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Rare Books 101

The Secret Language of Rare Books: Morocco

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… Read More

Rare Books 101

The Secret Language of Rare Books: Doublures

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… Read More

Literature, Rare Books 101, Videos

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… Read More

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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… Read More

Rare Books 101

Books are the Best Gifts. Here’s Why.

When an occasion arises that requires a gift, naturally my thoughts turn first toward books. They are highly personal. They have the capacity to change your life. This is why… Read More

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Guilty Pleasures in Book Collecting

Most book collectors begin without much knowledge of the others. The person who collects bibles stands right next to the person who collects Witchcraft and no dark vortex forms between… Read More

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They Got Their Hands Dirty: Five Authors Who Were Also Printers

  1. Benjamin Franklin   We’ll start with the easy one. Today most of us remember Franklin for his contributions to the founding of the United States and his scientific… Read More

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COLLECTING IN 3D: Stereoscopes and Stereoscopic Images

The Stereoscope, first invented in the 1830s, allows the illusion of two very slightly different images to appear as one. Producing Stereoscopes and Stereoscopic Images was good business, and quite… Read More

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture, Rare Books 101

Made to Measure: Rare and Collectable Swatch Books

Like great beauty, some of our books excel in that touch of the unexpected. These are books that shroud themselves in mystery by the very nature of their unrevealing bindings,… Read More

Literature, Moderns, Rare Books 101

Collecting First Novels

I’ve always thought first novels would make for a cool book collection.  Something about these books always seemed inspiring and maddening to me at the same time.  Read More