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The Inaugural Address of Lyndon Baines Johnson by Lyndon Baines Johnson.  Worcester MA: Achille J. St. Onge, 1965.

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36 pp. letterpress by Joh. Enschede on handmade “Linton” paper of the Hayle Mill, Maidstone, England; decorative endpapers; tipped-in photo of LBJ; a.e.g.  Bound in gilt turquoise leather by Proost en Brandt of Amsterdam.  Limited edition of 2,500 copies.  Very fine condition.  Measures 2-5/8″ x 1-7/8″.

Achille J. St. Onge published books as a hobby.  His miniature books, however, became the standard of comparison for all 20th-century miniature books.  He published books that he thought would have wide appeal – these include six U. S. Presidential inaugural addresses.  In addition to the LBJ address offered today, he published the addresses of John F. Kennedy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and Thomas Jefferson.  Most were printed in large press runs of 1,000 (Eisenhower) to 10,000 (Kennedy).  The binding job on the Jefferson inaugural, however, was not up to St. Onge’s standards and he destroyed most of the copies.  Perhaps 30 copies remain of only 200 printed.  In spite of their lackluster covers, these are the most valuable and the most highly sought-after books by St. Onge.

Until President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, the swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson drew the largest crowd in history—roughly 1.2 million.  LBJ’s speech was 1,500 words and drew applause 11 times. This was one of the shortest speeches in inaugural history.  Washington’s second inaugural address was the shortest on record (135 words).

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Regular price is $25 for copies with a faded spine (otherwise very fine).  This week only $20 + $3 to mail.   ONE LEFT

Regular price is $40 for very fine copies.  This week only $32 + $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 1,400 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 77 ~ March 1, 2019, is now posted on the CATALOGS page

Next e-catalog:  May 1, 2019

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