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Prayers Written at Vailima by Robert Louis Stevenson.  LosAngeles CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1973.

100 pp. letterpress by Saul and Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press; woodcut engraving by Mary Kuper; Vailima was Stevenson’s home in Samoa where he lived from 1890 until his death in 1894; included are 20 prayers he wrote there as a tribute to the Samoan ways and an expression of his own beliefs.  Bound in orange and buff printed paper boards; title on spine.  Measures 2-3/8″ x 1-7/8″.  500 copies.

Glen Dawson commissioned Saul Marks and his wife Lillian to print this book, one of Dawson’s personal favorites.  When Saul Marks died in 1981, Wallace Nethery wrote, “It is not too much to say that when Saul Marks died…the world lost one of its supreme artists of the book.”   Indeed!  This is a tasteful and beautifully designed book, printed on lovely paper.

Regular price:  $80.  This week only: $64 + $3 postage.

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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.

There are 2 ways to shop on this website…on the STORE page, you will see photos and detailed descriptions of selected miniature books.  There is a shopping cart on the STORE page, and you can pay for these books with PayPal, if you wish.  If you prefer, you can order by phone or email and mail a check.

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 2,500 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 62 – July 1, 2016, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  September 1, 2016

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


I am  a member of the Zamorano Club and the Valverde Society, and a Board Member of the Miniature Book Society (MBS).  For information on joining MBS, go to the MBS WEBSITE .

Recipient of the Glasgow Cup Award in 2012 and the Norman Forgue Award in 2010.