Fine Books & Manuscripts Specialist - Chicago Auction House

 

Fine Book & Manuscript Specialist

 

Potter & Potter Auctions of Chicago is now accepting applications for a full-time specialist cataloguer of rare books and manuscripts. The primary focus of the position is to acquire, organize, catalog, evaluate, and prepare regular fine book & manuscript auctions.

 

The candidate should have a substantial working knowledge of and interest in rare books, and three to five years experience cataloguing books for sale, either at an auction house or for a rare book dealer. Strong English writing and language skills are required, and the candidate should have well-developed academic abilities and pay strict attention to detail. The candidate should also possess:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Art, or related field preferred
  • Exemplary communication skills, particularly client service skills, follow-up skills, and a strong sense of professionalism and discretion
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications
  • Industry-specific contacts

 

Responsibilities include acquisition of material, adherence to company style guide/standards, maintaining and classifying inventory, consignor and customer contact, and coordinating with other departments, conservators, etc. Familiarity with and regular use of pertinent reference sources is also required.

 

Other responsibilities include: meeting with consignors; responding to inquiries and provide condition reports; and providing estimates to potential consignors.

 

Applicants should provide a sample of previously cataloged items, and/or other writing samples. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes benefits.

 

Potter & Potter Auctions is a Chicago-based auction specializing in the sale of collectibles and antiques of all types, including paper Americana, vintage advertising, rare books, coin-op, playing cards, gambling memorabilia, vintage posters, prints and magicana.

 

 

 

Requirements
Skills & Qualifications: 

The candidate should have a substantial working knowledge of and interest in rare books, and three to five years experience cataloguing books for sale, either at an auction house or for a rare book dealer. Strong English writing and language skills are required, and the candidate should have well-developed academic abilities and pay strict attention to detail. The candidate should also possess:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Art, or related field preferred
  • Exemplary communication skills, particularly client service skills, follow-up skills, and a strong sense of professionalism and discretion
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications
  • Industry-specific contacts
To Apply: 

 

Potter & Potter Auctions

Attn: Gabe Fajuri

3759 N. Ravenswood Ave. Suite 121

Chicago, IL 60613

 

Or by Email to:

gabe@potterauctions.com

No phone calls or in-person visits, please.

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Gabe Fajuri
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone Number: 
7734721442
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