Miniature Book News #106: 2000 September Page: 2
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miniature book field. They also overlook the fact
that many of these annual volumes are of considerable
literary or artistic interest and occasionally
contain the first or even only editions of
poetry or prose written by well-known authors.
France is perhaps the country where the art of the
almanac reached its highest peak. A significant
proportion of these publications were produced in
miniature format and often reduced to such small
sizes that they are now classified as almanachs
Given the wide publication of many
different editions of these almanacs,
it was not hard to understand that
they have been produced with a variety
of titles. That is the purpose of this
article, to identify many of these
titles, mostly European and American,
that we know about:
We have the before mentioned London
almanacks, published every year from
the late 17th century to the early 20th
Other English titles of miniature
- English Bijou Almanac (c.1840s)
- Tilt's Miniature Almanac (19th20th
- Tilt's Useful Almanac
- Victoria Miniature Almanac (19th
- Arrowsmith's Pearl Almanac
- Parker's Miniature Almanac
- Callwell's Miniature Almanac
- Wood's Miniature Almanac
- A Miniature Calendar and Stamp
- Pocket Calendar
- Schloss's English Bijou Almanac
As Bondy said, the art of the almanac
reached its highest peak in France.
Roger Castaing wrote a lengthy article
for the Bulletin Du Bibliophile in 1959,
entitled "Almanachs Minuscules
Francais." This article listed about
100 titles of the tiny (1 1/8" tall), mostly
64-page, attractively Morocco bound
books produced in Paris by Marcilly,
Jubert, Janet, LeFuel and others from
1765 to 1850. (MBN 57,58 and 74 contain
articles about these minuscules).
Some of these cute titles:
- Babioles Amusantes (Trinkets Amusing)
- Calendrier De La Jeunesse (Calendar
of Young People)
- Le Bijou Des Enfans (Jewel of Children)
- Chausonnier Lilliputien (Lilliputian
- Ic Joujou Amusant (TheAmusing
- Le Petit Gastronome (The Little
- Le Petit Tresor (The Little Treasure)
- Plaisir et Gaite (Pleasure and Gaity)
And then there is a large group
of slightly larger French Almanachs,
measuring 2 1/2 inches tall which
contain 12 full page engraved plates,
one for each month, showing
contemporary life, courting couples,
costumes, etc. Some of these titles
are Le Calendrier de Minerve (Calendar
of Minerve), L'Ecole de la Modestie
(The School of Modesty), Les Douceurs
de la Nature (The Sweets of Nature),
Le Triomphe de l'Espirit (The Triumph
of the Spirit), etc.
Germany and Austria have seen the
flowering of miniature almanacks
from the late 18th century to the
present, with a multiplicity of titles,
- Hand Calender auf das Jahr...
- Taschen Kalender (i.e. Pocket Calendar)
- Trachten Kalender (Festival Calendar,
or Costume Calendar)
- Wahrhafter Immerwahrender Calender
(A Truly Everlasting Calendar)
- Fromme's Wiener Portemonnaie
Kalender (published in Vienna for
nearly 100 years by Carl Fromme)
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