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Manuscript Mondays – Contemporary Issues and Opportunities in Rare Book & Manuscript Collecting

Live, FreeLeon Kasner holding up item for auction Webinar

Monday, May 1, 2023 – 8:00 PM Eastern

 It is a big world out there! There are many places to purchase manuscripts and books. Brick and mortar locations, online, via auctions, independent dealers, virtual and live shows.  Options are almost endless. Each option is continually changing. What to do… where to go….

 Spencer Stuart and Brian Kathenes will share their research and thoughts on the current state of the book and manuscript collecting market.  With this latest market update, participants will better understand the big changes in the auction world and discover new collecting venues.

Following up on his article in Manuscripts (Volume 75, Number 1), Spencer W Stuart will share his research on the state of the rare book and manuscript auction activity through 2022 and 2023. Plus, he will address issues within the Trade that will impact private and institutional collecting into the future.

Brian Kathenes will provide participants with a selection of lesser-known auction venues. He will also reveal markets where collectors may find some pleasant surprises.


Spencer W. Stuart is an experienced Collections Advisor.  He works with new, expanding, mature collections throughout the world [ both in private and institutional]. Spencer’s work is focused on aiding in collection development, cataloguing, and deacquisition strategies.

He holds a master’s degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute in London, England (recipient of the Director’s Award). Upon graduation he took a position with Bonhams Auctioneers where he worked closely with the North American Rare Books and Manuscripts department in Toronto and New York.

Brian Kathenes is a Specialist Certified Appraiser of Autographs, Manuscripts, & Historical Documents, and the host & moderator of Manuscript Monday.

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