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Book of the Week

(June  21 – 27)











Haiku Broadsides by Frank Ankenbrand, Jr. (editor).  New Britain CT: REM Miniatures, 1967


A set of 5 miniature haiku broadsides individually printed on Japanese Bokuryu paper, then folded into a paper wrapper.  Each wrapper has a numbered printed label with the name of the poet. All 5 broadsides fit into a multi-folded wrap with 4 printed labels: a title page, 2-page introduction and a colophon.  This assembly then slides perfectly into the pale yellow paper slipcase with paper pagoda illustration.

The 5 haikus were written by Frank Ankenbrand, Harold Henderson, Nicholas Virgilio, Clement Hoyt and Thomas Harkins.

A limited edition of 200 copies on Japanese Bokuryu marbled paper and each copy is numbered.  Each folded broadside measures 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″.  Slipcase measures 2-1/8″ x 2-1/2″.  Fine condition.

Robert E. Massmann, proprietor of REM Miniatures is well known for the variety of his creations and this charming set of haikus is a prime example of his ingenuity.  Massmann designed it, typeset it for offset lithography, did the artwork and bound it by hand.  Other REM haiku creations include a Scroll of Birthday Haiku, also published in 1967, and in 1968 he issued Haiku Broadsides, Series II, identical in format to today’s offering.

Regular price is $38.  This week only $30+ $4 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.

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