Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture, Rare Books

The Weird and the Wonderful: Metropolitan Opera Fine Art

Less a book than a portfolio of rare art prints, this collection of limited edition poster prints–each one of just 25–displays the innovative poster art created for the Metropolitan Opera…. Read more

19th Century, Literature

The Story: Walt Whitman’s First Edition Leaves of Grass

One of the world’s most important books of poetry may never have been published if the poet had not been a printer himself. I speak of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass,… Read More

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture

Walker Evans: American Photographs

Travelling the land of the free, Walker Evans released photography in America from a cultural lockdown. By training his eye on the effects of the Depression era, he redrew the… Read More

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture

E.A. Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, illustrated by Harry Clarke

I’ve always had a hazy kind of affection for Edgar Allan Poe. His stories are strange and rich; his poems are satisfyingly moody. (He was also my middle school’s namesake… Read More

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture

Bill Brandt: A Night in London

Viewing the images in Bill Brandt’s A Night in London reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. As I turn the pages, I am transported to foggy nights in the capital city,… Read More

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture

Gustave Doré: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

In the mid- to late-19th century, there emerged a publishing practice of “gift books.”  These editions were elaborately bound and often extensively illustrated.  Usually published in the fall – with… Read More

Rare Books, Videos

Happy Father’s Day

Rebecca Romney, Manager of the Las Vegas Gallery of Bauman Rare Books with a story about Cormac McCarthy, The Road and fatherhood. Read More

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture

Delicate Nocturnal Moments

After seeing the dark mystery and intrigue to be had in Paris at night in the thirties, Brassaï took it upon himself to leave no source of light or reflection… Read More

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture

Chris Van Allsburg’s Sleight of Hand

More than 25 years ago, a stranger named Harris Burdick entered the offices of a well-respected children’s book editor named Peter Wenders. Burdick explained that he had written 14 stories,… Read More

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture

Caught in the Act

With photography, as with many trades, it is often beneficial to have been trained in some other medium first. The ability to see things from a different perspective often stimulates… Read More

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture

Kay Nielsen’s East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Nearly all fairy tales start the same way: Once upon a time.  There are plenty of variations on this theme, of course. Personally, I like: In a time when wishing still… Read More