Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture, Rare Books

The Illustrative Processes: Etching

Etching falls under the intaglio and engraving category of printmaking, where the printing press applies great force to push ink into lines. Though an etching is an engraving, not all… Read more

Rare Books 101

Rare Books as Gifts

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…. Read More

Literature, Moderns

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

“Who is John Galt?” With this question, Ayn Rand began her final novel, Atlas Shrugged, one of the most controversial, influential, and bestselling books of the 20th century. It’s a… Read More

Civil War, History

General Grant and Mark Twain: The Story Behind Grant’s Memoirs

As changes in fortune go, the swings experienced by Ulysses S. Grant during the final chapters of his life are somewhat legendary.   From an early age Grant was preoccupied… Read More

Children's Lit

Beatrix Potter: Nature, Love and Success

Ducks, mice, kittens, and of course, rabbits. A menagerie of small creatures inhabits the pages of Beatrix Potter’s books.   As a young girl, she loved nature, feeling more at… Read More


Rare Acquisitions to Remember the Papal Visit

Here in Philadelphia, Bauman Rare Books’ hometown, a lot of people are still celebrating Pope Francis’ visit, which capped his first trip to the United States. The open-air mass he… Read More

Rare Books

5 Great Books to See in Las Vegas

  Currently on display is a presentation copy of the limited deluxe first edition of Ernest Shackleton’s Heart of the Antarctic and The Antarctic Book: signed by him and all… Read More

Literature, Rare Books 101

Collecting Camelot: Rare Arthurian Books, Part 2

  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… Read More

Literature, Rare Books 101

Collecting Camelot: Rare Arthurian Books

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… Read More

Rare Books 101

The Personal Library: Beach House

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… Read More

Literature, Moderns

Culture Beat: Highlights of the Harlem Renaissance

Looking to escape the summer heat? You can’t beat a blissfully cool day exploring MoMA’s current show, “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works.”   Jacob Lawrence’s masterful… Read More