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Christmas Treasury.
1 Christmas Treasury.
Paperback Used: Good Paperback 
Miniature Book. 3/4 x 1/2 inches. Unpaginated. Hand-written text; text clean, unmarked. Spine glued together as in a note pad; binding square, tight, pages bowed from use. Comes in a balsa-wood box with a color label on top. Good. A handmade book of blank pages. First several pages filled-in with hand-written holiday wishes. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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London Almanac for 1889.
2 London Almanac for 1889.
London: Company of Stationers, 1888 First Edition Hardcover Used: Acceptable Hardcover 
Miniature Book. 1 5/16 x 1 3/16 inches. [40] pp. 2 illustrations, calendar for each month of 1889, tables; ink notations in August and pencil notations in the Regal Table (text still legible underneath). Blind ruled full black morocco, all edges gilt; inner hinge cracked. Comes in a matching black leather slip case. SOLD AS IS. FIRST EDITION of this annual publication for the year 1888, printed letterpress, as are all London Almanacs from the middle of the nineteenth century. Almanacs and calendars belong to the most frequently encountered miniature books. By their very nature and ephemeral interest, they were often published in small sizes to ensure that they could be carried in pockets or handbags so as to be ready for instant consultation.... An Almanac of small size which appeared continuously for over 200 years, thus establishing a record of longevity in the miniature book world, is the famous London Almanack, published by the Company of Stationers.... Bondy, Miniature Books, p. 39. REFERENCE: Welsh, A Bibliography of Miniature Books (1470-1965), No. 4693. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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The Koran [In Arabic].
3 The Koran [In Arabic].
Glasgow: David Bryce, 1900 Used: Very Good 
Miniature Book. 1 1/2 x 1 inches. Paginated in Arabic - perhaps 800 or so pages? Title page and several other pages printed within decorative typographic borders, occasional marginal fleurons or decorative elements; text clean, unmarked. Bound in blind- and gilt-stamped brown leather, leather clasp wraps around fore-edge and inserts in a slit on the opposite side of the text block to hold the volume closed while not in use, a small brass ring attached to one outer side of the binding, all edges gilt; binding square and tight, leather and gilt a bit dull. Very Good. David Bryce was one of the world's most prolific and successful makers of miniature books. Bryce entered the book trade at the age of 17, and succeeded his father in the family publishing house in 1870. Soon afterwards he began the production of miniature books, employing recent developments of photolithography whereby he was able to reduce larger volumes to smaller sizes through the use of electroplates. Bryce's Korans were originally issued with a metal locket which held an inset magnifier, but the locket is not present here; a small magnifier is held to this copy with a silk thread. During World War I, the English issued Bryce's miniature Korans to Muslim soldiers fighting for the Allies. Louis Bondy describes Bryce's Koran as "almost legendary." Bondy speculates that "the great economic, political and spiritual revival which has taken place in the Arab world may perhaps account for the present scarcity" of Bryce's miniature Koran. REFERENCES: Bondy, Miniature Books, pp. 111-112; Bromer and Edison, Miniature Books, p. 87. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Little Webster, 18000 Words.
4 The Little Webster, 18000 Words.
New York: Miniature Dictionary Publishers, Inc., 1930 Used: Acceptable 
Miniature Book. 2 x 1 1/2 inches. 715 pp. Pages water damaged, missing pages 1-8 and possibly more pages at the end. No covers, text block loose. Comes in a gilt-titled leather fold-over snap-latch case; shelf worn, gilt rubbed. SOLD AS IS. A small, portable Webster's dictionary. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Child's Bible with Plates, A Lady of Cincinnati.
5 A Lady of Cincinnati. The Child's Bible with Plates
Philadelphia: Fisher & Brother, 1834 Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
Miniature Book. 2 1/4 x 1 7/8 inches. 192 pp. Frontispiece, illustration on title page, 20 plates; text clean, unmarked, pages toned, front free fly leaf and frontispiece torn in bottom corner. Blind-stamped green cloth, gilt-titled spine; binding square and tight, inner hinges cracked and a bit shaken, shelf wear, some staining on rear end papers. Good. A child's book of bible stories; not literal scriptural text. A remarkable survival. Fisher & Brother specialized in children's and religious publications. REFERENCE: Bradbury, Antique United States Miniature Books, B493. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Aesop's Fables., Aesop.
