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Fleecestreet’s Improved Pig Latin Grammar for Modern Scholars by William S. Cheney.  Los Angeles CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1963

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33 pp. letterpress by William Cheney.   “Adapted from Gen. Cyclop Stonebone’s Four Basic Dialects of Pig Latin”.  This Cheney masterpiece is a delightful spoof on literary texts.  Beside the verbose text, Cheney provides a note, a bibliography, an index and an “Appended Note from our Readers”.  Both Stonebone and Fleecestreet are pseudonyms for William Cheney.  Colophon states that this was printed at the Press in the Gatehouse but this is a Dawson’s Book Shop publication.

Glen Dawson called Cheney “the last of the Southern California pioneer printing giants.”  His printing career spanned a 50-year period.  He was devoted to type but his obsessions were tempered by a fine sense of irony.  Cheney printed many of the early Dawson publications but he also printed 14 miniature books using his name as the imprint.

Bound in marbled paper boards with a gilt calf spine by Bela Blau; title on spine.  Limited edition of 200 copies.  Very fine condition.  Measures 2-7/16″ x 1-5/8″.

(This book is uniform in height and style with another Dawson publication – Fleecestreet’s Greek in a Nutshell)

Regular price is $110.  This week only $88+ $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.

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 1,300 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 the San Diego area.

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Catalog 81 ~ November 1, 2019, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

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Recipient of the Miniature Book Society’s Glasgow Cup Award in 2012 and the Norman W. Forgue Award in 2010.