Devon Eastland is Swann Galleries' Senior Specialist of early printed books, having joined Swann in early 2020. Devon has three decades of experience as a bookseller—in 1992 she began a bookselling business that focused on books printed before 1700, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2012, Devon began working in the auction world at Skinner, as Director of the Book Department, handling a variety of material. She appeared as a guest appraiser on the 2019 season of Antiques Roadshow, and is also an auctioneer.
Devon became interested in early books during college. A philosophy major, she also studied Medieval manuscripts, early printing, graphic processes, and descriptive bibliography at the Houghton Library, and letterpress printing at the Bow and Arrow Press. She also practiced bookbinding and the restoration of leather bindings at the same time. As a bookbinder, she has been in practice for thirty years. She has produced custom and period-correct books for films, including Greta Gerwig’s production of Little Women, appearing onscreen in the bookbinding sequences in the film.
Devon is also the proud mother of two college-aged daughters. She is very excited to begin a new chapter as senior specialist of early books at Swann Galleries.