6 Aesop. Aesop's Fables.
Winterport, ME: Borrower's Press, 1978 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this is number 186. Miniature Book. 7/8 x 5/8 inches. (52) pp. Hand-colored illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped blue cloth boards, decorative end papers; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Jane Bernier on colophon. SCARCE. Fine. Aesop was a Greek fabulist and story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. The numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 40. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Aesop's Fables., Aesop.
7 Aesop. Aesop's Fables.
Winterport, ME: Borrower's Press, 1978 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this is number 200. Miniature Book. 7/8 x 5/8 inches. (52) pp. Hand-colored illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped blue cloth boards, decorative end papers; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Jane Bernier on colophon. SCARCE. Fine. Aesop was a Greek fabulist and story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. The numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 40. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Four Fables of Aesop., Aesop.
8 Aesop. Four Fables of Aesop.
Los Angeles: Press at the Gatehouse, 1978 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
Miniature Book. 2 3/4 x 2 1/16 inches. Unpaginated. [6] pp. Green etching on title page of a frog, text in Greek with English translations below; text clean, unmarked. Green paper wrappers, bound with white string; binding square and tight, corners bumped. Very Good. A collection of four Aesop's fables, in Greek, with English translations directly underneath. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century US Miniature Books, No. 47; Jones, A Los Angeles Typesticker, No. 83. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Autobiography of an Early American Wood Engraver., Alexander Anderson (1775-1870).
9 Alexander Anderson (1775-1870). Autobiography of an Early American Wood Engraver.
New York: Traders Press, The Little Press of J. R. Levien, 1968 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 numbered copies, this is number 330. Designed by J. R. Levien, set in Caslon type, illustrations printed offset, the Charles Press printed 500 sheets of Bergstrom's Hilding paper, which were bound in London by T. C. Woolnough & Son, Ltd. Miniature Book. 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches. Unpaginated. [48] pp. Illustrated throughout with Dr. Anderson's wood-cut illustrations, including a frontispiece self-portrait at age 81, bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Quarter black cloth, marbled paper over boards, printed paper front cover label, illustrated end-papers; binding square and tight, light shelf wear. Very Good. This volume contains the life story of Alexander Anderson, a medical doctor whose main interest in life was wood engraving. "Jack R. Levien published miniature books in New York under the Trader's Press imprint from 1967 to 1969, and then under his name from 1970 to 1972 after moving to Holland. Levien focused on book design when publishing his first five titles while in New York. He contracted separately with others to do the printing and binding." Bradbury, p. 127. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Cent. US Miniature Books, No. 103. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Joys of Collecting Children's Books., Alla T Ford
10 Alla T Ford The Joys of Collecting Children's Books.
Hong Kong Ford Press 1968 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies, this is number 166. The FIRST EDITION in book form of an essay that first appeared in The Book Lover's Answer, July, 1965. Miniature Book. 2/38 x 1 15/16 inches. [vi], 106, [2] pp. Black-and-white frontispiece of the title page for an American edition of Janeway's A Token for Children, and 15 other black-and-white illustrations from vintage children's books, front free end-paper and colophon embellished with hand-drawn flower illustrations; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped red cloth; bindings slightly askew, front paste-down beginning to come up. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the colophon. Very good. This book is an extended mediation on the pleasure that can be gained from the ownership and study of children's books published in ages past. Alla T. Ford was born in the Ukraine, the daughter of a Czarist general. She was educated at the Sorbonne, and, later, in 1957, was one of the original 16 members of The International Wizard of Oz Club. She helped establish science-fiction and children's book collections at the Universities of George and South Florida. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Micro Mini Dictionary., American Aminex Corporation.
11 American Aminex Corporation. Micro Mini Dictionary.
Paramount, CA: American Aminex Corporation, 1979 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
Miniature Book. 2 x 1 9/16 inches. [ii], 695 pp. Text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped flexible navy blue leather covers; binding square and tight, shelf wear to head of front cover. Very Good. A tiny English-language dictionary. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Art of Binding Books., Angela James.
