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Mr. H in America by Wallace Nethery.  Los Angeles CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1981.

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23 pp. letterpress by Wallace Nethery; frontispiece by Pall Bohne plus 2 additional illustrations.   Printed by the author from zinc plates made by Pall Bohne.  A brief history of the failure of Charles Lamb’s 1813 comical play Mr. H; or Beware a Bad Name in Drury Lane, and its relative success in America.  Bound in gilt green leather by Bela Blau.  A limited edition of 150 copies.  Very fine condition.  Measures 2-7/8″ x 2-1/8″.

Wallace Nethery was a southern California librarian, bibliophile, historian, and hobby printer.  His collecting tastes focused on Charles Lamb.  In addition to Mr. H in America, he wrote and letterpress printed eleven other miniature books published by Dawson’s including Charles Lamb’s Town and Country Revisited, In Search of Max Beerbohn, Saul Marks Printer, Max & G. K. C., A Dissertation on Gravity, A Victorian Idyll and Elia Yet Again.  Glen Dawson called Nethery one of “southern California’s pioneer printing greats”.

In 1955, Nethery bought a Kelsey Co. miniature press and he set up a print shop in his home.  With the help of his wife Corey, over the course of nearly 40 years, the Netherys printed approximately 51 books and pamphlets, mostly miniatures.  Twenty-five were miniatures with his personal imprint and they were sold at Dawson’s Book Shop.  Wallace Nethery died in 1996, in the middle of printing his last miniature book Pastorale, a tale of his youth.

Regular price is $30.  This week only $24 + $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.

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

Catalog 77 ~ March 1, 2019, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  May 1, 2019

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Bookbinding Class 2012

I am  a member of 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.