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The Greatest of E’s by Jim Yarnell.   Wichita KS: Oak Park Press, 1985.


106 pp. letterpress in 7 colors; decorative endpapers; the history of the alphabet with emphasis on its most commonly used letter, 45 illustrations showing the variety of designers’ approaches to the drawing of the letter “E”, signed & numbered.  Bound in gilt & blind-stamped burgundy leather; title on spine.

A limited edition of 300 copies.  Measures 2-7/8″ x 2-3/8″.  Very fine condition.

Jim Yarnell of Oak Park Press had multiple talents – writing, book design, handset type, letterpress printing and binding.  In Twentieth Century United States Miniature Books, Bradbury states, “In The Greatest of E’s, Yarnell demonstrates his printing skills.  This illustrated book is about the letter “E”.  Yarnell follows this letter through what he describes as its long and perilous journey, illustrating many of the forms, classic and grotesque, that it has taken at the hand of the designers.  The separate press runs for each color of the seven 16-page sections meant that a single copy of the book required 110 impressions!  All this was done on a hand-fed press.”

Regular price is $80.   This week only:  $64 + $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 1,400 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.

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Catalog 75 – November 1, 2018, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  January 3, 2019

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Bookbinding Class 2012

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