12 Angela James. The Art of Binding Books.
Wakefield: The Fleece Press, 1991 0948375272 / 9780948375279 First Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Signed by Author
LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies bound by Smith Settle, set in 8 point Van Dijck at the Rocket Press. Illustrations by Anthony Christmas. Oblong Miniature Book. 2 1/16 x 2 7/8 inches. Unpaginated. [54] pp. Half-title, frontispiece woodcut, title page printed in blue and black, 7 woodcut illustrations by Anthony Christmas, glossary; text clean, unmarked. Color brocade cloth over boards, printed paper front cover label, brown end-papers; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Angela James on the colophon. Fine. Contains a summary of the history of book binding with a discussion of the basics of binding techniques. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Titania's Palace., Ann Bahar.
13 Ann Bahar. Titania's Palace.
SeattleL Tabula Rasa Press, 1995 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies, this is number 56. Miniature Book. 2 1/2 x 2 inches. 51 pp. Frontispiece black-and-white photographic portrait of Sir Nevile Wilkinson tipped in, black-and-white photographs tipped in throughout; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped green cloth; binding square and tight, shelf wear. SIGNED by author on limitation statement. Very Good. The miniature dollhouse Titania's Palace was built by Sir Nevile Wilkinson from 1907 to 1922 as the palace for the faerie queen Titania. The dollhouse was complete and inaugurated in 1922 by Queen Mary. Tatiana's Palace is now at Egeskov Castle in Denmark. Sir Nevile (1869-1940) was a British officer of arms, Army officer, and a dollhouse designer. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 246. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Rosanella.  With Engravings by Sarah Chamberlain., Anne Claude Philippe, Compte de Caylus (1692-1765).
14 Anne Claude Philippe, Compte de Caylus (1692-1765). Rosanella. With Engravings by Sarah Chamberlain.
Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1988 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Sarah Chamberlain. Signed by Illustrator
LIMITED EDITION of 315 copies, this is one of 50 Deluxe copies with an extra suite of engravings, this is copy K. Set by Mackenzie-Harris in Monotype Centaur and Arrighi types, printed by Darrel Hyder, designed by Rebecca Saady Bingham, with original wood engravings by Sarah Chamberlain. Miniature Book. 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches. [vi], 34, [4] pp. Half-title printed in rose, double-page title page with designs in rose, text printed in red with rose-colored initials, vignettes in various colors, and 6 engravings within frames (5 full-page, 1 half-page); text clean, unmarked. Full purple morocco binding, rose and green leather on-lays on front cover, raised bands, leather paste-downs at front and rear, marbled free end-papers; binding square and tight. Housed in a clamshell box with blind-stamped suede front, rear and spine, marbled paper edges, within the box is a chemise covered in matching marbled paper that contains 14 loose sheets with the engravings (illustrations and vignettes) of the illustrations in the book, SIGNED or INITIALED by the artist, Sarah Chamberlain, and an additional color illustration of a rose, also SIGNED by Chamberlain. SIGNED by Sarah Chamberlain and Rebecca Saady Bingham on the colophon. Fine. This book tells the story of how a new Queen of the Fairies was chosen and how her reign was secured. Anne Claude Philippe, Comte de Caulus was a French antiquarian, archaeologist, and man of letters. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Century US Miniature Books, No. 660. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Center Alley., Anomalous (pseudonym for John P. Lathourakis).
15 Anomalous (pseudonym for John P. Lathourakis). Center Alley.
Morro Bay: Tabula Rasa Press, 1983 Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this is number 3. Illustrated by Robert "Rosey" Rosenthal. Miniature Book 2 1/16 x 2 1/16 inches. 43, [1] pp. Half-title, frontispiece, 5 illustrations (1 double-page); text clean, unmarked. Quarter blue cloth, marbled paper over boards, spine titled in white, blue end-papers; binding square and tight. Fine. A phonetic retelling of the Cinderella story. Bradbury, 20th Century US Miniature Books, No. 1740. 5 copies Worldcat. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Guilty Looks Enter Tree Beers.  Illustrated by Robert Rosenthal., Anomalous (pseudonym for John P. Lathourakis).
