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Rare Books in the Press - The Wall Street Journal About Bauman's Latest Catalogue "100 Great Books and Autographs"

"There's hardcore porn and softcore porn, and then there's the Bauman Rare Books catalog, which lands on my doorstep several times a year. If your heart races at the contours of a first edition of 'The Great Gatsby', with the almost impossible to find dust jacket, or an autographed copy of Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," then the Bauman catalog is the equivalent of Playboy, Penthouse and maybe the New York Review of Books all rolled into one."

Published on 02 March 2011

"There's hardcore porn and softcore porn, and then there's the Bauman Rare Books catalog, which lands on my doorstep several times a year. If your heart races at the contours of a first edition of 'The Great Gatsby', with the almost impossible to find dust jacket, or an autographed copy of Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," then the Bauman catalog is the equivalent of Playboy, Penthouse and maybe the New York Review of Books all rolled into one. But Bauman, which has an atmospheric gallery on Madison Avenue and 54th Street that looks like Henry Higgins' library, with books soaring to the ceiling, may have outdone itself this time. Its latest catalog is titled '100 Great Books and Autographs' and includes such nuggets as the Federalist Papers, two volumes bound in one and in "contemporary full sheep, custom chemise and full morocco clamshell box." No need to concern yourself if you have no idea what they're talking about, but to book lovers that's basically equivalent to what Annette Bening's glittery Naeem Khan gown or Cate Blanchett's Givenchy couture at this year's Oscars is to fashionistas."

>>> The Rarest of Pleasures, by Ralph Gardner in The Wall Street Journal, March 1, 2011

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