Bauman Rare Books Offers Unforgettable Holiday Gifts

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At a loss what to give the person who has it all? Look no further than Bauman Rare Books, one of the country’s top five rare book firms as named by Forbes in 2011. Bauman offers first editions, signed copies and autograph documents in a wide range of subjects and prices via its online catalog and at its galleries in New York City, Philadelphia and Las Vegas. The volumes, such as a first edition of Ian Fleming’s Diamonds are Forever, start under $500 and range to ultra-rare and desirable copies priced in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, such as a first edition of the 1493 history of the world, the Nuremberg Chronicle.

“Whether they were written 600 or six years ago, books encompass the very ideas, thoughts, discoveries and innovations that changed the world. Because of the digital age, the printed word and rare books are becoming increasingly more valued, and book collecting is a growing sport and passion for many,” said David Bauman, Bauman Rare Books proprietor and founder.”

Here’s a small sampling of Bauman’s 8,000-plus volume inventory, perfect for holiday giving:
The Ascent of Everest by John Hunt. 1953. First edition, boldly signed by Sir Edmund Hillary on the title page, with eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and a number of in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches. $1100.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. 1957. First edition of one of the most popular and influential novels of the last 50 years, handsomely bound. $1800.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. 1952. First edition of one of the most delightful and beloved children’s books, a cornerstone of any collection of modern children’s literature. $3600.

Child's Christmas in Wales by Thomas Dylan. 1955. First separate edition of Thomas’ beloved Christmas story. $550.
Dali: The Wines of Gala by Salvador Dali. 1978. First edition in English of this extravagant, lavishly illustrated book of wines and famous vineyards created by Dalí in honor of his wife Gala. $550.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. 1957. First edition of Seuss’ heartwarming celebration of true holiday spirit. $4000
Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies. 1947. First edition of this modern Christmas classic, published to coincide with the release of the famous movie, in scarce dust jacket. $1100.

Octopussy and The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming. 1966. First edition of the James Bond short stories “Octopussy” (in which a Fabergé egg holds the key to a nuclear attack on an American Air Force base) and “The Living Daylights” (in which 007 must organize the defection of a Soviet general). $450.

Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. 1952. First edition of Hemingway’s classic story of Santiago and his epic battle with the marlin and the sharks, winning him the Pulitzer Prize in 1952 and contributing to his award of the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature, in original dust jacket. $3500.

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant. 1885-86. Two volumes. First edition of “one of the most valuable writings by a military commander in history,” illustrated with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles, and 43 maps. In handsome publisher’s deluxe binding. $2500.

The Photographic History of the Civil War, Francis Trevelyan Miller, editor. 1911. Ten volumes. First edition set of Miller’s famous and important 10-volume photographic history of the Civil War, containing essays by 39 eminent authorities and “thousands of scenes photographed [between] 1861-65,” including the extensive Eldridge Collection of Mathew Brady Civil War photographs. $3000.

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe. 1979. First edition of Wolfe’s award-winning classic about America’s early manned space program, inscribed on the half title, accompanied by Wolfe’s characteristic flourishes. $800.
The Second World War by Winston Churchill. 1948-54. Six volumes. First English editions of Churchill’s WWII masterpiece, part history and part memoir, written after he lost reelection as Prime Minister, handsomely bound. $3500.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. 1995. Thirty-fifth Anniversary edition, signed by the author on the half title. $1750.
Yosemite and the Range of Light, Ansel Adams. 1979. First trade edition, first printing of Adams stellar photobook, boldly signed by him on the half title, containing 116 striking black-and-white photogravures, most full-page, in original dust jacket. $2000.

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. Nearly 40 years later, with the addition of some 40 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. 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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