Miniature Book News # 69: 1991 June Page: 1
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MINIATURE BOOK NEWS
Number 69 16 Dromara Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63124 June, 1991
RECENT MB EXHIBITIONS
Two exhibitions of miniature books
in the first half of 1991 are of interest
to microbibliophiles. One was held in
Brussels, Belgium in February/March,
and the second was held in New York,
USA, from March to May. Guus
Thurkow, owner of The Catharijne
Press in Zuilichem, The Netherlands,
and his wife Luce attended the Brussels
affair and we are grateful for his
report. Following Thurkow's report, I
will review the New York exhibit which
'Petits formats relies' in the
The 'Bibliotheca Wittockiana', founded by
Michel Wittock and situated in Brussels,
Belgium, is a relatively small but very important
library specializing in book-bindings. The library
possesses, in addition to a collection of over a
thousand (mainly) renaissance-bookbindings, a
large reference-library on the subject.
First of all Luce and I were exulted by the
building, which can probably be best described
as is mentioned in the documentation we got:
'The Belgium architect Emmanuel de Callatay
designed and realized a building according the
sensitivity of a bibliophile; surroundings of
rough stone and concrete of a Jansenistic
simplicity and only decorated by a few sober
modern sculptures in stone'. In my own words:
A wonder of modern architecture; a halfunderground
fortress in which the treasures of
mankind are kept. A miracle!
Secondly we were struck by the referencelibrary;
over 3000 books on bookbinding(s), all
finely and almost identically bound. An antiquarian
Last but not least, the exhibition, organized by
'les Amis de la Reliure d'Art' and held from 9
February until 30 March, 1991. A collection of
218 small books in designers bindings, for which
a maximum size of 144 cm square was required.
During our visit we mainly restricted ourselves to
the 3-inch limit books, amongst which we saw
many well-known names of binders and books
from all over the world. We were especially fond
of a skillfully made and rather romantic binding
by Frantisek Kusy (Czechoslovakia, nr.123), a
very fine silver necklace with a small book in
kangaroo-skin by Sun Evrard (France, nr.65), an
extremely fine leather binding with leather onlays
on our own 'The Song of Songs' by Silvia Rennie
(USA, nr.165), a very modern and colourful
leather binding, geometrically decorated, by
Jean-Luc Honegger (Switzerland, nr.93) and a
Fragile I, 1983, by Marilyn Rosenberg. A unique copy of an accordion book with
cut paper and collaged pages, in a slipcase. One of the books shown in The Center
For Book Arts Exhibit, New York. See accompanying article.
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