After the better part of a decade at Bauman Rare Books, it is time to say farewell.
Without Bauman, I truly don’t know where I would be today. I was exceptionally young, nearly fresh out of college, when I stumbled upon them. In my understanding of that suspicious concept, adulthood, I didn’t even realize there was a real profession where I could handle some of the greatest artifacts our civilization has produced.
Bauman Rare Books introduced me to that world. David and Natalie Bauman, as well as a number of extravagantly knowledgeable and accomplished colleagues, guided me through Narnia. Me, the curious reader who accidentally stepped through the wardrobe. I will always be grateful for that.
However, in recent years, I’ve been expanding my professional life into other projects that require a level of time and flexibility that would be unfair of me to require of Bauman. My life has taken so many unexpected turns that I’ve given up trying to predict where I will be a year from now.
I have some exciting new projects on the horizon, and that’s where the promise comes in. I suppose it’s more of a teaser, since I won’t reveal too much here and now. But, suffice to say, you’re going to be hearing a lot more from me. (And, no, it’s not another reality show. Spoiler alert: it’s a book.) More details to come, so please subscribe to receive updates right below the comments section if you are interested.
If you want to talk at all about rare books—collecting, selling, getting involved in the community—please do still contact me. I know the value of a guide and fellow companion in Narnia. I have many contacts in the rare book world and it’s likely I’ll be able to help you.
Please use the form below to contact me, since I will no longer have an email address at Bauman as of 29 January, 2016.
Besides rare books, you’ll be seeing me pop up in the general book community more. If you’d like to engage my services for public speaking engagements or other projects, I’m happy to discuss.
I could be nervous leaving what I know and embarking into forests dark and deep. But instead, I feel hints of what it must have felt like for Alexander von Humboldt, Richard Burton, or George Catlin. I am about to explore the staggering beauty of the unknown, the endless potential of the world.
All my best,
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