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Shakespeare on Paper-Mills by Peter Thomas. Santa Cruz CA: The Good Book Press, 1988.

64 pp. letterpress on antique 18th century paper (trimmed from the margins of a copy of Oeuvres de Feu M. Cochin, Paris 1775); 8 illustrations by Donna Thomas.  Covers and endpapers are antique paper with Latin text (see 1st and 3rd photos).  Explores all aspects and implications of the quote from Henry VI, Part 2, Act 4, Scene 7, which speaks of a paper-mill.  Bound in paper boards with a gilt-stamped black leather spine. Measures 2″ x 1-1/2″.

Includes a tipped-in reduced reproduction of the title page of Digestum Novum, 1576.   Copies 1-100 were printed on paper from a damaged copy of this book.

Although the colophon states that the second 100 copies were printed on Peter’s handmade paper, this is one of at least 24 copies printed on 18th century paper, as noted in Donna’s handwriting.    All the copies in today’s offering are printed on paper made in 1775.

A beautiful miniature by well-known publishers, book artists, authors, and paper-makers Peter and Donna Thomas.  It presents a fascinating study of paper-mills and paper-making, as seen and described in various Shakespeare works.  Thomas spends time analyzing exactly why Shakespeare brings up a paper-mill and how important paper-mills actually were to authors in Shakespeare’s time.  He also mentions that this is the only time that Shakespeare uses the terminology “paper-mills” within all of his plays and sonnets.  However, Shakespeare does, in fact, use the word “paper” 84 times throughout his plays.

Regular price:  $95.  This week only:  $76 + $3 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 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 2,400 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 San Diego.

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

Catalog 66 – March 1, 2017, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  May 1, 2017

Boston Conclave GoddardEnjoying the atmosphere at the MBS Boston Conclave, Goddard Library, Clark University


I am  a member of the Zamorano Club, the Valverde Society, and 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.