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(December 5 – December 11)

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The Ten Commandments.  Los Angeles CA: Bela Blau, 1965.

This tiny edition of The Ten Commandments was issued in a variety of bindings.  Six of the variations are offered this week.  Each is bound in gilt-stamped leather.  There are 25 pages letterpress-printed with a frontispiece illustration of Moses.  The text of the commandments is taken from Exodus 20: 3-17 and is clearly printed and legible.  Measures a mere 1″ x 3/4″.

You have your choice while supply lasts:

  1.  Navy blue leather with outline of tablet on front cover; marbled endpapers
  2.  Orange leather with ornate gilt-stamping on front cover; dainty floral endpapers
  3.  Green leather with outline of tablet on front cover; marbled endpapers
  4.  Black leather with ornate gilt-stamping on front cover; dainty floral endpapers
  5.  Black leather with outline of tablet on front cover; marbled endpapers
  6.  Burgundy leather with ornate gilt-stamping on front cover; dainty floral endpapers

Bela Blau was a printer and binder who came from Hungary to Los Angeles in 1956.  He was a master craftsman and used the finest leathers, tiny head-bands and proper endpapers.  His attention to detail assures you of a fine binding.  Mariana Blau continues his work and has bound several publications for the Miniature Book Society.

Regular price:  $30.  This week only:  $24 + $3 to mail.  (Please specify item number)

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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.

There are 2 ways to shop on this website…on the STORE page, you will see photos and detailed descriptions of selected miniature books.  There is a shopping cart on the STORE page, and you can pay for these books with PayPal, if you wish.  If you prefer, you can order by phone or email and mail a check.

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 2,300 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 San Diego.

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

Catalog 64 – November 1, 2016, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  January 1, 2017

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

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

Recipient of the Glasgow Cup Award in 2012 and the Norman Forgue Award in 2010.