Monday, June 14, 2021

INTRODUCTION

SHORT CUT TO CATALOG

Eileen would like to share the story of her "first book" and the Tiny Book replica she made of it: "My First Book" by Eileen R. Tabios as part of the Marsh Hawk Press "Chapter One Project."

Eileen also would like to share the link to her most recent miniature book, WHAT COUNTS (Tony Firman binding, 2020) which offers the story of a couple who try to collect enough miniature books to garner a Guinness Book World Record:



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VICTORIA CATALOG:

You can see the Catalog of Miniature Books for the Victoria Library Collection HERE. It includes this "Big-Small" combination of Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates:




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This Victoria Library Blog features Eileen's miniature book collection which she began in October 2020. The Victoria collection is her second library of miniature books; the first is the Galatea Library collection which covers acquisitions from March 2019-September 2020, and whose catalog you can see HERE.

(GALATEA Miniature Book Library)


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OTHER INFORMATION:

Eileen also would like to share the link to her miniature book (which is available with or without its normative-size book), The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku: Selected Tercets 1996-2019 (Marsh Hawk Press):


Your curator also would like to share a review of two of her miniature books by Missouri Poet Laureate Karen Craigo: "Achilles" and "5 Tankas" by Eileen R. Tabios

Your curator also would like to share links to two miniature book exhibits that she organized: "The Miniature Book Collection of Eileen R. Tabios, Authorat the Saint Helena Public Library, and "Maliliit Na Aklat" featuring miniature books by Ivy Alvarez, Aileen Cassinetto, Paolo Javier/Emmanuel Lacaba, Matt Manalo, Ulysses Duterte, Sean Labrador Manzano, and E.R. Tabios.

Your curator also participated in the "7 books/7 days" project of posting favorite miniature books on Miniature Book Society's Facebook page; I highlighted contributions of contemporary poets: Day 1-Ivy Alvarez; Day 2-Marton Koppány; Day 3-Poems-for-all/Robert Hansen; Day 4-Jules Boykoff/Susana Gardner/Dusie;  Day 5-Derek Beaulieu/Tom Jenks' zimZalla; Day 6-Melinda Luisa de Jesus and her children Malaya and Stinson; Day 7-Raelinda Woad/Eileen Tabios. Enjoy!


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MINIATURE BOOK CLUB:

Eileen also would like to present the members of the Miniature Book Club.  Without their readers, books become objects instead of worlds. At the Galatea Library, the miniature book readers were Barbie dolls resurrected from an old project exploring colonialism (Mattel manufactured Barbies in the Philippines). But for the rental's miniature book collection, Eileen opted for Barbie's "Fashionista" line which is intended to present the diversity of the human race and more realistic sizes than sexpot Barbie's. Here they are: Abot Tala, Joi (named after feminist poet-activist Joi Barrios-Leblanc), and Melinda (named after poet-scholar Melinda Luisa de Jesus):




Abot Tala


Joi


Melinda

UPDATE: The Miniature Book Club has grown! Here are its members featured with a former antique clock that was turned by a book dealer into a miniature bookcase:


More pictures of the Miniature Book Club are available HERE.



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MINIATURE PAINTINGS:

A library should be sprinkled with art and poet-painter-scholar Thomas Fink delivers with four hay(na)ku paintings. The hay(na)ku's body as a tercet is evident in the three elements featured within each painting:









 



 





CATALOG


Frequently updated as acquisitions are on-going.


Books are listed below by author or editor in alphabetical order. The books are in the following categories:

Art

Artists' Books

Dictionaries

Fiction

Non-Fiction

Poetry

Religion

Christmas Books

Other

 

Certain books are not filed under the above categories but are filed through their Publishers (click on links below):

Achille J. St. Onge

Booksby Press

Cider Press

Del Prado Miniature Classics

Insight Editions (w/ Mandala Publishing, Marvel & Disney)

Miniaturbuchverlag Leipzig in der Wartelsteiner GmbH

Poems-for-All

The Somesuch Press

 

Certain books are not filed under the above categories but are filed through certain Unique Approaches (click on links below):

Big-Small Combinations of normatively-sized books with miniature book versions

Cube Books of consistent 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches in width, height, and depth


And because, sadly, it is impossible to collect all miniature books ever created, I've also created a subset of the collection: Miniature Book Prospectuses & Other Marketing Material which is divided into 3 lists:

Publishers whose names begin with A-L are listed HERE.

