Booking it: Bauman Rare Books gives depth to mall

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Bauman Rare Books Library

Bauman Rare Books is a rare find indeed.

Located in the Shoppes at Palazzo and nestled between high-end clothing designers, Bauman Rare Books stands out as the not-so-token intellectual establishment.

The library-like feel can be a bit intimidating at first. But once inside, friendly and highly knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect book. The staff all have a backgrounds in literature. Most have degrees in library science or English.

When visiting, you are welcome to peruse through the store. If you want to view a book from behind a case, the staff will be happy to accommodate you.

On a recent visit, I had the privilege of viewing a paper signed, limited first edition of the four “Winnie the Pooh” books by A.A. Milne. Fully illustrated with original plate etchings, there are only 300 known copies of this edition. For $50,000, I can add the four books to my collection. I’ll think about it.

Bauman Rare Books also caters to a variety of budgets, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t afford an original Hemmingway. Bauman has books in its catalog for as little as $500. If you’re a literature buff or are just starting your collection of rare books, this could be a good way to start.

The literary haven is a magical place. It feels as if you’ve stepped out of the casino, out of the shopping mall, and into a world of possibility and imagination. Reach one arm out and you are touching a first edition of J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” reach the other arm out and you’re touching a copy of the United States Constitution.

Bauman Rare Books brings worlds together and adds a bit of history among the shiny new retail shops at the Palazzo.

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