New Arrivals


The Duel

The Duel

Eugene Field

(Nebraska): Corenne Placek, 1978. (10) pp. 1 3/8 x 1 1/4". LIMITED EDITION of unknown copies, this being #52. Printed paper wrappers, illustrated, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Corenne Placek, 2)

Corenne Placek was the sister of Wayne Placek who was a well-known collector of miniature books. Corenne published only 2 miniature books. This one is an offset reduction of a book printed and illustrated by her in 1927. Eugene Field, Sr. (1850 - 1895) was an American writer who was best known for his children's poetry and humorous essays. This poem of his is about a dog and cat having a duel under the watchful eye of the Chinese plate and the old Dutch clock.

Corenne Placek
$ 30.00 USD

Capsule Book

Capsule Book

Anonymous

[Pittsburgh, PA]: Techbound Studio, (ca. 1935). (40) pp. 1/4 x 1/2". Full red morocco with TS monogram on front cover which is slightly rubbed, mostly blank pages except for the title page and the next leaf which has the publisher's name on it, housed in a small slightly tarnished silver satchel with latch and handles (which may or may not have originally held the TS book), in fine condition.

The little silver satchel is quite charming. The handles move and the latch works well. Not much is known of the publisher. Another miniature bound by Techbound Studio was found, a book of poetry by Richard David, "The Old Man and the Chairs" (1933). It is significant to note that the Richard David book was part of the Ruth Adomeit collection at the Lilly Library.

Techbound Studio
$ 200.00 USD

A Traveling Exhibit of Ex-libris Etchings

A Traveling Exhibit of Ex-libris Etchings

Scott Fitzgerald

Fullerton, CA: Lorson's Books & Prints, 1986. (14) pp. 2 x 2 7/8". LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies (75 copies numbered and signed), this being #76. Stiff paper boards with title and illustration on cover and ribbon tie, letterpress from type and engravings, fan binding by Joseph D'Ambrosio, signed by author on the colophon, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Lorson's, 8)

A beautiful collection of tipped in antique miniature bookplate reproductions, displayed in an elaborate fan binding created by Joseph D'Ambrosio (1934 - 2009), who began designing books in 1969. His goal was to "create a visual environment for the written word". He lived in southern California for most of the 1980's and moved to Phoenix after the large San Fernando earthquake of 1989. He produced over 90 books but also created a variety of posters, bookplates, and did special projects, such as the design of the California State Library rotunda floor in Sacramento.

Lorson's Books & Prints
$ 500.00 USD

Leather bookcase for miniatures

Leather bookcase for miniatures

Osami Nakao

Japan: n.p., (ca 1980's). Approximately 4 1/4(h) x 3 1/4(w) x 2 1/4(d)". Two shelf case, rounded edges with decorative stitching, minor wear, Lilliput label in leather on back of case, in very good condition.

Custom-made by Osami Nakao for the Lilliput Oval Saloon.

The Book Lair
$ 100.00 USD

Leather bookcase for miniatures

Leather bookcase for miniatures

Osami Nakao

Japan: n.p., (ca 1980's). Approximately 6(h) x 5 1/2(w) x 3 3/4(d)". Two shelf case, each shelf with a central divider, rounded edges with decorative stitching, minor wear, Lilliput label in leather on back of case, in very good condition.

Custom-made by Osami Nakao for the Lilliput Oval Saloon.

The Book Lair
$ 200.00 USD

aka Rasputin in Two Volumes

aka Rasputin in Two Volumes

John P. Lathourakis

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.

Permanent Press
$ 75.00 USD

Journal of My 45th Ascension

Journal of My 45th Ascension

Jean-Pierre Baptiste Blanchard

Oakham, MA: Oakham Bindery, 1974. 77 pp. 2 7/8 x 2 1/8". LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies, this being #44. Decorated paper boards with quarter-bound leather, gilt title on spine, patterned endpapers, letterpress by Darrell Hyder, spine ends a little rubbed, otherwise in near fine condition. (Bradbury, Oakham Bindery, 2)

A lovely book about the first balloon flight in the United States, as evidenced by citizens and dignitaries, including George Washington.

Oakham Bindery
$ 45.00 USD

The Mail Box, A Postal ABC

The Mail Box, A Postal ABC

Jo Anna Poehlmann

Milwaukee, WI: Jo Anna Poehlmann, 1994. (26) pp. 1 1/2 x 1 5/8". LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies, this being #38. Stiff paper boards, accordion fold with ribbon tie, 27 postage stamps tipped in, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Poehlmann, 4)

A cute book, created to look like a postal package, filled with colorful stamps from various countries that each depict a letter of the alphabet.

Jo Anna Poehlmann
$ 75.00 USD

(Santa Claus)

(Santa Claus)

Jo Anna Poehlmann

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.

Jo Anna Poehlmann
$ 60.00 USD

One Solitary Life

One Solitary Life

James A. Francis

Chicago, IL: Le Petit Oiseau Press, 1963. 7 pp. Approximately 1 7/8 x 1 1/2". LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies. Yellow printed paper boards, 3/4 bound with blue cloth, illustration and title printed on cover, title label on spine, slight discoloration to cloth, letterpress, in near fine condition. (Bradbury, Petit Oiseau Press, 14).

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 is a reflection on the impact of the life of Jesus.

Le Petit Oiseau Press
$ 70.00 USD