Detail face image from the Copper engraving from the expanded second edition of Hanmer's illustrated Works of Shakespeare
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

first edition cat in the hat

Children's Lit

Giving and Collecting Rare Children’s Books: 20th Century

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… Read More

First editions of The Jungle Books

Children's Lit

Giving and Collecting Rare Children’s Books: 19th Century

Children’s books are one of the most popular subjects for giving and collecting rare books. Who can resist the charms of the memorable stories and characters from the classic works… Read More

First edition of Churchill’s The Great War

Great Leaders

Giving and Collecting Rare Books by 20th-Century Leaders

Rare books and autographs of important 20th century political, military, and civil rights leaders are a perennial favorite for collecting and gifts. This post will guide you through a selection… Read More

page from 1793 edition of Smith’s Wealth of Nations


Giving and Collecting Rare Books on Economics

Many of our clients purchase rare books on economics and finance as holiday gifts or for their own collections. If you aren’t sure where to start or are looking for… Read More

frankenstein page cover

19th Century, Literature

The Story Behind Frankenstein; Or the Modern Prometheus

A stormy evening closes in on a villa not far from Lake Geneva. The group of friends gathered there read ghost stories to pass the time. Inspired by these tales… Read More

memoirs of sherlock holmes set

19th Century, Literature, Videos

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Sherlock Holmes

Watch a short film featuring Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark discussing the ups and downs Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endured while living with his most famous creation Sherlock Holmes. Read More

framed william blake sketch

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture

Spotlight: Blake’s “Visionary Heads” Drawing of Wat Tyler

You can see what I do if you choose. Work up imagination to the state of vision, and the thing is done. –William Blake Read More

1922 first edition of Ulysses


We Read Banned Books

We all know that books burn—yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can… 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

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture, Rare Books 101, Videos

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