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Books, Maps & Manuscripts

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.

For more information about buying or selling Books, Maps & Mansucripts, please contact specialists Darren Winston and David Bloom

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The Pennsylvania Sale

Freeman’s is committed to the craftsmanship and artistry of our Commonwealth. As America’s oldest auction house, founded in Philadelphia in 1805, we celebrate the Quaker state’s legacy each November with The Pennsylvania Sale. This annual auction features an array of works made and used in Pennsylvania from the earliest Colonial period through the 20th century. Collectors will find historical manuscripts and documents, furniture, silver, folk and decorative arts as well as studio and contemporary design highlighted in this unique auction.

For more infomation about buying or selling works in The Pennsylvania Sale, please contact specialists Lynda Cain (Pennsylvania Furniture & Decorative Arts), Tim Andreadis (Pennsylvania 20th Century Design) or David Bloom (Pennsylvania Books, Maps & Mansucripts).