Miniature Book News #107: 2000 December Page: 6
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article he was editing. Here is the
catalogue description of this unusual item:
259 Tavannes, Swiss, case No.
678300, circa 1920.
Fine and unusual 18K gold
form watch in the shape of a
book containing a
miniature copy of the Koran.
C. Three-body, the hinged back
engraved with a view of Mecca, with
an opening in the center to reveal
the Koran. When opened, a
miniature Koran inside a
compartment is revealed, with a
loop at the top for use as a pendant.
D. Silvered with applied gold Arabic
numerals, small, rectangular minute
ring. M. 6 x 11"', cal. 68,
rectangular with cut-out corners,
straight-line lever escapement, cut
bimetallic, compensation balance,
blued-steel Breguet balance spring.
Signed on the dial and the movement.
Dim. 22 x 31 mm.
Looking at the photographs it would appear
that the miniature book is a copy of the
leatherbound Koran published by David
Bryce. This would make VanDewerker's
observation quite correct that the major
value is in the gold watch itself. It is
interesting to note that the final price
realized was about 20 (twenty!) times the
WOW-- some people will go to any
expense to keep track of the time!!
MORE ON BOREMAN
A very rare and unusual copy of Curiosties In the
Tower of London by Thomas Boreman was
recently offered for sale at Sotheby's in London.
The catalogue write-up explains the item and its
significance, and we reprint it here (with a few
technical references omitted in the notes section):
Boreman, Thomas. Curiosities In the Tower of
London. Vol. 1(of 2). Tho. Boreman, 1741, FIRST
EDITION, SECOND ISSUE, 59 by 46mm.,
woodcut frontipiece and 13 ful-page illustrations,
Watch face, back cover, and Koran whichfits inside this unusual 18k gold book case.
Actual size, c. 1920.
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