripts Department offers a full suite of confidential estate services, including appraisals of tangible property for federal estate tax, charitable donation, equitable distribution and insurance purposes.


Our Fine Books and Manuscripts auctions have been recognized online and in print by global news organizations such as Thomson Reuters, The Associated Press and CNN, regionally by The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Public Radio, and through respected trade publications such as Art News Daily, Fine Books and Collections, The Maine Antiques Digest, Book Source Magazine, Antique Week and others. We are uniquely positioned to market your property to our vast, international network of over 80,000 collectors, dealers and institutions to maximize prices realized.

• Fully illustrated catalogues are distributed to a carefully targeted selection of collectors, dealers and institutional buyers from around the world • Online catalogues are available at and other online catalogue and live bidding providers • Targeted advertising in major publications, both in print and online ABOVE


Picasso, Pablo Eaux-Fortes originales pour des texte de Buffon, Paris, 1942. Sold for $26,840.

Foujita, Leonard Book of Cats, New York, 1930. Sold for $34,160 against a presale estimate of $6,000-8,000.

• Pre-sale exhibitions are held four days prior to auctions for public viewing • Special events in our gallery, hosted both by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and private clients, are held during exhibitions to increase exposure to potential buyers

We customize the appraisal and consignment process by tailoring our services to EXCEED YOUR expectations

Commission Rates

We offer industry competitive commission rates and the highest caliber client services. Ways to Bid

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Competition encourages higher prices realized, and at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers clients can bid for your property:

We welcome the opportunity to provide assistance, advice, and a full range of appraisal and auction services.

• Live in our salesroom

1338 West Lake Street

• On the telephone

Chicago, Illinois 60607

• Absentee bids, which can be submitted in person, by fax or online

phone 312.280.1212

• In real-time online via LHLive and Live Auctioneers

fax 312.280.1211 1300 Third Street South Naples, Florida 34102 phone 239.643.4448


Lincoln, Abraham Complete Works, New York, 1905. The Presidential Edition. Sold for $15,860.

fax 239.643.1432

Jevne & Almini Chicago Illustrated. Chicago, 1866-1867. The most important source for the physical appearance of the city that the Great Fire destroyed. Sold for $20,200.


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