The Exceptional Literature Collection of
Theodore B. Baum

New York & Online | September 2021

The Exceptional Literature Collection of Theodore B. Baum will take place in two parts, live and online, at Christie’s New York this September. Part One will commence as a live sale on 14 September at 10am, comprising literature to 1900. Part Two will be online only from 2-17 September, featuring twentieth-century literature. Mr Baum's library of literary first editions is among the finest ever assembled and particularly strong in works by English and American authors—from Edmund Spenser and John Milton in the 16th & 17th centuries through Jonathan Swift (including the Berland copy of Gulliver's Travels), Jane Austen (including the Kern copy of Mansfield Park, in original boards from a lending library), Charlotte Brontë, and Charles Dickens in the 18th & 19th centuries, all the way to Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, and much more in the 20th century. The library, more than 500 volumes, was assembled by Mr Baum with love and care over the course of decades, as he worked with top dealers in the field to find the greatest copies of the most beloved books.


  • Austen, Jane (1775-1817)

    Mansfield Park : A Novel
    London: T. Egerton, 1814. The Jerome Kern copy.

  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft (1797-1851)

    Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus
    London: Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor and Jones, 1818.

  • Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

    Great Expectations
    London: Chapman and Hall, 1861.

  • Joyce, James (1882-1941)

    London: Grant Richards, 1914. Inscribed by Joyce to his publisher Crosby.

  • Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849)

    The Raven and Other Poems
    New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845.

  • Hammett, Dashiell (1894-1961)

    The Maltese Falcon. New York: Knopf, 1930.

Special publication

Catalogue: The Exceptional Literature Collection of Theodore B. Baum, Parts I & II

A sale catalogue has been published to accompany The Exceptional Literature Collection of Theodore B. Baum Parts I & II, available to download now. The lavishly illustrated catalogue celebrates Theodore B. Baum’s collecting and includes an essay by scholar Jordan Alexander Stein.

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