Rare Book Monthly

Articles - June - 2005 Issue

Bauman Rare Books Moves to New Location

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.

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  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Manuscript Masterpieces from the Schøyen Collection
    London auction, 11 June
    BROWSE NOW
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Holkham Hebrew Bible. In Hebrew, decorated manuscript on vellum [Toledo, 2nd quarter 13th century]. £1,500,000–3,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Crosby-Schøyen Codex. In Coptic, manuscript on papyrus [Upper Egypt, middle 3rd century / 4th century]. £2,000,000–3,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Geraardsbergen Bible. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Southern Netherlands, late 12th century]. £700,000–1,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now : Jean de Courcy (fl. 1420). The Chronique de la Bouquechardiere. In French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1480]. £200,000–300,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The ‘Catherine de Medici’ Hours. In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1485]. £120,000–180,000
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Potter (Beatrix). Complete set of four original illustrations for the nursery rhyme, 'This pig went to market', 1890s. £60,000 to £80,000.
    Forum, May 30: Dante Alighieri.- Lactantius (Lucius Coelius Firmianus). Opera, second edition, Rome, 1468. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, May 30: Distilling.- Brunschwig (Hieronymus). Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis, first edition of the so-called 'Grosses Destillierbuch', Strassburg, 1512. £22,000 to £28,000.
    Forum, May 30: Eliot (T.S.), W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, & others. A Personal Anthology for Eric Walter White, 60 autograph poems. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum, May 30: Cornerstone of French Enlightenment Philosophy.- Helvetius (Claude Adrien). De l'Esprit, true first issue "A" of the suppressed first edition, Paris, 1758. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Szyk (Arthur). The Haggadah, one of 125 copies, this out-of-series, Beaconsfield Press, 1940. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Fleming (Ian). Casino Royale, first edition, first impression, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Japan.- Ryusui (Katsuma). Umi no Sachi [Wealth of the Sea], 2 vol., Tokyo, 1762. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Computing.- Operating and maintenance manual for the BINAC binary automatic computer built for Northrop Aircraft Corporation 1949, Philadelphia, 1949. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Burmese School (probably circa 1870s). Folding manuscript, or parabaik, from the Court Workshop at the Royal Court at Manadaly, Burma, [c.1870s]. £8,000 to £12,000.

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