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In praise of John Baskerville by F. E. Pardoe.  Wooley, England: Fleece Press, 1994.


60 pp. letterpress in 8-point Baskerville; frontispiece engraving plus 7 additional engravings by Anthony Christmas; biography of Baskerville and history of the famous typeface, the most popular of all bookfaces.  Hand-bound in patterned paper boards by Smith Settle; printed label.  A limited edition of 260 copies.  Measures 2/7/8″ x 2-1/8″.

John Baskerville was born in 1706 at Wolverley in Worcestshire.  He was a man with a lifelong passion for beautiful lettering and books.  In 1757 he published his first book, an edition of Virgil.  He established a lasting friendship with Benjamin Franklin who visited him in Birmingham.

John Baskerville’s guiding principles in his work were simplicity, elegance and above all, clarity.  His many innovations enabled Baskerville to produce printed work of an elegance, crispness and clarity never seen before.  The typeface that bears his name remains one of the most pleasing of the all-time great classical fonts, vastly superior to Times Roman which, sadly, has become all too ubiquitous.

Regular price:  $65.  This week only:  $52. + $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 2,300 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 San Diego.

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

Catalog 67 – May 1, 2017, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  July 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.