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Robert E. Massmann: My Autobiography / REM Miniatures  by Robert E. Massmann.  San Diego CA: Miniature Book Society, 2012.

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42 pp. by Castle Press in 2 colors; 2 frontispieces; this is a “turnover” book – one side has Massmann’s autobiography prefaced by James Brogan and Reverend Joseph Curran; when flipped a brief bibliography prefaced by Msgr. Francis J. Weber.  Bound in gilt teal cloth boards by Mariana Blau.  A limited edition of 350 copies.  Measures 2-7/8″ x 2-5/8″.  Very fine condition.

Robert E. Massmann was a miniature book publisher of over 110 miniature books and he was drawn to the unusual.  In his 50-year publishing career, he created pop-up books, peep books, shape books, scrolls and even a lollipop book.  So it was only natural that when the Miniature Book Society honored him with the publication of his autobiography, it employed a creative form – the “turnover” book.  Thus the book has 2 front covers, 2 title pages and 2 frontispieces.

Bob was also a noted miniature book collector and his library included over 10,000 tiny volumes.  When he turned 80, Bob sold his collection to dealers, friends and fellow collectors.  He wanted his collection to be in the hands of collectors.  He was a dear and cherished friend of mine and I was able to purchase over 500 books from his personal collection.  All have one of his bookplates.  Bob passed away in April 2013, one year after writing this autobiography.

Regular price is $30.   This week only:  $24 + $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 1,900 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 69 – November 1, 2017, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  January 1, 2018

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

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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.