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Specimens, From Rags to Rushes by Jim Yarnell.  Wichita KS: Oak Park Press, 1983.


64 pp. letterpress in at least 6 colors; profusely illustrated by author; 12 specimens of handmade paper – from blue jeans,  dollar bills and corn husks, for example – with descriptions of the papermaking process for each; a Bradbury 100.  Bound in gilt brown morocco with title on spine.  Measures 2-5/8″ x 1-7/8″.  Very fine condition.  Limited edition of 200 copies.

Jim Yarnell of Oak Park Press had multiple talents involving the entire bookmaking process: writing, book design, original artwork, handmade paper, handset type, letterpress printing, and binding.  Of the 7 miniatures he published, Specimens, From Rags to Riches, makes the best use of all his talents, adding humor to the mix.  Yarnell wrote, “Specimens is a book about paper and some of the surprising things it can be made of…rags such as cotton, silk and linen; others from growing plants such as cattails and corn.  One specimen is composed of officially shredded 5-dollar bills, recycled.  Each is described and illustrated by original drawings in color.”  An especially beautiful and well-crafted book.

Regular price is $125.   This week only:  $99 + $3 to mail.   SOLD OUT

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Miniature books are my only business.  From antiquarian rarities to modern artist books, I offer limited editions, micro-miniatures, thumb Bibles, children’s books, ABC books, books on books, etc., etc.  Beautiful books of virtually every genre are available in miniature format.

On the CATALOGS page, you can view pdf versions of over 65 catalogs.  My most recent e-catalogs are on this page.  The e-catalogs are emailed to collectors worldwide and the books tend to sell quickly.  In addition to e-catalogs, there are catalogs listed by publisher and also some specialty catalogs.  It is easy to order a book from any catalog…just call or email me.

There are approximately 1,800 miniature books in my inventory… feel free to ask if you are looking for a specific book. You are also welcome to visit my miniature book library on your next trip to the San Diego area.

If you would like to receive my e-catalogs on the day of issue, please contact me.

Catalog 70 – January 2, 2018, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  March 1, 2018

Boston Conclave GoddardEnjoying the atmosphere at the MBS Boston Conclave, Goddard Library, Clark University


I am  a member of the Zamorano Club, the Valverde Society, and the Miniature Book Society (MBS).  For information on joining MBS, go to the MBS WEBSITE .

Recipient of the Miniature Book Society’s Glasgow Cup Award in 2012 and the Norman Forgue Award in 2010.