July 2016 Catalogue
Creatoras creatores. Creatures who create, that is what we are. And at our best, we achieve heights of towering intellect, beauty and imagination. At Bauman Rare Books it is empowering and humbling to find and hold such works for a time. It is our constant joy and honor to preserve them and to share them with you.
Pictured: Belzoni's Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries...in Egypt and Nubia, with: Plates Illustrative (Page 100), A History of the Amistad Captives (Page 44), The Lithographs of Chagall (Page 95), Priestly's History and Present State of Electricity (Page 25), and Hamilton's Oration on the Boston Massacre (Page 36).
Jacques Nam’s Chats, Paris, circa 1935-38
This copy with a large additional original watercolor painting inscribed and signed by Nam. First edition, one of only 25 on Imperial Japon paper, with five original signed lithographic aquatints of cats, an inscribed and signed charcoal and watercolor drawing on the half title, and multiple original watercolors of cats in the margins of each text leaf.
Staunton’s 1797 Account of the British Embassy to China
With the rare Atlas volume to this historic account of Chinese culture, including nine large folding charts, among the earliest to accurately map China’s interior.
"So Prodigious An Intellect, Such A Trove Of Talents, So Insatiable A Curiosity"
Emile Prisse D'Avenne's 1848 Oriental Album
With 30 magnificent folio tinted lithographs, finished by hand, of Egyptian costumes.
"Work Up Imagination to the State of the Vision, and the Thing is Done"
Extraordinary pencil drawing by William Blake from his famous "Missionary Heads" series, depicting Wat Tyler, leaer of the 1381 Peasants' Revolt, inscribed by John Varley, Blake's close friend and companion, identifying the subject and date of composition, October 30, 1819, at 1 a.m. This is one of the earliest of Blake's dated "Visionary Heads" drawings.