Rare Book Monthly

Articles - June - 2005 Issue

Bauman Rare Books Moves to New Location

Sunbuilding

Bauman's new Philadelphia location


By Bruce McKinney

Bauman Rare Books recently moved its Philadelphia operations into the 19th floor penthouse suite at the Sun Oil Building which was completed in 1929. The building is located at 1608 Walnut Street, a stone's throw from Benjamin Franklin's printing office. The Baumans' top floor space was originally the private office of the president of Sun Oil. The space is unusual, rich in history and paneled - an appropriate setting for fine books.

Bauman Books, owned by David and Natalie Bauman, has been in business for 32 years. The company started, as many booksellers do, from home and in 1982 opened their first Philadelphia location. Since then they have developed a continuing New York presence, first at the Waldorf Astoria and more recently on Madison Avenue. The company specializes in Americana, history and literature, the history of ideas, first editions: the great landmark books in almost every field. The firm also maintains high quality collections in music, children's literature and photography. Inventories are maintained at both locations.

Many new customers who encounter Bauman Rare Books meet them on the internet. According to Brian Parkhill, over the next several months their web site https://www.baumanrarebooks.com/index.html will be undergoing significant updates. To an outside observer it's already quite good.

In Philadelphia, after sixteen years at 1215 Locust Street, they recently consolidated five floors of material occupying 9,000 sq. ft. into a single floor of 12,000 sq. ft. with views in every direction. Small cosmetic work continues but the space is now fully occupied. Because the space is 19 floors above the street Bauman's in Philadelphia is now more of a destination retailer. Casual walk-ins will inevitably be fewer and determined visitors hopefully more. Appointments are encouraged. In the history of Philadelphia bookselling change has been the constant.

New visitors encountering Baumans on the web will find their Showcase of Landmark Books particularly interesting. It contains important books across the entire spectrum of their holdings. Recently their Landmark Books included first editions of John Donne's Poems, the Four Pooh Books by A. A. Milne, John Burgoyne's "A State of the Expedition from Canada," George Anson's "A Voyage Round the World" and Carson McCullers "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter." There are in total 120 unusual and important items in the Landmark Books section and it is frequently updated. Currently more than 5,800 items are catalogued in their online database.

Natalie Bauman describes the firm as "a specialist in collection building" and encourages beginning and experienced collectors to consult them for advice. "Our collectors rely upon us for expert judgment. We have a team of experts that cover the spectrum of 'printed' collecting to help translate personal interests into well thought-out collections. For many, such stewardship is the essential ingredient in their decision to develop important collections." Find Baumans on-line at https://www.baumanrarebooks.com/index.html, call them in Philadelphia at 800-99-BAUMAN [1-800-992-2862] or visit one of their locations: 535 Madison Avenue [between 54th and 55th], New York or 1608 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>

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