Miniature books: 4,000 years of tiny treasures

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Abrams in association with Grolier Club, 2007 - Antiques & Collectibles - 215 pages
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"Miniature Books" is the first lavishly illustrated, authoritative book on the delightful subject of books no taller than three inches. A dazzling array of books on subjects ranging from Shakespeares plays and the Holy Bible to politics and presidents, childrens books, the pleasures of life, and more are shownwith few exceptionsat their actual size. Here is the prayer book that Anne Boleyn carried to her execution, seen open to its sole illustration, a portrait of Henry VIII. Here also are the worlds two smallest books (impossible to be sure which is tinier). There are books studded with gemstones, books that Napoleon carried with him on his campaigns, books illustrated by artists such as Picasso, Mir, and Edward Gorey. And there is a section dealing with the papers, printing, and binding of these tiny marvels. The text is lively and accessible, full of great stories and fascinating people. It will appeal to the experienced collector, but also to the one just starting out and to anyone who loves the look and feel of a good book.

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Miniature books: 4, 000 years of tiny treasures

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Rare-books dealer Bromer and Edison (editor,Miniature Book News ), a collector, have collaborated on what is clearly a labor of love. This beautifully made, gilt-edged volume, published in association ... Read full review

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The pictures are life-sized -- no kidding. These are teeny, tiny books. I tried to read the text, but it was not as fascinating as the photos themselves. Especially the picture of a life-sized hand ... Read full review


the art of the book 39
O drops of heavenly dew 67
a1 almanacs for daily living 91

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Julian I. Edison began his collecting career while still at Harvard College. He has been editor of "Miniature Book News" for more than forty years. He lives in St. Louis.

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