Miniature Book News #106: 2000 September Page: 4
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- Fromme's Rokoko Kalender (published
from 1894 to 1934)
- Calendrier Rococo
- Wiener Portemonnaie Kalender
(Vienna Purse Calendar)
- Auslandischer Trachten Almanack
(Foreign Costume Almanac)
- Kleinar Lieblings Kalender
- Portemonnaie-Kalender (Purse Calendar)
- Finger Kalender Fur das Jahr....
- Kompendioser Sackkalender (...
- Almanach auf das Jahr ...
American miniature almanacks
were produced in the early 1800s mostly
in Boston, other New England states
and New York. About 3 inches in
height, these usually paper wrapper
bound items were titled Miniature
Almanac for the Year of Our Lord...
Later American miniature calendars
did not seem to have the general vogue
as the earlier European ones. Most
were more like calendars, with less
information as almanacs had.
And also, many of the American
productions were used as advertising
aids and thus had the advertising
company names in the titles.
Perhaps the most prolific run was
the Hazeltine and Piso Almanacs that
were produced from 1879 to 1918 (more
information about these may be found
in MBN 3, 10 and 85).
This article is intended to show some
of the diverse range of titles that
have been used in the profusion of
miniature almanacs and calendars
that have been published for useful
information purposes, as trinkets for
gifts, and as advertising aids over
the centuries. We have not covered
Dutch, Swedish, Italian and other
countries, but we plan to have articles
about several aspects of this interesting
genre of the miniature book world.
MBS CONCLAVE XVII
A most active, interesting and well
attended "GRAND" Conclave Eighteen
of the Miniature Book Society took
place at Rutland, Vermont on September
Jon Mayo, head of Tuttle Antiquarian
Books, Inc. of Rutland, and publisher
of The Microbibliophile, was the genial
This conclave was the first on U.S.
soil in two years, as the 1999 session
was held in Koblenz, Germany. Well
over 100 participants attended, including
folks from Russia, Australia, Canada,
the U.K., Hungary, Slovenia, and
The conclave itself followed the usual
format including the annual meeting,
a New England buffet dinner, book
auction, swap meet, book fair, awards
banquet, plus a most interesting array
of workshops. These and other aspects
will no doubt be more fully reported
on in the MBS Newsletter.
The workshops included sessions with
Bob Massmann demonstrating the
actual binding of a miniature book,
Neale Albert showing and talking about
some of the incredible book bindings
he has commissioned, Paul Devenyi
discussing the Hungarian post-war
miniature book explosion, Jill Timm
on the relationship of photography,
art, design and miniature bookmaking,
Stuart Copans and Audrey Arellanes
on bookplates, Donna Thomas
demonstrating the making of shaped
books, Australian bookbinders John
and Joy Tonkins showing slides of
the book arts "Down Under."
We do not have the room to report
on all of these workshops. However,
we include a synopsis of Paul Devenyi's
review of the Hungarian miniature
book phenomenon in this MBN issue.
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Edison, Julian I. Miniature Book News #106: 2000 September, periodical, 2000; St. Louis, Missouri. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9392/m1/4/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections.