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Book of the Week

(August 19 – 26)


















Bibliography of the Ash Ranch Press by Don Hildreth.  San Diego CA: Miniature Book Society, 1993


32 pp. in 2 colors; marbled endpapers; frontispiece color photograph; scattered illustrations; published by the Miniature Book Society to honor this multi-talented publisher who died in 1991.  Six-page essay by Hildreth on the birth of his press followed by a four-page introduction by Rebecca Saady Bingham who designed the book.  Features a highly detailed description of all 23 of his books.  Hand-bound in black cloth boards with pictorial metal plate on front cover by Donald Brady.  A limited edition of 500 copies.  Very fine condition.  Measures 2-3/4″ x 3″.

Robert C. Bradbury wrote, “Don Hildreth operated his private press, The Ash Ranch Press, in San Diego, California, from 1986 until his death in 1991 at age 49.  In this short time, Hildreth created 23 books of astonishing quality.  Hildreth was a talented practitioner of the book arts.  He designed, handset type, illustrated, letterpress printed and bound his books.  He made his own paper.  His printing press was an old Chandler & Price pilot press that he called ‘Baby Bertha’.”

A few Ash Ranch Press publications are available here.  Go to:  Ash Ranch Press

Regular price is $35.  This week only $28 + $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 1,300 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 the San Diego area.

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

Catalog 79 ~ July 1, 2019, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  September 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.