Milwaukee, WI: Jo Anna Poehlmann, 1995. (14) pp. 2 3/16 x 2 3/16". LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies, this being #115. Stiff paper boards, accordion fold with ribbon tie, 17 postage stamps tipped in, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Poehlmann, 6)
A lovely book with stamps portraying the many faces of Santa Claus from many different countries.
12 Canons of Conduct (Founding Fathers' Rule Books series)
Salisbury, CT: Lime Rock Press, 1985. 2 1/8 x 2 1/2". 64 pp. Blue 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 23)
Thomas Jefferson frequently wrote to his 13 grandchildren but especially to his 9-year old granddaughter Cornelia Jefferson Randolph. He sent her a handwritten book called "A Dozen Canons of Conduct in Life", which is reproduced in this miniature. All of these canons are still applicable today, such as "Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold" or "When angry, count 10 before you speak; if very angry, 100".
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.
A Cherubic Capitulation
Portland, ME: Yellow Kid Press, 1969. (16) pp. 2 1/4 x 2 1/8", oblong; LIMITED FIRST EDITION of 35 copies, this being #2. Printed wrappers with illustrations, letterpress, illustrated throughout, slight 1/16" tear to the top of front and back cover, minor cover discoloration, hand numbered on the colophon, housed in plain envelope with author and title hand-written on it, in near fine condition. (Bradbury, Yellow Kid Press 6)
Very scarce copy of the first edition, this is a lovely little alphabet book with adorable cherubs playing within each initial, created by Stephenson, Blake & Co., England.
A Christmas Tree
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK: Silver Thimble Books, 1982. Unpaginated. Approximately 1 3/4 x 2 1/4". LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies plus reprints, of which this is a reprint. White cloth over boards with embroidered robin design and silver borders, illustrations throughout, clear plastic dust-jacket, housed in black paper-covered slipcase with printed paper label and ribbon pull, in fine condition.
Designed, illustrated, and published by Gordon Murray, the text is photo-reduced calligraphy. The text is an excerpt from Dickens' Household Words, 1850. Gordon Murray was a British television producer and puppeteer. He wrote and produced some of the most popular children's television programs aired in the United Kingdom. After retiring from television in 1982, Gordon produced and distributed more than sixty limited-edition miniature books under the Silver Thimble Books imprint.
A Fable of Earth
San Anselmo, CA: Feathered Serpent Press, 1976. (26) pp. 1 3/4 x 2 3/8"; LIMITED EDITION of 275 copies, this being #40. Blue marbled paper boards with printed title label, letterpress, hand-colored woodcut illustrations, signed (initialed) by the publisher on the colophon, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Feathered Serpent Press 1)
Although she often partnered with other miniature book publishers, this is her first book as the sole proprieter of her press. This is about a charming conversation between a toad and a ladybug with an existential twist at the end.
A Granjon Arabesque
Marcham, England: The Alembic Press, 1998. Approximately 2 1/2 x 2 3/4". 71 pp. First Edition. LIMITED EDITION of 140 copies. Decorated paper boards with printed labels, accordion fold-out sections, numerous black and white arabesque patterns, cast in 9/10 point Old Style by David Bolton, designed, printed, and bound by Claire Bolton, in fine condition.
Nearly all the Alembic Press's books are about, or illustrate, aspects of letterpress printing, type, illustration, or paper and bookbinding. This beautiful miniature explores Monotype Arabesque units 310-315. An arabesque is a "repeat decorative pattern that incorporates some life form such as leaves, birds or flowers." These patterns were thought to have been designed by Robert Granjon around 1565 in Antwerp.