During setup on Friday, I was reminded once again that at the high end of the rare-book market, there is no genre snobbery. This year’s Bauman offerings include first editions of Kipling and Flaubert, a Le Morte d’Arthur illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley, and signed letters by Hemingway and Golda Meir (the latter typed in Hebrew), but also signed firsts of Starship Troopers and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (both sold within a few hours of yesterday’s opening) and William Shatner’s handwritten treatment for a Star Trek episode that was never produced (still available as of this posting). And then there’s my favorite item, an Apollo training manual signed by Buzz Aldrin, Fred Haise, and Tom Stafford:
I’d buy this myself, but at $2500 it’s just a little out of my price range. I did, however, burn a rather large hole in my wallet to obtain a pristine first American edition of the Codex Seraphinianus. Woot!