I’m what some call a completeist collector. What they mean is that what ever area I choose to collect, I must not only have each title or edition of each title but every variant of each edition of each title or, a complete collection. I collect miniature books so that’s a lot. To lend some sanity to my collecting, I focus on a very specific area, complete that and then move on to another area. One of the collections I’m trying to complete now is that of the Hazeltine/Piso miniature almanacs and booklets.
Of the 71 known miniature booklets produced by the Piso Company from 1878 to 1918, I am lacking only 13. They are: of 41 almanacs, four, those for the years 1907, 1908, 1910, and 1918, plus the very rare 1880 German edition, of the 12 story books, two, “Testimonials” and “The Old Musician”, of the 10 half year calendars, 2, those for April 91- September 91, and October 93 – March 94 and of the 9 song booklets, 4, “Red, White and Blue”, “E. Plurubus Unum”, “Battle-Hymn of the Republic”, and “America”. If you happen to have any of these for sale, please let me know.
Next up for completion, Perhaps the nice Colgate calendars or the Duke cigarette Generals of the Civil War booklets.