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Hesperides by Robert Herrick.  Franklin NH: Hillside Press, 1979.

34 pp. letterpress; frontispiece is a reduction of the original title page; prefaced with a short biography by publisher Frank Irwin.  Herrick was a contemporary of Shakespeare and Ben Jonson.  His book of poetry Hesperides was originally published in 1648.  Bound in gilt-stamped dark navy blue leather.  Limited edition of 250 numbered copies.  Measures 2-3/8″ x 2″.

Eighteen of the 1200 lyrical poems in Hesperides are included in this miniature volume.    Hesperides is Herrick’s magnum opus and was published under his direction, establishing his reputation.  The title refers to the Hesperides nymphs of the evening in Greek mythology.

Almost forgotten in the eighteenth century, and in the nineteenth century alternately applauded for his poetry’s lyricism and condemned for its “obscenities,” Robert Herrick is finally becoming recognized as one of the most accomplished nondramatic poets of his age.

Frank and Eleanor Irwin, proprietors of Hillside Press, designed their books; set the type; printed and folded the sheets; sewed, glued and backed the contents; printed the covers, made the case, and cased the volume.  The quality of workmanship is very high.  Content, however, was most important to the Irwins and their books are always scholarly.

Regular price:  $30.  This week only:  $24 + $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.

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Catalog 66 – March 1, 2017, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  May 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.