Miniature Book News #105: 2000 June Page: 1


Number 105 8 St. Andrews Dr., St. Louis, Mo. 63124 June, 2000
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A very unusual use of miniature books,
perhaps a first as the theme and object
for a charity sales event, took place
at Sotheby's in London on March 28.
The "999 Club" was established at
the request of local residents of
Deptford in Southeast London 7 years
ago to give help to "the most vulnerable
members of the community," including
illiterates, single parent families,
and those with endless domestic, medical
and housing problems.
One of the 999 Club's board members
came up with the idea of asking a
number of distinguished contemporary
British authors, politicians and
celebrities (almost 50 as it turned
out) to write and illustrate miniature
books to be sold at a special auction.
The proceeds would be used to help
fund a new building and ongoing
operational costs.
A prestigious "Auction of Miniature
Books Committee" of patrons and
members was formed, Sotheby's was
enlisted, and the group went to work
to organize the event. The books
were made with blank leaves, bound
in leather by a local binder, and then
were given out to the selected authors.
The result was a clever and sometimes
witty group of stories, thoughts, poems
and even two recipes, several of which
were illustrated in color.
Among the several acknowledgements
made in the program was one to Michael
Garbett, well- known miniature book
dealer in England, for his "specialist
knowledge of the world of miniature
books, has been of inestimable value."
Some of the distinguished authors
who wrote and illustrated their miniature
books were:
- Dame Barbara Cartland, doyen of

romantic novelists, who recently
died 'at age 98. With 723 novels
to her credit, according to People
Magazine, she was the most widely
published author in the world!
- Alec Guinness, the renowned British
- The late Cardinal Hume, Archbishop
of Westminister, who signed his
book during his final illness.
- Prime Minister John Major.
- Andrew Motion, the British Poet
- Muriel Spark, author best known
for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

- Tom Stoppard, one

of Britain's leading

Front cover from Sotheby's Auction
Catalogue of March 28, 2000.


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Edison, Julian I. Miniature Book News #105: 2000 June, periodical, 2000; St. Louis, Missouri. ( accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library,; crediting UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections.