Adlai: The Wit and Wisdom of Adlai Ewing Stevenson
Sausalito, CA: Castle Baird Press, 1993. 32 pp. Approximately 2 x 2 1/2 ". LIMITED EDITION of 75 copies, this being #8. Printed paper boards with design and lettering by Susan Acker and Mary McDermott at the Feathered Serpent Press, printed endpapers with the United Nations emblem repeated, US Postage stamp of Adlai Stevenson tipped in at front, Doonesbury cartoon by Gary Trudeau folded in, miniature bookplate of well-known scholar and miniature book collector Kalman Levitan (also the founder and first president of the Miniature Book Society) on front paste-down endpaper, signed by both the author and publishers, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Castle Baird 3)
A brief but compassionate bio about Adlai Stevenson II (1900 - 1965), a Governor of Illinois, a U.S. Presidential Candidate, and a U.N. Ambassador. levitan
Portsmouth, OH: Gilguy Press, 1994. 16 pp. Approximately 2 x 2 5/8". LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies, this being #6. Patterned cloth over boards with silver label on front cover, letterpress, signed on the colophon by the publisher, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Gilguy #7)
An uplifting short excerpt from "Four Minute Essays (Vol. 1)", published in 1919, extolling the virtue of agreeableness.
aka Rasputin in Two Volumes
Oakham, MA: Oakham Bindery, 1975. 69 pp. 2 x 2 1/2". LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies, this being #188. Black cloth over boards with gilt title on cover and spine, marbled endpapers, frontispiece illustration by Howard Goldstein, errata slip laid in, in fine condition.
Grigori Rasputin (1869 - 1916) was a Russian mystic who had great influence in late imperial Russia due to his friendship and influence on the family of Tsar Nicholas II. This is volume I. The second volume was published by Tabula Rasa Press and is sold separately.
Santa Cruz, CA: Peter & Donna Thomas, 1989. 64 pp. 1 7/8 x 2 3/8"; LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies, this being #141. Printed paper over boards with illustrated paste-down label on cover, letterpress printed on Peter's handmade paper, illustrated by Tanya Thomas, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Peter & Donna Thomas, 42)
An interesting ABC book where the illustrations are based on Tanya Thomas, (the daughter of Peter and Donna), twisting her body into the shapes of letters of the alphabet and creating a drawing for each.
America Known before Columbus discovered it
Chicago, IL: Doris. V. Welsh, 1955. 32 pp. Approximately 1 9/16 x 1 3/4". LIMITED EDITION of 100 copies. Map illustrated paper boards, 3/4 bound with red cloth, printed title label on spine, two tipped-in illustrations, some slight foxing to front cover, black and white illustrations throughout, in very good condition. (Bradbury, Petit Oiseau Press, 6).
Doris Welsh was probably the greatest authority about miniature books in the second half of the 20th century. She collected, wrote about, and published miniature books entirely by herself. Born in 1907 in Pittsburgh, and after receiving her A.B, B.L.S. and M.S. degrees from different colleges, she eventually joined the Newberry Library in 1947 as cataloguer. She remained at the Library until 1970 when she retired. She started publishing her own books in 1952. (MBS newsletter, 11/2013). This book was hand set, printed & bound by Doris Welsh. This interesting little miniature gives little snippets of history in that it references historical references to America, many years before Columbus "discovers" (?) it.
American Folk Art on U.S. Postage Stamps
Sugar Land, TX: Arm & Hammer Press, 2006. Unpaginated. Approximately 3 x 2 3/8". LIMITED EDITION of 35 copies, this being #5. Pictorial boards, illustrated in color, paper label on spine. A fine copy.
Folk art (defined as art that is created by individuals who were not academically trained and that adheres to the aesthetic standards of the small communities where it was produced) includes amish quilts, native american pottery, woodcarved figures, etc.
An Alphabet Coloring Book
San Francisco, CA: Juniper Von Phitzer, 1997. (8) pp. Approximately 2 1/2 x 2". Limitation not stated. Stiff mottled paper boards with silver printed label on upper cover, accordion-fold, red faux crayon attached to red string, black and white illustrations. A fine copy.
A delightful miniature with detailed alphabet letters from "The Illuminated Alphabet" by Theodore Menten. These letters are medieval initial letters with Celtic floral interlacements, biblical scenes, scenes of war and play, knights, grotesque animals, martyrdoms, fanciful devices, and more.
An Ascent of Mount Rainier
Wigtown, Scotland: The Gleniffer Press, 1997. 27 pp. 5/8 x 7/8". LIMITED EDITION of 210 copies, this being #40. Royal blue novalite boards, perfect bound, gilt title on cover and spine, original packaging, hand numbered on the colophon, in fine condition.
A narrative of John Muir's ascent of Mount Rainier in 1888. "I stood there all alone, everything below and all so grand. I had never before had such a feeling of littleness as when I stood there and I would have stood there drinking in that grand sight, but they wanted to go so we started down." There is now a high-altitude sheltering camp named after the naturalist in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.
An Incident of Border Warfare
Chicago, IL: Le Petit Oiseau Press, 1958. (26) pp. Approximately 1 9/16 x 2". LIMITED EDITION of 50 copies, this being #50. Pale green printed paper boards, 3/4 bound with black cloth, printed title label on spine, black and white illustrations throughout, in near fine condition. (Bradbury, Petit Oiseau Press, 9).
Doris Welsh was probably the greatest authority about miniature books in the second half of the 20th century. She collected, wrote about, and published miniature books entirely by herself. Born in 1907 in Pittsburgh, and after receiving her A.B, B.L.S. and M.S. degrees from different colleges, she eventually joined the Newberry Library in 1947 as cataloguer. She remained at the Library until 1970 when she retired. She started publishing her own books in 1952. (MBS newsletter, 11/2013). This book was hand set, printed & bound by Doris Welsh. This interesting little miniature tells a story of Indian and pioneer conflict in West Virginia in 1786.
Angry's Blown Its Face Up Like a Balloon
Florence, MA: Matthew Herschler, 1997. (52) pp. Approximately 3 1/4 x 3 1/4". Red Japanese long fiber paper over bristol boards, with title label on pasted-down on front cover, no limitation listed, accordion folds, fine condition.
A slightly too large book for a miniature, nevertheless it holds easily in the hand. This is a delightful ABC book that uses emotions in a poetic way to make it's way through the alphabet. A few examples, "Bored won't admit how much fun it is to paint everything that color", and "Frightened discovers precious little hairs on its own neck". A charming and interesting book, but more on the adult side given the nature of the emotions.