Publishers whose names begin with M-Z are listed HERE.

Marketing by Non-Publishers



ART:

Photographia Erotica Historica Vintage Erotic Photography (Goliath Books, 2017. Languages: English, French, German, Italian & Spanish). Size: 1.5" x 2.5"




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ARTISTS' BOOKS:

DANCE OF TREES by Beth Baugh (sp, 2021). Size: 2" x 2"




The Orange Revolution by Alice Brody, based on a poem by Eileen R. Tabios (sp, 2021). Size: 2.75" x 3-5/8"



In the United States by Gail Newman (sp, 2021). Size: 1.75" x 1.75"




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DICTIONARIES:

The Little Webster Dictionary of 18000 Words (suede, buttoned cover. Tiny Book & Novelty Company, New York, circa 1930s-40s). Size: 1.5" x 2". Gift of Redneck Resell.



Deutsch-Englisch / Englisch-Deutsch (Alle Rechte vorbehalten Mentor Verlag Berlin / Druck: A. Raabe, Berlin (Langenscheidts, Berlin, pre-August 1945). Size: 1.5" x 2-1/8"

A two volume Miniatur Worterbuch miniature English German and German English dictionary was printed in Berlin.  It was probably published before August 1945 as it says it was printed in Germany (not East or West).  Each volume contains 512 pages.




Langenscheidts' Deutsch-Englisch / Englisch-Deutsch (Langenscheidts, Berlin, pre-August 1945). Size: 1-3/8" x 2.25"




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FICTION:

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Bukyko / Miniature Books USA, May 2020. Whole text. Certificate of Authenticity). Size: 1" x 1.5"





Mrs. Burlington by Mark Isdale (Glennifer Press, Paisley & Wigtown, Scotland, 1983). Size: 2" x 3"


The Man Who Won by Edwin Lefevre (Jack R. Levien (Traders Press), Enkhuizen, Holland, 1970. 40 copies). Size: 2-1/8" x 3"

Seller’s Info: 61 pages; reprint of a Wall Street story that originally appeared in the August 1901 issue of McClure's Magazine; a very scarce title (approx. 40 copies were printed). //  Jack Levien moved from New York to Holland in 1970.  The Man Who Won was the first book he did in Holland and he commented, "This book was an absolute disaster.  The printer couldn't register both sides and only a few sheets were usable."




WHAT COUNTS by Eileen R. Tabios (Tony Firman Bookbinding, Texas, 2020). Size: 2" x 3"




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NON-FICTION:

Life of Edward VII by Eleanor Bulley (Wells Gardner Darton & Co., London, 1901). Size: 2-5/8" x 3"

149 pp. + (1)p. ads. One of the "Midget" series of miniature books published by Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. With portrait frontispiece and fifteen plates. Cream boards with red and gold decorative stamp.



THE MURDER: A Battle in the Civil War by Robert J. Burdette (The Press of Ward Schori, Evanston, IL, 1995. Size: 2-5/8" x 2-3/8"


Books and Bears: Moving to a New Country, text by Patricia Caernarven-Smith & photos by Tony Firman (Tony Firman Bookbinding, 2019). Size: 3" x 3". Memoir produced as a keepsake for the Miniature Book Society Grad Conclave XXXVII in Bloomington, IN, 2019. Gift of Angel/MiniatureBooksUSA.


So I Built Another Shelf by Patricia Caernarven-Smith (Wild Onion Press, Texas, 2017). Size: 3” x 3”


Collecting Miniature Books by Patricia Caernarven-Smith (Wild Onion Press, Texas, 2018. Signed). Size: 2.25” x 3”



A Small Brown Pond: Another View of Plum Park, text by Patricia Caernarven-Smith, photos by Tony Firman (Plum Park Press, Texas, 2017). Size: 3” x 3”


The Plum Park Flyway and International Rest Center  by Patricia Caernarven-Smith (Wild Onion Press, Texas, 2016). Size: 2.25” x 3”


On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away by Paul Dresser (Stephen & Marian Byrne / The final Score, Sorbie, Scotland, 2019). Size: 2.5" x 1-7/8". Music. Keepsake for the Miniature Book Society 2019 Conclave. Music sheet an accordion page. Gift of Angel/MiniatureBooksUSA.




