Miniature Book Society Newsletter 1998 April Page: 4
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Esther K. Beamer
501 S. La Posada Circle
Green Valley, AZ 85614
Editor Valentine Poska,
Here I am, nearing 90, and still collecting
miniature books! I started in the mid-fifties with the
guidance of Ruth Adomeit. We both lived in Cleveland.
Our dads were members of a very exclusive men's club, the
members of which wrote, collected or spoke about book
collecting. Ruth took me under her wing and gave me
many precious oldies and sent info my way about books
that were for sale. I expected to keep my collection in a
Well, . . . today I have over a thousand books
in converted clock cases which hans on my living room
wall. I love everyone of the thousand!
I now live in a fine retirement complex (La
Posada, near Tucson) which gives me a steady audience
whenever I want to show books, say on Love, or
Patriotism, or Recipes, or of just one author, etc. I
recently put on a one-man show of Dambrosio books and
then one of religious and humorous miniatures to a
women's group. I put the chairs into an oval arrangement
so that the books could be passed easily. Soon I'll be
doing one for AAUW on "collectibles" in which I will
include tiny ARIEL books of Andrews & McMeel of
Kansas City. One I especially like is "The Birthday
Book-a Treasury for Women." I'll end this note by
quoting one of Jack Benny's comments in it that I
especially like: "Age is strictly a case of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter!"
You're doing a fine job! I read every issue with
pleasure, from cover to cover! Thank you!O
GLORIA STUART3S IMPRENTA GLORIAS PRESS
by Robert F. Hanson
It happened at about 11:00 p.m. on February, 26,
1998 when I met the charming, gracious, lovely and older
Gloria Stuart. I was watching the Charlie rose interview
program on PBS when the host introduced Miss Stuart to
his audience. Why was she on the show? After many
years of film appearances, dating from 1932, Gloria Stuart
was cast as "Old Grace" Calvert, the 101-year-old fictional
survivor in the mega-hit movie, 'Titanic." She shared the
one-character role with the leading lady, Kate Winslet-a
twenty-something actress from England.
To familiarize the television viewers with Miss
Stuart's earlier work, a film clip was shown in which she
starred opposite Claude Raines in 'The Invisible Man."
And it was a delight to hear her reminisce about movie
stars like Groucho Marx, George Burns, Charlie Ruggles,
Charlie Butterworth, and Humphrey Bogart.
As the program ended, and Gloria Stuart had
finished telling of her decades-old painting hobby, Charlie
Rose picked up a miniature book and asked if she had
printed it. She replied that she had a small hand press at
home. Unfortunately, he failed to mention the book's title,
anything about its story, or the details of its publication.
However, I am certain the book's title was
BOATING WITH BOGART written by Gloria Stuart and
published by her Imprenta Glorias Press. The book itself
measure 3 x 21 inches, contains forty-eight pages with
seven full-page illustrations, printed on blue paper and
bound in pastepaper boards with a paper spine label. Only
one hundred copies were printed by Robin Price and
signed by the author/publisher in 1993. The price of the
book, which was offered by Dawson's Book Shop (List No.
194) was set at $175. I send a special note of thanks to
Dawson's Book Shop for its courtesy in sending me the
Contents of the book is a:
Comic story about four couples who
rented John Barrymore's former
yacht over the Labor Day weekend of
1938 for a cruise to Catalina Island
off the coast of Los Angeles.
Humphrey Bogart was an
experienced sailor, but there were
numerous mishaps due to the poor
condition of the boat.
To continue the specifications of this miniature
book, the binding was by San Diego bookbinder and
Miniature Book Society member, Allwyn O'Mara.
Illustrations were done by the Late Ward Ritchie. He and
Miss Stuart were close friends, and he also designed the
other book, published in 1994, from Imprenta Glorias
Press, REMEMBERING CASABLANCA by Julius J.
Epstein, a former screenwriter.
In 1995, Ward Ritchie was honored on the
occasion of his 90th birthday by over 220 movers and
shakers of the California book world. He was 'The Book
Club of California's member of longest standing," and was
a close friend of the late Jake Zeitlin, seller of rare books
in Los Angeles, and Lawrence Clark Powell, author of
many books on the southwest and former librarian at
UCLA. At the party, Gloria Stuart told several funny
anecdotes about her printing colleague and dear friend,
Ward, who died, I believe, in 1997. I would be pleased to
correspond with Gloria Stuart if only I had her address.
(Ed. Note: Robert F. Hanson is the Founder of THE
MICROBIBLIOPHILE A Bimonthly Journal About
Miniature Books who currently lives in Albuquerque, New
The Gleniffer Press, founded in 1968 at Paisley
in Renfrewshire is now respected throughout the world as
publishers of quality limited edition Miniature Books.
These tiny printed gems are now sought after by a growing
band of Microbibliophiles.
The Gleniffer press has featured several times
in the Guinness Book of Records for having printed the
smallest books ever seen. Three Blind Mice' measuring
some 1.5 millimeters is still the smallest letterpress printed
Miniature Book Society, Inc. Newsletter * April, 1998 * Page 4
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