How does one end up in the antiquarian book business? We hear that question often. David and Natalie Bauman began our company in 1973 with their first investment in a box of 18th-century imprints, a love of literature and history, and a sense that this could be an interesting way to make a living. Nearly thirty-five years later, with the addition of some forty dedicated and talented researchers, salespersons, creative personnel and office associates, Bauman Rare Books has evolved into one of the finest and most respected antiquarian book firms in existence today.
In 1989 we opened our first New York gallery at the Waldorf-Astoria, where we were located for over ten years. Many New Yorkers remember us from our time at the Waldorf, and our presence there, as well as our regular ads featured in the New York Times Book Review, first put us on the map.
In 1999 we expanded to our current New York gallery
on Madison Avenue, located between 54th and 55th Streets. There we exhibit an extraordinary selection of rare books, autographs, maps and prints in every imaginable subject area, dating from the 15th through the 20th centuries. The seasoned sales staff at our Madison gallery (who have built a number of impressive collections for their clients in the past nine years) can provide anyone with a superb introduction to rare book collecting.
Our offices are located in Philadelphia at the historic Sun-Oil Building on Walnut Street.
This is our central location, the hub of the company; it houses our research staff, our catalogue production department, and our catalogue sales division and advertising. Visitors are welcome there by appointment.
In February of 2008 we opened our third location, a gallery in the Palazzo in Las Vegas
, which replicates our Madison Avenue gallery in design, inventory and exceptional customer service, but provides the added dimension of being open over twelve hours a day, seven days a week, and has the distinction of being perhaps the only place in the world where you can purchase a Shakespeare folio at 10:30 on a Saturday night.
When we try to pinpoint what really distinguishes our company, we come up with one factor over and over again: dedication to our clients. Our relationships don’t last for a month or two; many of our clients are with us for years, as we build their collections book by book together. From the time you contact us by telephone or email or visit us at one of our galleries, you will have the attention of a consultant who will work closely with you on an ongoing basis, advising you on every aspect of your collection.
Whatever your interests—literary classics, landmarks in the history of ideas, monumental accounts of travel and exploration, revolutionary scientific and medical works, exquisite decorative bindings and sets, beloved children’s books, inscribed and association copies—we have much to offer from our extensive and constantly changing inventory.
We are delighted to answer your questions and advise you on how to begin a collection or expand the one you already have. Our enthusiasm for books is real: the privilege of offering a first edition of Melville’s Moby Dick
or an inscribed copy of Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea
never loses its magic. We take immense pride in the collections we have helped build over the years because we really do share our clients’ passion for collecting, and for us as well as them, there is a thrill in finding the next great book.