Miniature Book News # 4: 1966 June Page: 7
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Even if you are not going to Amsterdam
this year, you might want to add some
of these fact-filled mini-guides to your
repertoire. Write Canadian Pacific Airlines,
29 South La Salle St., Chicago, Ill. for
copies. No charge. (They may grow to hate
us for that suggestion!!)
Mr. Walter Schatzki, eminent Rare
Book, Print, and Autograph dealer in New
York City, sends us word that he has recently
been appointed the distributer for
the tiny books published by Waldmann &
Pfitzner in Munich, Germany.
Four tiny tomes produced by this firm
were described in some detail in MBN #2,
FREEDOM OATH (Lincoln's Oath)
Each is printed in seven languages
and measure only 7/32 inches square!! They
are bound in morocco, and separately packaged
in a plexiglas container with inset
magnifying glass. Mr. Schatzki's bookshop
(153 East 57th St., New York 22, N.Y.) now
sells these items for $3.75 each, and the
four together in a most attractive mother-ofpearl-like
cassette for $17.50.
The Miniature Bookman, Box 1685, Coral
Gables, Florida. Recently mailed another
two page listing of 26 items.
Louis W. Bondy, 16 Little Russell St., LonW.
C. 1, England, has recently released
catalogue No. 68. This includes 146
miniature book items from the seventeenth
century to the present.
SCRIVENER OF THE LXIVmos
As was indicated in issue #1, the
present MBN was in part inspired by a similar
type of publication in the late 1920's
edited by James D. Henderson of Brookline,
Mass. Henderson composed 21 issues, almost
monthly from 1927 to 1929, of THE
NEWSLETTERS OF THE LXIVmos, and he
called himself the "scrivener." The LXIVmos
reads "64-mos", which is an antiquarian
book trade term (meaning 64 folds or
leaves to a single signature sheet) for books
about three inches in height or smaller.
Henderson was in the real-estate
business in Boston and his avocation was
collecting miniature books and newspapers
and writing about them. He was a fast friend
of Wilbur Macey Stone, many times referred
to as the "Dean" of microbibliophiles.
Stone himself wrote several articles for the
NEWSLETTERS. Henderson died about 1940,
but his vast collection has been kept intact,
we understand, by his son who resides also
In 1930, Henderson had privately
printed a little treatise by the bookselling
firm of Tondeur & Sauberlich in Leipzig,
Germany in an edition of 260 copies. Not
surprisingly the title was: MINIATURE
BOOKS. It is a most enlightening, entertaining,
and refreshing work, and we want
to share it with our readers. Because of its
length, it will be divided into three parts,
one part below and the others to follow
in the next issues of MBN.
I know of no better way to preface
this little story than to quote from a sermon
preached in Boston about a year ago
on the subject of "Hobbies." The speaker
questioned as follows: "What is the purpose
of life - to find happiness and share
it? Possible! Surely it would seem that
among other things we are all placed here
to work. We believe in work all of us, at
least those of us who are normal. There
are few who are content to be parasites.
Of course, if we could all find the work
which appeals to us we should be indeed
happy for when we are interested in our
work we can do it better, more accurately.
We can produce more. But unfortunately
most of us are placed so that we cannot
at will change our occupations. That holds
true of both employer and employee. We
cannot surrender because we prefer some
other kind of work, but no matter how we
are employed all of us have hours, and
often days of leisure, times when we can
and do put these daily tasks aside. But
Life's great tragedy lies in the fact that
we have not learned to use our leisure
Here’s what’s next.
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Edison, Julian I. Miniature Book News # 4: 1966 June, periodical, 1966; St. Louis, Missouri. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9459/m1/7/: accessed January 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections.