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Toward Equality in Our Schools: Mendez vs. Westminster by Francis J. Weber.  [Mission Hills CA]: El Camino Real Press, 2007.

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15 pp. letterpress by Patrick Reagh; decorative endpapers; 41-cent postage stamp frontispiece; tipped-in photo; story of a Catholic jurist who championed integration in Orange County. Bound in printed cloth boards by Mariana Blau; title on spine.  150 copies.  Measures 2-15/16″ x 2-1/8″.  Condition is very fine.

While Brown v. Board of Education remains much more famous, Mendez vs. Westminster School District (1947) was actually the first case in which segregation in education was successfully challenged in federal court.  Judge Paul McCormick always felt this was his most important ruling.  In 2007, the U. S. Postal Service honored the 60th anniversary of the ruling with a 41-cent commemorative stamp, used here as the frontispiece.

Msgr. Francis J. Weber has used 2 imprints during his 40-years of miniature book publishing – Junipero Serra Press (1976-2003) and El Camino Real Press (2004-present).  He is a prolific writer, editor, publisher and collector of miniature books.  At 84 years of age, he is still writing and publishing.  He donated his superb collection to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Regular price is $20.   This week only:  $16 + $3 to mail.

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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 2,000 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.

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

Catalog 68 – July 1, 2017, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  November 1, 2017

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

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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.