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Beautiful Books You Can't Afford

By Jess D'Amico in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 30, 2007 5:40PM

2007_10_anatomy.jpgThere is little we like more than an afternoon spent browsing through old books, even if we can't afford to buy any of them. Which is why we're planning on spending the next couple of days at the Leslie Hindman October Book Auction, featuring rare and extremely expensive books (like this Henry Gray Anatomy text, which is expected to sell for $4,000 to $6,000). Look for us as we polish our monocle while pretending to be able to afford anything. You can view the entire catalogue here.

The first session begins today at 12 p.m. and features Fine Books and Manuscripts, including several rare medical and anatomy books, a collection of Botany books from the Cincinnati Historical Society, and several art and artists’ books.

Halloween has two sessions. The first begins at 10 a.m. with a collection of entertainment and sports memorabilia, including Marlon Brando memoribilia, a rare Bob Dylan recording, and vintage Magic posters. A third session, the Marketplace Books and Manuscripts sale, begins at 1 p.m. This last session includes the lowest bracket of books, which is where we might have a chance at spending our paycheck.

If you do plan on going, make sure to check their buying guide for rules before you go.

Leslie Hindman Rare Book Auction. October 30 12 p.m. October 31 10 a.m. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. 122 North Aberdeen St.