Sometimes you come across something that doesn’t fit neatly into your library, or could be classified under different categories. Here is one such item I’ve recently acquired and how I’ve decided to handle it.
Kindergarten Wisdom was printed by Ward Schori in 1988 on wonderful, shimmery paper that is not identified. It is limited to 99 copies and the half-title is signed by Ward.
The binding, however is a one-of-a-kind binding done by Robert E. Massman and has a matching slipcase. I love the overlaid picture on both the cover and slipcase that appears to be hand colored, and the purple cloth.
Laid in the book is this short note explaining how this all came to be.
So where does this one belong? My library is organized by publisher so it would seem natural that it would end up with other Press of Ward Schori books but because I have a special interest in REM, and because it is a unique item, it ends up with mt Massmann ephemera.
Here’s my new miniature marbled paper mix from Jemma Lewis Marbling Design. It’s all on a nice 45g white paper and the marbling is quite fine, perfect for miniature books. I can’t wait to use this in my next project, hand, heal quickly.
You should check out her website at:
she has not only several patterns of miniature papers but a wide range of larger papers as well as marbling supplies and marbled gift items.
The available patterns seems to rotate so check occasionally to find just the right paper.
Ok, I know, at 3 5/8″ The Twenty Third Psalm isn’t a REAL miniature, but why can’t we have honorary miniature books?
This book has enjoyed the largest press runn of ant St. Onge book. 18,657 copies in two editions, in 1965 and 1975. It has been noted in The Microbibliophile that of the first edition there were several variants. In the November 2013 issue it is noted: White binding 1 copy, 6 additional copies bound in various cloth colors.
Here are three first printings, all with different bindings. The first one is in the standard green gilt morocco. The second in an unusual tan leather, and the third in a very rare white gilt morocco. I threw The Night Before Christmas in there because it looks good with the others and to say Merry Christmas to you all.
Inside, every page is wonderfully illustrated with the homey and comforting artwork of Tasha Tudor, very fitting for the subject matter, I think.
Here’s something cool Bob did in 1977 called “REM Magic Nursery Rhymes”. As far as I know, there was ever only one other book like this, done in the 19th century. The concept is pretty simple, there’s a riddle with a blank page…
until you hold it up to the light. Then you get the full picture.
Limit 55 is written by Rick Palkovic and illustrated by Carolyn Palkovic Evans and Tim Palkovic and published by my friend, Mark Palkovic, making it truly a family endeavor. The premise is simple enough; tell a story in exactly 55 words.Not 54 or 56 but 55. Rick does this very well.26 times he does it as a matter of fact.
There is a full review of this book in the July 2014 issue of The Microbibliophile.
My favorite story is Desperately, He Searched. It has great suspense with a humorous twist, all in just 55 words. I’ve shared it here for you but if you want to read the rest, you’ll have to buy the book yourself.
It is available for $30 directly from Mark at the Flying Pig Press. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark also tells me he has ready for your reading pleasure Christmas Amens for same. I haven’t seen it yet, but if Mark made it, you know it’s good.
This is one of those books I’ve wanted forever so I bought it as a Christmas gift to myself this year. It’s written by Eugene Field and published by Schori Press in 1963. It has 63 pages and measures 2 x 2 3/16″.
With hand painted Morocco covers by Josephina Diez it is one of the most beautiful 20th century miniature books.
The glittery pages make the poems a fairyland joy to read. Robert Bradbury list’s it as #36 in his list of 100 favorite 20th century US miniature books. It was Ward Schori’s second miniature book.
My copy is number 101 of 600.
Here is 16 Original Haiku- written and bound by local artist, Amy Fishbach. Amy is a co-founder of Art Books Cleveland, and specializes in Japanese bindings. Art Books Cleveland’s mission is to explore, encourage, and teach both contemporary and traditional artistic practices of the hand-made book.
This one is 3″ x 2 3/4″ and is hand written and hand bound with a traditional Japanese binding. If you like Amy’s work, email me and I’ll put you in touch with her.
I’m continually amazed by the great diversity of the types of things Robert Massmann did with books. This gathering of six of his inventive creations probably has some significance but I can’t say what it is just now.
Clockwise from the center top: Collectors Clean Sweep, Win, Place, and Show or the Fundraising Jack, Elusive Bon Mots, Ere E Eme, A Recipe for Moon Tea (small edition), and in the center, Second Roster of Lilliputia Spewed Out by Robert Massmann As Ephemera Not Previously Recorded Or Published Jointly With Others.
The fold out illustrated second section of Second Roster folded out.
Here’s another of my favorite miniature books. This one is Yellow Slickers, a photo book by Marjorie Coffey, Coffey Grounds Press, 1999. It measures 3″ x 2 3/8″. It has no text but is simply a series of fourteen photos of two children playing in the rain. The part I like best though is that it’s bound in yellow raincoat material!
My book is signed and numbered 2 of 15. I’m told that Marjorie spent the whole weekend at the conclave in her raincoat with her little books, how fun is that?
“April showers bring forth bold explorers in YELLOW SLICKERS.”
I just had a nice chat with Pat Sweet of the Bo Press and you should check out her site at http://bopressminiaturebooks.com/ This is one of my favorite 21st century books The Book Bookthat I believe is still available on her site. The other book is The Seventh Year of Bo Press, sadly, no longer available.