Pearls of Wisdom

By: E. Helene Sherman (1908-1996), compiler

Price: $450.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New


Miniature Book. 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches. Unpaginated. [14] pp. Frontispiece and title page in gilt and two colors of red, each opening hand-written and illuminated in a variety of colors; text clean, unmarked. Stiff paper wrappers, front cover illuminated in red and gilt, green ribbon holds the text block to the binding and ties at the spine (laced through slits cut in the spine), metallic-flecked Japanese-style endpapers; binding square and tight. Housed in a balsa wood box that has a ms. front cover label made of masking tape, masking tape holds the top lid in place and forms a spine labelled with hand-lettered title, bookplate of Raymond A. Smith inside the lid of the box. Glen Dawson's copy; some of his notes for this book and another Sherman title are laid in the box. GKK1020b-007. Fine. Bradbury writes that E. Helene Sherman, of Watertown, MA, "illustrated several miniature books for REM Miniatures and Kurbel Books. Her miniature illuminated manuscripts were issued in small numbers and the estimated numbers of copies are from Robert E. Massmann's article on Sherman that appeared in "The Newsletter of the International Miniature Book Society" in 1985. She also created unique miniature manuscripts for various collectors. Massmann bound all of Sherman's miniature manuscript volumes." In Bradbury's bibliography, Bradbury notes the date for "Pearls of Wisdom" as 1964 and bound in illuminated cloth boards. The binding on the copy offered here is not cloth. Dawson's Catalogue 497 (1989) describes the Raymond Smith copy of this title as bound in vellum, but I have consulted with a miniature book connoisseur and 2 book-binder/conservationists, and our consensus is that this copy is bound in some type of stiff paper, one of a variety of faux vellum that were manufactured in the mid-twentieth century. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful specimen of Ms. Sherman's work as a calligrapher and illuminator. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Cent. US Miniature Books, No. 2736.

Title: Pearls of Wisdom

Author Name: E. Helene Sherman (1908-1996), compiler

Illustrator: E. Helene Sherman

Categories: IOBAVBF1122,

Publisher: Watertown, MA, E. Helene Sherman: 1965

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: GKK1020b-007

Keywords: E. Helene Sherman, Pearls of Wisdom, Miniature Book, Illuminated Manuscript