Miniature Book Society Newsletter 1998 April Page: 9
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Pat Baldwin - Webmaster
Suzanne Pruchnicki - Chair
ARCHIVES: Evron Collins - Chair
Frank Anderson - Chair
Donn Sandford - Chair
Dr. Paul Devenyi
Loretta Gentile - Chair
Gayle Roberts-Cullen - Chair
James and Joan Lorson - Chair
Val Poska - Chair
Msgr. Francis J. Weber
Eileen Cummings - Chair
Margaret Class - Chair
Peter Thomas - Display/Maintenance
Marnie look - Booking
Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the most
voracious readers in history. He ordered that books be
sent to him wherever he traveled and consumed some
twenty volumes a day. At the battle of Waterloo, even
with the weight of the world on his shoulders, the speed
reader had a mobile library of 800 books. He favored
volumesof history, religion, philosophy, geography, classics,
plays, epic poetry, tragedy, and novels - and the works of
Homer, Lucan, Tasso, and Machiavelli. But if a book did
not stir the book gourmand's interest within the first few
pages, he would toss it out of his carriage or into the fire.
The "Little Corporal" once ordered his personal
librarian to produce a mobile library of 3,000 books of five
to six hundred pages each, printed in miniature size on thin
paper without margins and bound with the thinnest
possible boards with loose backs so they would open
perfectly flat. The books were to be specially corrected
and edited by literary scholars to excise any useless
He also once ordered a descriptive inventory
catalogue of the library, indexing the best, and specified
that the books be packaged in thirty-three cases containing
three rows of thirty-three volumes each. If produced, the
library would have cost a half million francs (about $6
million today) - all at government expense.
His librarian conveniently misplaced the request.
Courtesy of John Schneider,
Pasana, Marynd and Publishers
of BIBUO MAGAZINE
Napo on's Fate
In the Bryce Ellen Terry editions (17A x 1YA
inches) is a volume called Napol6on's BOOK OF
FATE-a translation of a book obtained from the
Napoleon Cabinet of Curiosities at Leipsic' during the
confusion which reigned there after the defeat of the
French army. It was held by him as a sacred treasure and
Miniature Book Society, Inc. Newsletter * April, 1998 * Page 9
Robert Massmann - Chair
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