13 Virtues and Precepts (Founding Fathers' Rule Books series)
Salisbury, CT: Lime Rock Press, 1985. 2 1/8 x 2 1/2". 64 pp. Tan paper wrappers, black lettering on cover along with facsimile signature, illustrated portrait on rear cover, printed by offset lithography, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Lime Rock 21)
Reproduced portions of Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, this book demonstrates the 12 virtuous habits that Ben Franklin set out for himself as a young man. He practiced them daily. Later in life, a friend encouraged him to add "humility" as a 13th virtue and Ben did, although he said he didn't really perfect it, just the appearance of perfecting it. An inspirational read!
14 Rules of Civility (Founding Fathers' Rule Books series)
Salisbury, CT: Lime Rock Press, 1985. 2 1/8 x 2 1/2". 64 pp. Red paper wrappers, black lettering on cover along with facsimile signature, illustrated portrait on rear cover, printed by offset lithography, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Lime Rock 22)
Reproduced portions of George Washington's copybook, copied from Francis Hawkins' "Youth's Behaviour", this book demonstrates 14 of 110 items of advice written to young people. Much of this advice is still applicable today, such as "Be not hasty to believe flying reports to the disparagement of any one."
Boston: Anne & David Bromer, 1979.  pp. approx. 2 1/4 x 2 1/16", oblong. LIMITED EDITION of 125 copies, this being #87. Marbled wrap with title label over marbled cover with title label, 15 wood engravings,letterpress on Troya paper, signed by the artist on the colophon, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Bromer 5)
Sarah Chamberlain has illustrated books from Aesop’s Fables to Margarette Reid’s The Button Box. She studied under renowned printmakers and illustrators Barry Moser and Leonard Baskin, and from the 1970s to the 1980s ran the Chamberlain Press.
A Book is Made
London: British Federation of Master Printers, (1960). 31 pp. Approximately 1 3/4 x 1 1/8". Limitation not stated. White wrappers with gold lettering on front cover, one black and white illustration, printed by Jarrold & Sons, Norwich. A very good plus copy, somewhat scarce.
The interesting essay of a display organized by the British Federation of Master Printers on books and their publication.
Spartanburg, SC: Kitemaug Press, 1996. (27) pp. 3 x 2 1/4", oblong; LIMITED EDITION of 40 copies, this being #13. Purple boards, printed label on cover, letterpress, accordion fold opens up to 76 1/2 inches, hand-colored illustrations, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Kitemaug Press 84)
A lovely ABC book, with each page showing a hat corresponding to the alphabet. A few examples are N is for Night cap, S if for Stetson, and T is for Tam-o-shanter.
A History of the Holy Bible
Cincinnati: Published by [Wesley] Coleman and [William] Phillips. Morgan, Williams and Co., Printers., 1815. 1st Edition (Adomeit A34; American Imprints 34917; Bradbury, p. 63; Welch 861.2). Not in Rosenbach, nor Welsh. [2 (blank)], v,  - 167, [3 (blank)] pp. Divisional t.p., "History of the New Testament", p. 77. "Appendix" t.p., p. 135. "Psalms" t.p., p. 151. 2-1/2" x 1-1/2". Period brown full calf binding. Modest wear to binding, with boards a bit splayed. Some browning & ageing to paper, with the occasional short edge tear to a leaf [no text affected]. A Good - VG item.
The first miniature book published in Ohio, and quite rare in the trade. RBH records the last appearance as in a 1964 Midland catalogue [this copy?]
A Small Collection, Fauna/ Flora/ Fists/ Follies
Oxford, England: The Alembic Press, 1990 - 1992. Four volumes, each 1 1/2 x 2". Marbled paper over boards with various color cloth spines, titles on spine either in gilt or paper label, limited to 100 copies each, all numbered #70 on the colophon, letterpress, in fine condition with fine marbled paper slipcase.
Nearly all the Alembic Press's books are about, or illustrate, aspects of letterpress printing, type, illustration, or paper and bookbinding. A Small Collections of Fists (1990) shows various sizes and styles of fists that printers have used from early days to draw attention to certain texts. A Small Garden of Flora (1991) shows various printer's flowers from the Alembic Press collection. A Small Farm of Fauna (1992) show various animal letterpress blocks with a loose concern with endangered species. A Foible of Follies (1992) shows typographical blocks that have "proved so far to be of little or no practical use whatsoever." A beautiful set of books sure to please anyone.
A to Z in Filigree
San Rafael, CA: Feathered Serpent Press, 1982. (32 pp). Approximately 3/4 x 1/2". LIMITED EDITION of 295 copies, this being #51. Red leather with gilt designs on covers, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, miniature bookplate of Grace Broecker (a major collector of miniature books), miniature bookplate of Robert E. Massmann (publisher of books at REM Miniatures), a fine copy. (Bradbury, Feathered Serpent Press, 3)
A beautiful book, both inside and out. Contains filigree alphabet letters and two bookplates of people well-known in the miniature book trade.
ABC for Tiny Schools
Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1975. 11/16 x 9/16". Unpaginated. Brick red calf, spine titled in gilt, schoolhouse vignette on title page, each opening with a text on the verso illustrating the usage of the letter on the printed recto, signature with letters C and D loose, otherwise very good condition.
Scarce, limited edition of 200 copies, printed letterpress by William M. Cheney and bound by Bela Blau. "Of the fine printers of the Southern California Renaissance, Cheney is arguably the most unusual," wrote Bruce Whiteman. Bradbury, p. 47.
Salisbury, CT: Lime Rock Press, 1983. 2 3/8 x 2 1/8". 36 pp. LIMITED EDITION of 125 copies, this being #34. Blue cloth over boards with gilt title on cover, illustrated endpapers with illustrations throughout by Catryna Ten Eyck, signed by the illustrator and the binder on the colophon, bookstore ticket on rear endpaper, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Lime Rock 16)
A humorous account from Twain about Adam describing how Eve is introduced into the Garden of Eden. Eve is described as an annoying creature and Adam cannot figure out how a lot of things work. All ends well though with Adam falling in love with her.