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Autobiography of an Early American Wood Engraver by Alexander Anderson.  New York NY: Trader’s Press, 1968


48 pp.; pictorial endpapers; letterpress printed by Charles Press on Hilding paper.  Frontispiece illustration of the author Alexander Anderson.  Beautifully illustrated with 21 woodcuts also by the author.  The life story of a medical doctor who turned to wood engraving. This engaging autobiography was written in 1848 and includes a 3-page bibliography.  Bound in marbled paper boards with a printed label; black cloth spine.  A limited edition of 500 copies.  Measures 2-1/2″ x 2-1/4″.  Very fine, as new  condition.

Alexander Anderson was a contemporary of Thomas Bewick.  He is one of the earliest American wood engravers.  His prodigious work filled publications of every kind: separate prints, almanacs, fiction, travel, children’s books, poetry, Bibles, religious tracts, medical texts, and broadsides.  He died in 1870 at the age of 95.

Jack R. Levien published miniature books in New York under the Trader’s Press imprint from 1967 to 1969, and then under his name from 1970 to 1972 after moving to Holland.  He focused on book design when publishing his first 6 titles while in New York.  Levien designed this book and contracted T. C. Woolnough & Son in London to do the binding.

Regular price is $50.  This week only $40+ $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.