Books & Manuscripts
Freeman's dedicated team of specialists in the Books & Manuscripts Department has established an international reputation for their many notable sales at our Philadelphia-based auction house and through our website, becoming a leader of online auctions for buying and selling books and manuscripts. Their knowledge of the subject and of the current market have become essential to the overall successful sale of fine antiquarian books, first editions, rare folios, hand-written scores by famous composers, and notable autographs.
A book sale was Freeman’s first significant auction upon its opening in 1805. As the first “purpose-built” auction house in the United States, Freeman’s Books, Maps & Manuscripts Department enjoys the privilege of continuing this tradition in the welcoming environment of its current location (since 1924) on Chestnut Street in the heart of Philadelphia. Our team of experts, led by Department Head David Bloom, provides quality of service that remains unchanged since its opening over 200 years ago.
Freeman’s Books & Manuscripts Department has secured its reputation for thorough cataloguing and remarkable technique through the success of sales such as The David Wolman Collection of Classical Music and the Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary Library Collection. From early Islamic and Christian manuscripts to the letters of American presidents and notable persons in every field, including scores of classical music composers. From the earliest printed books, to modern first editions, private press, illustrated and children’s books, landmarks of science and medicine, travel and exploration, including manuscript, engraved and lithographic maps, and works reflective of American and world history, historical, architectural and natural history prints--are all mere touchstones in the world of cultural possibilities we embrace with our clients.
Freeman’s offers sales of Books & Manuscripts three times each year in our Books, Maps & Manuscripts auctions as well as the annual Pennsylvania Sale. For more information about buying or selling in an upcoming auction, please contact one of our Specialists to make your appointment for a private complimentary consultation.