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  California on United States Postage Stamps by Francis J. Weber.  Worcester MA: Achille J. St. Onge, 1975

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68 pp. letterpress by Enschede of Haarlem, Holland; frontispiece is a tipped-in 1969 stamp honoring California’s bicentennial.  Describes 28 California stamps with a black and white full-sized photo of each; a.e.g.  Bound in gilt blue calf by Reliure du Centre of Limoges, France.  A limited edition of 1,500 copies.  Measures 3-1/4″ x 2-3/8″.  Very fine condition.

These colorful stamps were issued from 1917 to 1974 to commemorate local personages, anniversaries and events.  It was published by St. Onge “as part of a bicentennial tribute to the nation by its most populous and prominent commonwealth.”  Weber’s vivid descriptions of each stamp give historical and design information.  This is one of a very few miniature books that is also a stamp album.

St. Onge’s miniature books have become the standard of comparison for all 20th century miniature books.  He selected the content, designed the book, and then commissioned some of the finest printers and bookbinders in the world.  His beautiful books caused a renaissance of miniature book publishing and collection in the U. S.

Regular price of UNSIGNED copies is $50.  This week only $30+ $4 to mail.  SOLD OUT

Regular price of a copy SIGNED by Francis Weber is $65.  This week only $40 + $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 1,200 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 84 ~ March 2020, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  July 1, 2020

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Bookbinding Class 2012

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