A Farewell and A Promise

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.


Giving a presentation in my first year or so at Bauman. Different time, different hairstyle.
Giving a presentation in my first year or so at Bauman. Different time, different hairstyle.

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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22 Comments Add yours

  1. Dennis T Cook says:

    Wow!!! I’ve loved our occasional messaging on Facebook, especially about learning that your parents are Ga Tech graduates. I hope we can continue that if you will remain on Facebook.

    I wish you the very best in your new adventure.

  2. Steve says:

    Hi, just want to wish you all the best on your new career and to thank you for broadening my literature interests.

    Have enjoyed your emails, postings and opinions (in and out of Pawn Stars).

    Be happy in all you do 🙂

  3. Good luck with everything! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got on the horizon!

    (Inadvertantly sent as a message, sorry! Didn’t mean to clutter your inbox!)

  4. Jennifer says:

    Best of wishes on your new adventure.
    I will, for sure, continue to follow your development as you allow through social media.
    Good luck and be blessed.

  5. Doug Bruner says:

    Glad to hear your life is expanding into new directions. I wish you the best, Rebecca!

  6. Girl we will miss you on Pawn Stars but glad you are going on in life. Trying to work full time and be a mom is hard. Hope your new opportunities will give you some flex time! Gob bless you and you gift of loving books. I was going to be in Vegas next month and come by your store! I passed by last year but was not able to see you.

  7. Patric Cosgrove says:

    Best of luck, Rebecca! I’m very interested in following your new adventures!

  8. dacableguy35 says:

    Lokking forward to what’s next.

  9. Best of luck Rebecca. I’ll miss seeing you on Pawn Stars. I know you’ll be great at whatever you do. Can’t wait to see what your new adventures are.

  10. Randy Sarles says:

    Will you still make an occasional appearance on Pawn Stars?

  11. Grimaldi says:

    Don’t worry.

    Like a Illuminated book, you are one of a kind and you have your own value.

    Do not look back.

  12. Good luck..count me in!…Dallas

  13. Michael says:

    As Thomas Jefferson said “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”

    Good luck in your new venture.

  14. cynthiamc1 says:

    Wishing you all the best in your new endeavors and please do keep in touch.

  15. Paul Schott says:

    Best of luck on the new adventure!! I’m sure it will be challenging and fascinating!

  16. oscar florez says:

    Muchos exitos en estos nuevos proyectos… Congratulations…

  17. Blessings to you. I look forward to seeing your success in the future.

  18. Eric Traska says:

    Good-luck…….often it’s good to challenge yourself…….

  19. Ed Wilkins says:

    Good luck

  20. Erick Aparicio says:

    I wish you the best of luck, Rebecca! Glad to hear we’ll still be seeing you on pawn stars. 🙂

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