Miniature Book Society Newsletter 1998 April Page: 7
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EITrFERS - Before Charleston and After -
(Editor's Note Ralf Quast, who is handling the
arrangements for Conclave XVII in Germany, sent a
message to Pat Baldwin via the internet. He asks us to
"correct" any mistakes in the text, which I think is a
delightful mixture of electronic communication and secondlanguage
English. Here it is practically untouched with its
Here is my first article for the MBS Quarterly
1/98: Koblenz 1999 Part One.
This is number one of six articles leading to
Conclave XVII, which will be held in my home town of
First I want to remember me that the person
which motivated me, to hold next year's Conclave, was
Ruth Adomeit and it's sad that she will not be with us in
That Conclave will be a rare one. It will be the
third conclave outside the United States. It will be the
second in Europe. And it will be the first one outside the
Anglo-American area (but with no doubt with English as
the Conclave language). So, that Conclave will be another
test for the internationality of our Miniature Book Society,
and I hope we can stand it!
My articles shall give informations to the
Conclave and to the country.
The Conclave will not be held on the Bank
Holiday weekend in September. That's for two good
1. Conclave XVII will be the opportunity to
reach European members of our Society which never
attempt a Conclave because September is mostly out of the
European summer core, and Koblenz is quite central for
the whole of Europe.
2. The weekend where it shall be is August 12th
to 15th. On August 13th is the highlight of the summer
season in Koblenz. It is called The Rhine in Flames"
which is a 13 miles boat-procession which is topped by a
thirty minute long huge fireworks. This is a happening
which pulls up to half a million people to Koblenz from
around the world. So be there and watch this from the top
of the hotel, which is right in front of the scene.
No, every article shall feed you with some
information about Germany and Koblenz:
Germany is one of the four leading
industrial states in the world. And
the history of Koblenz goes back up
to nine yearsbefore the zero point of
our time, which is the year of birth of
Jesus of Nazareth, where it was
founded by the Romans.
In the moment I'm planning a one-week trip
through this beautiful and historical region. Based on our
Conclave hotel, we will have the opportnity to see famous
wineyards (eg., Bernkastel-Kues area), castles (e.g., the
Marksburg, which was one to one copied for a theme-park
in Japan) and cities like Cologne and Trier, the oldest city
in Germany, which was the north capital of the Roman
Empire, with still a lot to see in original).
Well, I think that's a nice snack for the
beginning. So keep yourself in a good shape and we'll see
us first in Charleston and next year in Koblenz/Germany.
(Editor's P.: Ralf is listed in our directory.)
CATALOGS RECEIVED -
* Michael Garbett: a Catalogue of Miniature Books. No.
16 January 1988. 103 Items, many illustrated in color
Over Court Mews, Over Lane
Almonsbury, Bristol BS 12 4 DG
Telephone/FAX: 01454 617376
* List #981. No miniatures, but books on design, book
selling, bookplates, fine printing, recognizable people like
Bruce Rogers, the Eltons, etc. One specific book on
No. 72. William Loring Andrews.
SEXTODECIMOS ET INFRA. NY Charles Scribner's
Sons, 1899. Octavo xiii, 117 pp. Gilt-stamped stiff
wrappers, in the original paper chemise and slipcase. 27
color and black and white plates reproducing miniature
books in their actual size. One of 140 copies printed in
English handmade plate paper. A lovely and important
reference on miniature books, with illustrations in
Miniature Book Society, Inc. Newsletter * April, 1998 * Page 7
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