The Romance of Book-collecting by J.H. Slater (Wild Onion Press, Texas, 2018. Signed). Size: 3” x 3”

L.A. Now and Then, or South by Northwest by Victoria Dailey w/ illustrations by Don Louis Perceval (Castle Press, 2006). Size: 2-1/8" x 2-7/8"

Notes by John Howell: (73) pp. Half title, frontispiece, and title page all printed in green ink, illustrations in green ink throughout; text clean, unmarked. Green, yellow, and red cloth over boards, gilt-titled spine; binding square and tight. Glen Dawson's copy without distinguishing marks. RGKK819-116. Fine. A history of Los Angeles and its importance historically, culturally, and emotionally. Victoria Dailey is a writer and lecturer who specializes in the cultural history of Southern California. "Reprinted, with permission, from the Quarterly News-letter, Winter 2005, Book Club of California, San Francisco. Illustrations by Don Louis Perceval. Printed by the Castle Press and bound by Marianna Blau, A-1 Bookbinding for Glen Dawson." Colophon.



An Autobiography by Glen Dawson (Miniature Book Society, San Diego, 2009). Size: 2-3/16" x 2-7/8"
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies designed and printed by Patrick Reagh and bound by Mariana Blau.  A project of the Publications Committee of the Miniature Book Society.  Do you want to know how miniature books got started in Los Angeles?  How the Miniature Book Society was formed?  How one family stuck together and did big things in a small city that grew large?  Glen Dawson reveals all. (22) pp.  Half-title, decorations on the title page in red, 8 black-and-white photographic illustrations; text clean, unmarked.  Gilt-stamped red cloth, decorative end-papers; binding square and tight. {Notes by John Howell]



My Favorite Miniature Book by James F. De Lancey & Eight Other Collectors (Tamazunchale Press, Newton, MA, 1984). Size: 1.75" x 2.5"

The Scale of Genius: Charlotte Bronte's Miniature Archives by Barbara Heritage (Miniature Book Society, Middletown, OH, 2019). Size: 2-1/8" x 2-3/8" [Gift of Angel A.]






A Little History of Cocoa by Corinne Jacker (Traders Press, New York, 1967). Size: 2-3/8” by 2-7/8”

Indiana Authors compiled by The Kelmscott Bookshop (Baltimore, MD, 2019). Size: 2" x 2.5". Survey as Keepsake for the Miniature Book Society 2019 Conclave. Gift of Angel/MiniatureBooksUSA.

Pensées du XVIIe siècle (Andre Kundig, Geneva, 1975). Size : 1” x 1.5


The Hoosier Poet: James Whitcomb Riley by Patrice Miller (Aredian Press, Dallas, 2019). Size: 3" x 2.75". Keepsake for 2019 Miniature Book Society Conclave. Gift of Angel/MiniatureBooksUSA.


The Little Green Box: Memories from Elaine's Kitchen (no attributed author, Red Dog Press, Branchburg, N.J., 2019).Size: 3" x 2.75".  

Recipes. Keepsake for Miniature Book Society Conclave 2019. Gift of Angel/MiniatureBooksUSA.


The Great Western: The Saga of Sarah by Ward Schori (The Press of Ward Schori, Evanston, IL., 1994). Size: 2-5/8" x 2.25". Biography.



God’s Signature on Planet Earth by Francis Weber (Junipero Serra Press, 1934. 150 copies). Size: 2" x 2-7/8"

Gilt red leatherette by Mariana Blau. 13 pp. letterpress by Patrick Reagh; decorative endpapers; 1934 postage stamp frontispiece; in Apache folklore, God visited Earth shortly after its creation and returned to heaven only after He had left a distinct impression, the Grand Canyon.


