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Rare Books 101

Rare Books as Gifts

  • Nov 19, 2015

Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world….
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Collecting Camelot: Rare Arthurian Books, Part 2

  • Sep 1, 2015

  Someday, I’d like to play King Arthur in a production of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot. I long ago memorized all of Arthur’s songs and a lot of his dialogue—including…
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Collecting Camelot: Rare Arthurian Books

  • Aug 26, 2015

When I visited Walt Disney World, one thing I really wanted to do was tug at the Sword in the Stone, right next to the Fantasyland carousel. I’d heard the…
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The Personal Library: Beach House

  • Aug 11, 2015

The Jersey Shore was my beach. If you can imagine New Jersey as a woman sitting with her legs crossed, I grew up where the calves are. We chased the…
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The Private Library: The Living Room

  • Jul 1, 2015

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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Collecting Rare Science Fiction: The Modern Age

  • Jun 9, 2015

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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Collecting Rare Science Fiction: The Golden Age

  • Jun 4, 2015

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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Collecting Rare Science Fiction: Genesis of a Genre

  • Jun 2, 2015

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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Collecting rare books and autographs of American Presidents

  • Jan 27, 2015

If you love American history, you may find a particular joy in collecting rare books related to the nation’s presidents. For many, the presidency holds an exceptional fascination as a…
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Giving and Collecting Rare Children’s Books: 20th Century

  • Dec 18, 2014

The previous post featured classic children’s books from the 19th century by Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Carlo Collodi, and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Now…
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