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Culture BeatRare Books 7.28.15
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Culture Beat: Highlights of the Harlem Renaissance

Looking to escape the summer heat? You can’t beat a blissfully cool day exploring MoMA’s current show, “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works.”   Jacob Lawrence’s masterful…


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Stories About Books7.21.15

Greater than Gatsby? Why Tender is the Night might be Fitzgerald’s “intended masterpiece.”

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The sick and tired adages regarding the relationship between art and the artist are rarely more evident and appropriate than in the curious case of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his…


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Stories About Books7.7.15

The Writer, the Painter, and the Department Store Tycoon

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In 1929, George Macy (of department store fame) founded the Limited Editions Club press for the purpose of publishing beautiful livres d’artiste.  Artist’s books, which became especially popular in the…


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Rare Books 1017.1.15

The Private Library: The Living Room

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We are often asked at Bauman Rare Books if we think there is a future for material books. Answer: Yes! If you build your OWN library. The more people who…


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Miniseries6.25.15

How English Became English: Caxton to Johnson

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Welcome to “Culture Beat,” a new series inspired by current events and exhibitions around New York City. Check out these shows while you’re in town, and then continue the conversation…


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Rare Books 1016.9.15

Collecting Rare Science Fiction: The Modern Age

A first edition, 1961, of Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (BRB 100475)

During the Golden Age of science fiction (or “sf”), the genre set it sights on exploring starry frontiers and seemingly infinitely expanding futures. But when the atomic bomb brought World…


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Rare Books 1016.4.15

Collecting Rare Science Fiction: The Golden Age

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Isaac Asimov said, “Science fiction stories are extraordinary voyages into any of the infinite supply of conceivable futures.” During the Golden Age of science fiction (sf), roughly the 1930s-1950s, those futures…


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Rare Books 1016.2.15

Collecting Rare Science Fiction: Genesis of a Genre

A first edition copy, 1898, presented to Wells' close friend and scientific adviser (BRB 104577)

I’ll let you in on a secret. We sell more than rare books.   We sell time travel.   Sure, scientists will tell you time travel can’t happen. But bibliophiles…


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Stories About Books5.26.15

Babbitt: The Single Book that Explains American Life

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In the midst of a stultified seminar, a somewhat exasperated professor posited the following question to me and my weary-eyed cohorts. “If you had to pick a single book to…

Videos5.13.15

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Illustrating the Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare by John Boydell

Watch a short film narrated by Laura Minor on the 1803 elephant folio issue of this work, which features key scenes from the plays created by the most eminent English…

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The Secret Language of Rare Books5.5.15

The Secret Language of Rare Books: Cosway-Style Bindings

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Does the specialized vocabulary of rare book descriptions read like a secret language to you? In this series we will unveil the meanings behind a few of the more unusual and interesting…