Bela Blau


Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments

Bible. Old Testament.

Los Angeles: Bela Blau, 1965. Approx. 3/4 x 1". Vellum over boards, gilt title on spine, gilt design on cover, illustration of Moses, housed in vellum slipcase, all in fine condition. (Bradbury, Blau 2)

Bound by Bela Blau, a Hungarian bookbinder known for his meticulous attention to detail and fine binding of miniature books, this lovely microminiature book has a representation of the stone tablets with inscriptions in Hebrew and the text of the Ten Commandments in English. Scarce in the vellum binding and printed on vellum, one of about 20-30 known copies, more commonly found in the gilt leather versions.

Bela Blau
$ 260.00 USD

Up 65 Years to Larchmont

Up 65 Years to Larchmont

Francis J. Weber

Los Angeles: Bela Blau, 1970. 31 pp. Approximately 1 3/16 x 1 5/8". Brown-red leather over boards with gilt title on cover and gilt publisher on spine, decorative endpapers, frontispiece, letterpress and gilt leather by Bela Blau, in near fine condition. (Bradbury, Dawson 37)

A lovely little book about the various locations over the years of Dawson's Book Shop in the Los Angeles area, known as "one of the six renaissance miniature book publishers in the U.S. during the early 1960s." (Bradbury) Bela Blau, along with his wife Mariana, came to the U.S. from Hungary in 1956 and established a bindery business. An amazing award winning binder, his leather work and attention to detail is remarkable.

Bela Blau
$ 60.00 USD