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Event Date14 September 10:00 AM EDT | Live auction 19151

The Exceptional Literature Collection of Theodore B. Baum

New York
The Exceptional Literature Collection of Theodore B. Baum

Sale Overview

The Exceptional Literature Collection of Theodore B. Baum will take place at Christie’s New York this September. 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 Spencer 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.


9-13 September - Rockefeller Center Galleries

10-14 July - Highlights only, King Street


Auction times
14 Sep 10:00 AM (EDT)

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Heather Weintraub

Heather Weintraub

Specialist, Books, Manuscripts, & Archives | Books & Manuscripts

After spending several years working for a well-known Manhattan rare book dealer specializing in literary archives and 19th- and 20th-century British and American literature, Heather joined Christie's in 2017. She quickly fell in love with working at auction and has already contributed to two record-breaking sales that reflect her wide-ranging interests and versatility as a specialist: Albert Einstein: The God Letter ($2,892,500, December 2018) and the New York Books & Manuscripts department's first online sale, Write Me and Tell Me Your Heart: Leonard Cohen's Letters to Marianne (100% sold, $876,000, June 2019).

Heather has over a decade of experience in the field of rare books and manuscripts. She holds an A.B. in English from Vassar College, where she concentrated in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. After Vassar, she cut her teeth in the hallowed halls of the Strand as cataloguer and buyer in the Rare Book Room before pursuing an M.L.S. from Pratt Institute with a certificate in Archives and a concentration in Special Collections. During that time studied descriptive bibliography at Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and spent a semester as a graduate intern in the Rare Books Division of the New York Public Library.

A bibliophile since childhood, Heather collects books-on-books and is a member of both the Grolier Club and the Bibliographical Society of America.

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