Bauman Rare Books Honors Banned Books Week

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The renowned antiquarian book dealer presents a special Banned Books exhibit, featuring rare and inscribed copies of controversial works that have received worldwide acclaim.

Bauman Rare Books is joining hundreds of bookstores and libraries around the country in the 2011 Banned Books Week celebration. The 30th annual event runs from September 24-October 1, celebrating freedom of speech and drawing attention to issues of censorship.

In addition to Bauman Rare Books’ vast inventory of rare first-edition copies of banned books, the renowned antiquarian book dealer presents a special Banned Books exhibit at its Madison Avenue location. The visual display features rare and inscribed copies of controversial works that have received worldwide acclaim. The exhibit continues through October 8.

Bauman Rare Books’ collection includes valuable editions of books once banned or challenged, many inscribed by the author. Sample selections include:

  •     Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 1998. First edition of the second book in the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series, inscribed on the the dedication page by the author, “To Martin, J.K. Rowling.” $13,500.
  •     Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. 1982. First edition of Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, signed by her. $1650.
  •     Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. 1970. First edition of this Nobel Prize-winner’s scarce first book, “an eloquent indictment of some of the more subtle forms of racism in American society,” inscribed to renowned book collector Rolland Comstock: “For Rolland Comstock, Regards, Toni Morrison.” $9500.
  •     Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. 1951. First edition of Salinger’s first book—the now-classic novel that defined the voice of young America for a generation—in first-issue dust jacket with photograph of the author on the back panel. $12,000.
  •     Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. 1940. First edition, inscribed to the wife of Hemingway’s hematologist, whom he saw while he was under treatment at the Mayo Clinic in 1961 for bipolar disorder just prior to his tragic suicide: “To Muriel H. Burns with all good wishes Ernest Hemingway.” $13,500.
  •     Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. 1939. First edition, first issue, of Steinbeck’s most important novel, his searing masterpiece of moral outrage and “intense humanity,” winner of the 1939 Pulitzer Prize. $7500.
  •     Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade). 1885. First edition, first issue, of “the most praised and most condemned 19th-century American work of fiction” (Legacies of Genius, 47), with 174 illustrations by Edward Kemble. $15,000.

View Bauman Rare Books’ special Banned Books catalogue for additional selections and details.

David and Natalie Bauman began their company in 1973 with their first investment in a box of 18th-century imprints, a love of literature and history, and a sense that this could be an interesting way to make a living. More than 36 years later, with the addition of some 45 dedicated and talented researchers, salespersons, and creative personnel, Bauman Rare Books has evolved into one of the finest and most respected antiquarian book firms in existence today. With locations in three great cities—Madison Avenue in New York; Center City in Philadelphia; and The Shoppes at The Palazzo in Las Vegas —the company is distinguished by its extraordinary inventory, meticulous research and exceptional customer service. Bauman has worked with both individual and corporate collectors to build some of the most extensive and impressive rare book collections in America today.


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