Miniature Books

  • # 22012

    GODWARD, William

    De la Rue’s improved condensed diary and engagement book 1884

    Finger shape. London : De la Rue, 1883. Finger shape diary, 77 x 23 mm, gilt-decorated morocco, all edges gilt, in early fitted bakelite case, 36 double leaves, calendar and diary, blank and in very good condition, slight wear at head of spine. A charming and petite Victorian ‘finger’ diary.

  • # 22160

    [ARMENIAN PRAYER BOOK] Girkʻ aghōtʻitsʻ

    Kostandnupolis [i.e. Constantinople] : Paul Arapian, 1850. Small duodecimo (100 x 65 mm), contemporary full limp calf (heavily rubbed and worn at corners), pp 154, with numerous lithographed illustrations and headpieces; occasional annotations by the original owner, mild water stain at top edges of leaves, dog-eared corners, some leaves a little darkened from handling; a …

  • # 21124

    CORSO, Gregory (1930-2001)

    Mind field. (Presentation copy)

    Madras & New York : Hanuman Books, 1989. First edition. Number 27 in a series of chapbooks by the publisher. Duodecimo (105 x 70 mm), stiff card wrappers in dust jacket with photographic portrait of Corso by Allen Ginsberg; presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free-endpaper: ‘Here we is again Sly – …

  • # 9854

    [RUFUS MERRILL]

    [TAHITI] People of the Old World

    [Cover title]. Concord, N.H. : Rufus Merrill, [1854]. Duodecimo, original illustrated wrappers (lightly marked, corners bent, small loss at bottom edge of lower wrapper), stitched, 16 pp, wood engraved illustrations, faint waterstain to lower margins of all leaves, otherwise internally clean and sound. The fourth in a series of six chapbooks published by Rufus Merrill …

  • # 20065

    The young sailor, or the sea-life of Tom Bowline.

    New York: Kiggins & Kellogg, n.d. [c. 1856]. Duodecimo, printed salmon wrappers with woodcut vignette, 16 pp., illustrated with wood-engravings including a title vignette, 1 text & 5 full-page illustrations.  “Third Series–No. 8” on the front wrapper. A crisp copy. Chapbook tale of young Tom, who is drawn to the sea, and sails on the ship …

  • # 20574

    KUNDIG, André (ed.)

    Pensées médiévales

    Genève : André Kundig, 1970. Miniature book (40 mm tall), gilt-lettered card wrappers, pp.96.

  • # 19303

    SCHÜTZE, Dr. St. (editor)

    Taschenbuch für das Jahr 1824. Der Liebe und Freundschaft gewidmet.

    Frankfurt am Main Verlag : Friedrich Wilmans, [1823]. Duodecimo (180 x 120 mm), original pictorial papered boards (spine with pale foxing and short paper tear at tail, otherwise very good), all edges gilt, title page, pp 20, 314, illustrated with 14 copperplate engravings; contains numerous short fictional pieces and poetry; text in German in Gothic …

  • # 18375

    CHODOWIECKI, Daniel (1728-1801), artist.

    Almanac Généalogique pour l’an 1773, avec l’approbation de l’Académie Royale des Sciences et belles Lettres

    Berlin : [George Jacques Decker], [1772].  24mo (binding size 100 x 65 mm), original hand-coloured card covers with early manuscript title to spine, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, engraved double frontispiece portraits of Princess Friederike and Prince Friedrich of Prussia, engraved title, unpaginated (200+ pages), with numerous engraved plates by Daniel Berger after the artist …

  • # 16002

    AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION

    [CHAPBOOK] The Penny Hymn-book

    Philadelphia : American Sunday-School Union, [c.1850]. Duodecimo (110 x 70 mm), woodcut illustration to upper wrapper; 32 pp; lower wrapper with publisher’s advertisements; corners dog-eared, paper tear at tail of spine, small toning spot at fore-edge of several leaves, otherwise internally clean and sound.

  • # 16003

    AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION

    [CHAPBOOK] Memoir of Elizabeth

    Philadelphia : American Sunday-School Union, 146 Chestnut Street, [c.1850]. Duodecimo (110 x 70 mm), woodcut illustration to upper wrapper; 16 pp, woodcut illustration at head of text; lower wrapper with ‘A Hymn’; wrappers foxed and re-stitched; contents with scattered foxing.

  • # 15677

    WEYGAND, James Lamar; WEYGAND, Joy

    [MINIATURE BOOK] Ex libris minimus

    Nappanee, Indiana : Press of the Indiana Kid, 1987. Miniature book, marbled boards over calf, gilt lettering on spine, pages uncut, pp 45. Private press publication, limited to 60 copies, with 27 bookplates throughout.

  • # 15690

    ‘Our Christmas festivities’ Victorian diecut ephemeron

    Our Christmas festivities – get out of the way! (title taken from lead image). London : J. T. Wood, 1859. Diecut ephemeron, 162 x 162 mm, folded to 115 mm., forming a shapebook, printed recto and verso in gold, with 14 vignette illustrations illustrating poems celebrating Christmas. Charming.

  • # 10751

    LUBRAN, Alfred

    Diminutive markers for miniature books

    [London] : Narbulla Agency, c. 1970s. A small packet sealed in plastic of about 10 miniature bookmarks for miniature books, each different and printed letterpress. Clearly essential for even the smallest reader.

  • # 6022

    [RUFUS MERRILL]

    [TAHITI] People of the Old World

    [Cover title]. Concord, N.H. : Rufus Merrill, [1854]. Duodecimo, original illustrated wrappers (lightly marked, paper loss around edges of the rear wrapper, water stain to lower right corner of front wrapper and all leaves), stitched, title page printed 'Part IV People of the Old World', 16 pp (some water staining to edges, particularly fore-edge of …