Toward Equality In Our Schools. Mendez vs. Westminster by Francis J. Weber (El Camino Real Press ,Mission Hills, CA 2007). Size: 2” x 2-7/8”

 “Toward Equality” stamped in black on mustard yellow cloth cover and spine by Mariana Blau. Printed by Patrick Reage (Sebastopol, CA)



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POETRY:

Chinese Poems (The Hillside Press, 1971. 224/250 ur). Size: 2” x 2-3/8”


The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (Bukyko, Full English text). Size: 58 x 39 mm 





Recipe for Moon Tea by Gertrude S. Bridge; illustrations by C. Ernest Massman (REM Miniatures, 1986). Size: 1-5/16” x 2”

Half-moon shaped red cloth wrapper; pictorial label; original envelope. 12 pp., shape book; 3 hand-colored illustrations by Ernie Massmann; recipe is in the form of a poem 




Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Town Square Miniatures). Size: 0.5” x 0.75”


Matchbook, Vol. 4, Editor by Friedrich Kerksiek & Guest Editor Jessica Elsaesser (Small Fires Press, 2017). Size (folded): 1.75” x 1.5”. Poetry & Arts Journal. Enchanting.

 

Matchbook, Vol. 5, Editor by Friedrich Kerksiek & Guest Editor Michael Jeffrey Lee (Small Fires Press, 2019). Size (folded): 1.75” x 1.5”. Poetry & Arts Journal.



Laughing Up Your Sleeve by Ilo Orleans (Black Cat Press, Skokie, IL., 1984). Size: 2" x 2-5/8"




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RELIGION:

Religion also offers us this collection's smallest book, which had been the world's smallest engraved and printed book when it was released in 1950:

THE LORD'S PRAYER (Waldmann & Pfitzner, Germany, 1950). Size: 5x6 mm. 

Gilt black leather in original clear plastic case that swivels open. 14 pages in 7 languages. Each prayer is produced complete in offset printing on one page, preceded by a title page in the corresponding language; smallest engraved and printed book in the world at time of publication.




Jagganath Lord of the Universe, compiled by Dr. Sanjay Acharya in commemoration of Nabakalebara (MGM Foundation, India, 2015. Cabra leather). Size: 1.5” x 2"




PETIT PAROISSIEN (Paris, no date but with inscribed year of 1860). Size: 2.5” x 3-3/8”

Handsomely bound in brown, blind-stamped Morocco with its edges stained red and stamped with the repeating device of a small gilt-stamped cross. The edge has gold-stamped figures from the binder's work. It also has what seems to be a metal clasp but I don't know if that's a complete clasp. Lovely endpapers; book comes from the library of noted marbling scholar Phoebe Easton.











The Pocket Prayer Book (Regina Press, New York. Owner stamp of Michelle McGarry Graham). Size: 2-1/8” x 3”

Frontispiece of Jesus. A manual for Catholics.

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CHRISTMAS BOOKS:

A Warm and Fuzzy Christmas by Evelyn Beilenson & illustrated by Giordano (Peter Pauper Press, White Plains, N.Y., 2013). Size: 3.25” x 4”



The Friends' Night Before Christmas by Nina Edwards & Designed by Heather Zschock (Peter Pauper Press, White Plains, N.Y., 2003). Size: 3.25” x 4”



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OTHER:

2019 Miniature Book Society Conclave Keepsakes. Gift of Angel/MiniatureBooksUSA.





Mystical Places Press Thank-You Card to Miniature Book Collectors (from Karen Nyman Files, nd). Size: 3" x 1-7/8"



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RELATED TREASURES:

The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures by Irene Smit & Astrid van Der Hulst (Workman Publishing, New York, 2017). Size: 4.25" x 4.25". Gift of Melinda Luisa de Jesus.



The Way of the Jewish Mystics edited by Perle Besserman (Shambhala Pocket Classics, Boston & London, 1994). Size: 3" x 4.25". Gift of Zvi A. Sesling.


Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg  (Shambhala Pocket Classics, Boston & London, 1998). Size: 3" x 4.25". Gift of Zvi A. Sesling.


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P.S. I'm grateful to have these mini magnifiers!