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Formats and Foibles by by Walter Hart Blumenthal.  Worcester MA: Achille J. St. Onge, 1956

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105 pp. letterpress by The Chiswick Press of London on handmade paper; decorative endpapers.  Poses some interesting questions: What is a book? What is a library? What is a book collection? And much more…a beautiful and informative book; a.e.g.  Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe of London in gilt red pictorial morocco.  Very fine condition.  A limited edition of 300 copies.  Measures 2-3/8″ x 1-7/8″.

Exceptionally handsome title page printed in black and red.  This “book about books” is divided into chapters, each with an elaborate capital letter in red.  The informative text will be of great interest to any book aficionado.   Blumenthal’s discussions of Dard Hunter, Elbert Hubbard, Estelle Donehy’s collection of jeweled bindings and fore-edge paintings are enlightening and fun to read.  Pages 54-58 discuss miniature books in particular, “a genre of enchanting allure”.  There’s so much more in this most exquisite volume, a great read for any book lover and one of my favorite St. Onge books.

Regular price is $190.  This week only $152+ $4 to mail.

 

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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 60 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 1,200 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 85 ~ July 2020, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  September 1, 2020

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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 W. Forgue Award in 2010.