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Stories About Books10.29.14

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Sherlock Holmes

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Watch a short film featuring Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark discussing the ups and downs Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endured while living with his most famous creation Sherlock Holmes.


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Stories About Books10.20.14

Spotlight: Blake’s “Visionary Heads” Drawing of Wat Tyler

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You can see what I do if you choose. Work up imagination to the state of vision, and the thing is done. –William Blake   Over the years we’ve had…


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Stories About Books10.7.14

Three Must-See Books in Our New York Gallery in Autumn 2014

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Visiting New York for the holiday season? Here are three of our favorite rare books on display at our gallery on Madison Avenue.   Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline…


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Stories About Books9.22.14

We Read Banned Books

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We all know that books burn—yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can…

Videos9.8.14

Book Talk with University of Iowa Special Collections

The University of Iowa Special Collections has produced four more wonderful videos from their visit to Bauman Rare Books in Las Vegas. The video featured above gives a deliciously close…

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Videos8.18.14

A visit from University of Iowa Special Collections

We had a special visit from the folks at the University of Iowa Special Collections last month during the Rare Books and Manuscripts Preconference of the ALA. University of Iowa’s…

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Stories About Books6.19.14

Three Must-See Books at the Las Vegas Gallery this July

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The 1808 edition of Robert Blair’s The Grave—the first to be illustrated by William Blake Less than 600 copies were printed of this work that contains 12 plates by William…

Videos5.27.14

The Story Behind The History of The Indian Tribes of North America

Watch this short film featuring Rebecca Romney, Manager, Bauman Rare Books, Las Vegas and the story behind the creation of one of the most famous illustrated histories by Thomas McKenney…

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Stories About Books5.6.14

The Story Behind Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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In January of 1851, a 40 year old homemaker and mother of six received $300 from a Washington D.C. newspaper to write a short antislavery narrative. Staying up nights after…


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Stories About Books4.29.14

5 Shakespeare Editions We Love

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It may seem strange that the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s works did not appear until seven years after his death, and that 17 of the 36 plays had never…