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Friday, 23 January 2009

Big Bagel II

Two Meetings; One Club
Photographs, above, snapped in New York last Wednesday.
Top: A talk on a collection of Americana on sale at Bauman Rare Books, 535 Madison Avenue. Outstanding material. I was particularly attracted to an early New York State edition of Thomas Paine's Common Sense, which I believe most people know was first published in Philadelphia. (There's a Pennsylvania blue plaque noting the site in Old City). Bauman's copy runs $52,000. Thanks. But I'll make do with my edition, a Dover Thift Edition, purchased for $1. OK, plus tax, a tariff that most certainly would have had Tom despair, 'These are the times that try men's soul.'
Bauman, incidentally, is something akin to what Maggs is in London. Quite upscale, but not as snooty as Maggs. Tom woould have liked that, too. Bauman's head office is in Philadelphia.
Next: The American Museum of Natural History, maybe? Actually, it's the Harvard Club, on West 44th Street, off Fifth. But there is a connextion to the Museum. Many of the mounted game heads at the club were bagged by the noted sportsman Teddy Roosevelt. Whether these two specimens were nailed by Roosevelt, I don't know.
Next: Club scenes.
Next: The 209th Annual General Meeting of The St. George's Society of New York, held that evening at the club.
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