Welcome to our first miniature book e-catalogue of 2017. We have been fortunate to acquire a fine array of items, both antiquarian and modern, and across a variety of subject areas. From a group of rare 19th-century children's titles published by S.R. Urbino to A Doll's Primer—Willliam Washburn's smallest book, and from a handful of 20th-century books on various aspects of papermaking to a suite of deluxe Catharijne Press books, there is something here for all tastes and interests.
In honor of the Movable Book Society conference, held in Boston last weekend, we have prepared a short list of movable books and related objects from our stock. Items range from press books to 19th-century peep shows, and we are pleased to offer them here for your perusal.
Nothing is extraneous in the material that shapes childhood: the words and pictures in books, the object of games—all these things are designed to teach something about what we are expected to become. We therefore invite you to view our latest e-catalogue, which contains nearly one hundred items that shaped generations of children, from chapbooks to miniature books, and from paper dolls to jigsaw puzzles.
One feature of this catalogue to which we would draw your attention is the section of over two dozen items that we have placed on sale. These will show a discount of 50% from the listed retail price.
From a purely linguistic perspective, the alphabet offers its user as much or as little as expression warrants. In this e-catalogue, we are hoping to show the rich diversity that can be teased out of this basic building block of language. We are offering everything from an elaborately carved teacher's pointer from the early 19th century, to a stunning illuminated manuscript alphabet by Jean Midolle, the Swiss master of chromolithography. The catalogue runs the gamut from folios to miniatures, along with works on paper. Nor are we limiting this exploration to the Roman alphabet: exemplars of Hebrew and Arabic may be found here as well.
Very timely as we begin this holiday season, we are offering The Night Before Christmas by Tasha Tudor, accompanied by two original watercolors from the book. Also included herein are many titles and variants by Achille J. St. Onge, any of which would make a fine holiday gift for yourself or someone special in your life.
The forty-five items in the e-catalogue include a fine group of titles from David Bryce and from the Austin, Texas-based Amistad Press. Of particular note are two volumes from the Daisy & Dot series, the smallest and rarest of the Aunt Fanny books published by Breed & Lent. This catalogue also features Achille St. Onge's Daniel Webster, with the original mailing envelope and printed holiday greeting addressed to members of the New Hampshire Historical Society from the Director. A small gathering of miniature reference books are also included.