This Month's Topic: Miniature Books
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The Flyleaf: IOBA Newsletter
June 2017
This Month: Miniature Books
"It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important."  
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Miniature books are defined in the United States as being 3 inches or less in height, width, or thickness. Micro-miniatures are usually no larger than 1 inch. Why specialize in miniature books? Because they are irresistible. They have been around since 2200 BC and, like larger books, have words and pictures that are meant to be read, seen, and enjoyed (although it helps to have a magnifying glass for some of them.)
Not only have miniature books been published for centuries, but they have also been collected for a while due to their small and portable nature. Napoleon Bonaparte was famous for having a collection of around 1,800 to 2,000 books that he took with him when he traveled.

Miniature books in the middle ages were small so that they could be easily carried or concealed. In more modern times, there have been people who avidly collect miniatures, doll house books, and the "smallest book in the world" titles, for example. There are also many libraries with substantial miniature book collections such as the Huntington Library in California, the Lilly Library at Indiana University, and the University of Virginia Library, among others.  
If you are in Oakland on Sunday, August 13th, you will have a chance to see many miniature books at the Book Fair held by the Miniature Book Society at the Oakland Marriott as part of their annual Conclave.

Our guest editor for June:
Kim Herrick 
The Book Lair
Pleasanton, CA
Discovering Miniature Books  
Discovering Miniature Books by Robert F. Hanson

Pu blisher: Opuscula Press
Place of Publication: Mattituck NY (1978)
Binding: Softcover
Edition: First Edition
Signed by the Author

This is number one hundred and ninety of three hundred and fifty. Miniature. 2 3/4" x 2 1/2". 51pp. Sewn wrappers. Fine in a fine printed paper slipcase. Signed by the author on the limitation.
Available Here. 
Cheever and Updike - Together Again...    
Mites & Other Poems in Miniature  by John Updike
Publisher: Lord John Press
Place of Publication: Northridge CA (1990)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First
Signed by Author

Approximately 3" x 2". Quarter cloth and paper covered boards. Copy 98 of 200 numbered copies signed by Updike.

Available here. 
by John Cheever   
Publisher: Sylvester & Orphanos
Place of Publication: Los Angeles CA (1987)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First
Signed by Author, Editor, John Updike (Forward), and Designer

Approximately 2" x 3". Cheever first story, published in The New Republic when he was seventeen, and previously uncollected. This is one of 150 numbered copies (of a total edition of 185). Signed by Cheever, Malcolm Cowley, who originally accepted the story for publication and here writes a foreword, John Updike, who writes the afterword, and Warren Chappell, the designer of this book. Available Here. 
The Chimes: A Goblin Story by Charles Dickens 
Publisher: Henry Frowde
Place of Publication: London (1906)
Binding: Paperback

One of Dickens' famous Christmas stories, that describes a dream-within-a-dream whereby the reader must choose between the harsh consequences of the behavior of the upper classes in a vision, or the happiness of a wedding.

Available Here.
The Desert by Robinson Jeffers 
Publisher: Dawson's Book Shop
Place of publication: Los Angeles (1976)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Separate Edition

First separate edition, second issue; originally published in 1905 in the Occidental Mid-Winter Magazine. Miniature book (2 3/4" x 1 7/8"). Cloth with printed paper label.

Available Here.
Religion and Philosophy  
The Citizen of the World     
By Oliver Goldsmith       

Publisher: Chiswick Press of C. Whittingham
Place of Publication: London (1819)
Binding: Hardcover

Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) was an Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright and poet, who is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770), and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771, first performed in 1773).

In 1760, Goldsmith began to publish a series of letters in the Public Ledger under the title The Citizen of the World. Purportedly written by a Chinese traveler in England named Lien Chi. Goldsmith used this fictional outsider's perspective to comment ironically on British society and manners. It was inspired by the earlier essay series Persian Letters by Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu. Critics note that this is an early precursor to the modern short story. Available Here. 
A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System By William Wilberforce

Publisher: Scott, Webster and Geary
Place of Publication: London (1842)
Binding: Hardcover

Engraved portrait of the author as frontispiece, tissue-guarded, and engraved vignette to short title. Rubbing to edges along spine hinge. Book plate (Alfred Willett) to pastedown; Date of November 1844 in brown ink to free endpaper; inscription neatly penned in brown ink to second free endpaper: To Alfred Willet from His Sister Mary Ann. No other markings, no folds or tears.

