November 29th | Rare Books, Prints, and Autographs

November 29th | Rare Books, Prints, and Autographs

Tuesday, November 29th 12:00PM EST

Quinn’s Auction Galleries is pleased to present an auction of rare books, antique maps, and Americana.

The sale features over 450 rare and signed books, maps, and autographs. These include items such as two Presidential signing pens, signatures of the presidents from Nixon to Joe Biden, the Rehnquist Supreme Court, and a copy of the Faden Map of New York from 1776. We also feature two photographs of Alexandra Feodorovna, both signed by her with one of her son the late Alexei, also with his signature from the official Imperial Photographers of the Russian Royal Family.

Books include early printings, fine bindings, First editions, and books signed by Robert Frost, a complete set of the Christmas Books by Dickens, handsomely bound. The auction also contains a 1500 incunable of Regulae Monasticorum in original pigskin vellum as well as several illuminated leaves. Other auction highlights include a very fine issue of the first American stamp produced: The 1851 Benjamin Franklin 1c Blue, Type Ib (5A). Position 8R1E.

Quinn’s is also excited to offer the library of such an influential figure in the conservation movement that has, and will continue to change the world. Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, known as the Godfather of Biodiversity, after he coined the term, was a pioneer in the conservation movement and a central figure in the effort to preserve the Amazon Rainforest since the 1960’s. A Yale-educated tropical biologist and conservationist, Dr. Lovejoy dedicated his life to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest, bringing the attention it needed as one of the first biological conservationists, marrying science and policy, in his field. Dr. Lovejoy’s passion for the tropics extended to his library where he collected an number of extraordinary books on adventure, travel, and science. His collection spans from Acosta First Edition describing the Americas in 1589 to Maximillian expedition to Brazil in the late 1810s. We are proud to present a large collection of rare Brasiliana, Exploration and Ornithology books.

Preview available by appointment only beginning November 16th, from 11-4 PM. 
We will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th for Thanksgiving. If you do not have an appointment you will not be allowed to enter the gallery to preview. If you would like to make an appointment, request a condition report/additional photos, or have questions please contact

Live Online Bidding available via & Absentee Bidding via Quinn’s website. Phone Bidding Registration is open.

No in-house shipping. Please contact us for a list of third-party shippers.

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Rare Books & Prints

Quinn’s Books, Prints and Maps division specializes in fine & rare books, maps, autographs & manuscripts & other ephemera.

360 S. Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia, 22046
Tel: (703) 532-5632