Miniature Book News #104: 2000 March Page: 8
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Sir Winston Churchill. 1953, Aldington
Kent, the Hand & Flower Press. Bound
by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Copy 406/500.
This little treasure is in crushed
morocco, elaborately gilt, a.e.g.; and
is a dead ringer for the bijous published
by Archie St. Onge. In fact, when
Archie showed me the first copy I
had seen, he was steaming, because
he was sure this was a knock-off of
his work. I told him, with little effect,
that if it was, he should consider it
the sincerest form of flattery. He
thought it was a horrible example
- I think it is beautiful.
30. Childe Harold: by George Gordon
Lord Byron. Venice, S. Rosen, 1906.
This is one of Rosen's standard texts,
nicely printed, as usual. What makes
it a favorite for me is the vellum
binding, elaborately lettered and
illuminated in gold and colors. I don't
know how many may have been done
like this, but I have never seen another
31. Officium B.M.V. secundum regulam
This is a 15th century Latin manuscript
on 195 vellum leaves, written in red
and black, with two full page miniatures
(Adoration and Crucifixion), and an
opening initial with a miniature painting
of Madonna and Child. Leaves are
3 1/4" X 2 1/4". The very old likely
contemporary, elaborately blind-stamped
leather binding, is 3 5/8" X 2 5/8".
With no apologies to anybody, I am
calling this a miniature.
32. New England Calendar by Asa
Cheffetz. Evanston, Schori Press,
This little one-of-a-kind book, with
printed title page, foreward, and title
page, was published for Paul Kieser,
and bound by Donna Josefina Diez,
of Madrid. It contains a set of twelve
tiny New England woodcuts, interleaved
with tissue, and is in a binding unequaled
in its elegance; morocco elaborately
gilt, with raised bands, leather hinges,
and inner gilt dentelles, and silk
brocaded endleaves. It has a cameo
set in the cover, surrounded by seed
pearls. It is encased in a matching
solander case, lined with the same
silk as the endleaves, and recessed
to take the raised cover decorations.
33. In 1983 Helene Sherman did an
alphabet poster, which was reproduced
and printed in black and white. Then
she colored and illuminated individual
letters by commission, for owners
of the posters. The original was colored
and illuminated completely, and is
For my retirement in 1983 she gave
me a poster with letters colored and
illuminated to make the message she
wanted to convey. Then she did them
again on another poster I could cut
up, so I could make myself a book,
accordion-fold, with pages 3" square.
I bound it in leatherette, with a floral
endleaf. The message is "PS I LOVE
U RM." The letters are illustrated
with birds, flowers, animals, bees,
etc., and are absolute masterpieces
of the art of calligraphy and
34. In 1984 Helene did another poster.
This one contained the numbers, one
through zero, plus six extra plates
of flowers, shells, other creatures,
other tiny panels, plus the old quotation,
"All things wise and wonderful, The
Lord God made them all." Each number
square also had a creature whose name
began with the same letter as the
digit: 1- opossum, 2- toads, 3- turtle,
etc. She completely colored and
illuminated two of the posters for
me to cut up; which I bound up as
two 2-volume sets (3" square pages,
accordion-fold), one for Joseph Curran
and one for myself. They could not
be more special or more beautiful.
There are of course many, many other
tiny books which I adore, but there
is a limit of time for writing, and
space in the MBN. This project gave
me an opportunity to go over my
collection in its entirety, which I don't
do often enough.
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