William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was an English politician, essayist and a leader in the movement to abolish slavery.

Available Here. 
Shaker Herbs: An Essay by Cynthia Elyce Rubin 
Publisher: Catawba Press
Place of Publication: Northhampton MA (1984)
Binding: Hardcover

The only miniature book printed by Barbara Blumenthal of Catawba Press, the essay has been reprinted with the permission of the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City. The essay starts with a short history of the Shaker religion and their industries, which included agriculture, medicine, seeds, and foodstuffs.

The latter part of the essay details the medicinal properties of the herbs that the Shakers used in their medicinal recipes. A beautiful little book, interspersed throughout with lovely Shaker herb labels for added interest. Available Here.
Classic and Classical... 
Hamlet and Macbeth 
by William Shakespeare  
Publisher: Miniature Dictionary Publishers, Inc.
Place of Publication: New York (circa 1925)
Binding: Hardcover
Flexible red leather gilt in wallet binding with metal snap. A little rubbed, else very near fine. Approximately 2.25" x 1.50".
Available Here. 
Langenscheidt's Lilliput Dictionary: English-Dutch          
Publisher: Langenscheidt KG  
Place of Publication: Berlin (1956)
Binding: Hardcover
Flexible printed red cloth. Modest wear, a near fine copy. Miniature book, approximately 1.25" x 1.75". 
Available Here.
Presidential Miniatures  
Abraham Lincoln: The Song in his Heart
by Kenneth Bernard
Publisher: Achille J. St. Onge
Place of Publication: Worcester (1970)
Binding: Hardcover

Miniature. 1.75" x 2.5". Full green leather gilt. One of 1500 copies.
Available Here. 
The Inaugural Address of Lyndon Baines Johnson 
by Lyndon Baines Johnson

Publisher: Achille J. St. Onge
Place of Publication: Worcester (1965) 
Binding: Hardcover  

Miniature. 1.75" x 2.5". Full blue leather gilt. One of 2500 copies. LBJ's inaugural speech, written in part by John Steinbeck.
Available Here.  
Burn's Poems by Robert Burns 
Publisher: Andersons Book
Place of Publication: Edinburgh, Scotland (circa 1920)
Binding: Hardcover

The Thistle Library. Illustrations. 256 pages with a glossary. 48mo; [3.3/8 in tall.]. Red tartan cloth covered boards with gilt front title and emblem. Bindings tight and square. With a matching paper tartan slipcase - open on both ends.

Available Here.
From the Big Little Book and Better Little Book Series 
Mickey Mouse the Mail Pilot
(The Big Little Book Series) 
by Disney  
Publisher: Whitman Publishing 
Date of Publication: 1933
Binding: Hardcover

Mickey Mouse must face all sorts of troubles while attempting to deliver air-mail. Front wrapper detached, wrappers creased & rubbed, pages toned, a few illustrations colored in. Available Here. 
Spike Kelly of the Commandos
(The Better Little Book Series) 
by Art Elder 

Publisher: Whitman Publishing 
Date of Publication: 1943 
Binding: Hardcover 
Children's book about a war hero with illustrations on every other page. Boards rubbed, pages toned. Pictorial cover.
Available Here.  
An Over Abundance of Goodness 
Who knew that IOBA booksellers had so many miniature books to offer? Rather than let any of them fall off this month's list, we're offering links to those that we just couldn't stuff into the June Flyleaf. Check them ALL out and enjoy what "little packages" have to offer. 

Big Little Book Series, seven assorted volumes.
Better Little Book Series, seven assorted volumes.

And for fun - and only tangentially related:

Dealer Catalogues and Varia
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