Miniature Book News #107: 2000 December Page: 4
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NEALE ALBERT AND
One of the engaging presentations
at the Miniature Book Society Conclave
in Rutland, Vermont in September
was Neale Albert's showing and
discussion of some of his beautiful
We followed this exhibit up recently
with a visit to Neale's lovely apartment
in New York where he showed me
more of his fantastic miniature bindings
and also discussed how he became
interested in this subject and miniature
Neale started with admiring and then
commissioning miniature rooms. His
law firm stationed him in London in
the late 1980s where he became
enamored of a particular pub named
the Faulkland Arms, which is in a
small village called Great Tew. He
commissioned a craftsman, Peter
Mattinson, to replicate this pub in
miniature in every detail, including
patrons! This charming miniature
room, measuring 33"W, X23"D, X9"H
stands in his cozy library above a large
Later he visited the Clivedon Estate
with his wife Margaret on a weekend
and fell in love with the library there.
Clivedon is one of the beautiful British
Trust Estates, located west of London.
The inventive and adventuresome
Neale invited a dollhouse couple he
knew, Kevin and Susan Mulvaney,
to come over for tea and commissioned
them on the spot to craft a miniature
replica of the Clivedon Library.
A library needs books-right? Neale
met Tim Sheppard, one of England's
present-day miniature book publishers,
at the London Dollhouse Festival.
This meeting led to real miniature
books and to the Miniature Book Society.
He filled up the Clivedon Library replica
with real miniature books and by 1993-4
was hooked on dollhouse books.
Eventually, Neale came into contact
with Katherine Rickard, a prolific
minibibliophile and also publisher who
had been the recipient of a large
miniature book bequest from her friend
Doris Welsh, who died in 1991 (see
MBN 72 for more about Rickard).
From Rickard, whom Neale never
met, he purchased many more dollhouse
Neale Albert showing one of his designer bindings at the MBS Conclave 18 in
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