16 Anomalous (pseudonym for John P. Lathourakis). Guilty Looks Enter Tree Beers. Illustrated by Robert Rosenthal.
Morro Bay: Tabula Rasa Press, 1983 Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Robert Rosenthal. 
LIMITED EDITION of 350 copies, this is number 25, printed with 8 point Optima type on Wausau Laid paper. Illustrated by Robert "Rosey" Rosenthal. Miniature Book. 2 1/8 x 1 15/16 inches. 41, [1] pp. Dedication page, title page printed in black and bronze inks, 7 full-page illustrations (1 double-page) printed in bronze ink; text clean, unmarked. Quarter chocolate-colored cloth, patterned paper over boards, spine titled in white; binding square and tight. Fine. A silly phonetic retelling of Goldy Locks and the Three Bears. Bradbury, 20th Century US Miniature Books, No. 1746. 8 copies Worldcat. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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A Renaissance Recipe., Anonymous.
17 Anonymous. A Renaissance Recipe.
Fullerton: Lorson's Books & Prints, 2002 Paperback Used: Like New Paperback 
Oblong Miniature Book. 1 3/4 x 3 inches. [12] pp. Double-page title page illustration printed in orange ink; text clean, unmarked. Green printed wrappers, stitched; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Vance Gerry on the colophon. Fine. LIMITED EDITION of 50 copies printed and bound by Vance Gerry. A recipe "To make Pies that the Birds may be alive in them and Flie out when it is cut up." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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A Renaissance Recipe., Anonymous.
18 Anonymous. A Renaissance Recipe.
Lorson's Books & Prints, Paperback Used: Like New Paperback 
Oblong Miniature Book. 1 3/4 x 3 inches. [12] pp. Double-page title page illustration printed in orange ink; text clean, unmarked. Green printed wrappers, stitched; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Vance Gerry on the colophon. Fine. LIMITED EDITION of 50 copies printed and bound by Vance Gerry. A recipe "To make Pies that the Birds may be alive in them and Flie out when it is cut up." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Beauty: What It Is, and How to Retain It., Anonymous.
19 Anonymous. Beauty: What It Is, and How to Retain It.
London: Frederik Warne and Co., 1876 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Series: Warne's Bijou Books. Publisher's Proof. Not Quite a Miniature Book. 3 3/4 x 2 3/3 inches. (96) pp. 2 color plates before title page; some smudges on p. 14, else text clean, unmarked. Red cloth stamped in black, paper label with color illustration on front cover, all edges gilt; binding square, inner hinge cracked, shelf wear. End-papers rubber stamped "Property Room, Not To Be Taken Away" and "Sample Copy, not to be sold". Very Good. A guide to beauty, credited to "a Lady." Contents include "Beaty of Form;" "Form and Colour;" "The Head and Hair;" "The Upper Part of the Face;" "The Lower Part of the Face;" "Complexion;" "Dress with Respect to Beauty;" and "Care of Beauty in Infancy." One in a series Warne's instructional Bijou Books. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Cinderella: Or, the History of the Little Glass Slipper., Anonymous.
20 Anonymous. Cinderella: Or, the History of the Little Glass Slipper.
C. F. Braun & Co. Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
Not Quite a Miniature Book. 4 x 2 5/8 inches. [ii], 32, [i] pp. A note from Carey S. Bliss, frontispiece, black-and-white illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Marbled paper wrappers, bound with white string; binding square and tight, white paint stains on front cover. Very Good. Facsimile Reprint of the earliest known American edition of Cinderella, published by Mathew Carey in Philadelphia in 1800. This volume is a photolithographic facsimile by the private press of C. F. Braun & Co., in Alhambra, California, and faithfully recreates the tones of the pages of the original 1800 edition used in the reproduction. Carey Stillman Bliss (1914-1994), a rare books expert and the curator of rare books at the Huntington Library, contributed an introductory note explaining the history and context of the Carey's edition. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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