XI LXIVMOS: MEMOIRS OF A BIBLIOMIDGET
BY ANNE C. BROMER
Winner of the 2016 Miniature Book Society Competition
Distinguished Book Award
Twenty-six years after their last publication, Anne Bromer has written a memoir of the eleven printed miniature books she produced with her husband and partner David from 1977 to 1989. She relates brief stories of pleasure, coincidence, and difficulty for each book, followed by a detailed bibliographic description.
Set in 8-point Centaur and Arrighi types, the miniature book comprises 72 pages and measures 2 3/4 by 2 1/4 inches. Both editions were designed and printed at Heavenly Monkey and bound by Sarah Creighton. The decorations and vine patterns were designed by Francesca Lohmann.
The regular edition of 85 copies (1-85) is printed on Somerset Book paper and bound in a printed vine-patterned paper over boards. Seventy of these copies are available from Bromer Booksellers priced at $150.
The deluxe edition of 35 copies (I-XXXV) is printed on F.J. Head handmade paper. Each copy includes sample leaves from four Bromer miniatures. Original calligraphy on the title page and colophon by Lohmann. Bound in full leather with the vine pattern stamped in gilt. Issued in a folding box. Eighteen of these copies were available from Bromer Booksellers but are now sold out.
Please contact us to order your copy.
JACK WHIRLER'S ALPHABET; OR, THE ST. PAUL'S PRIMER
Distributed exclusively by Bromer Booksellers or Cotsen Children's Library.
Jack Whirler's Alphabet; or, The St. Paul's Primer. Adorned with Cuts by the Newberys, is a celebration of the engaging eighteenth-century children's books produced by three generations of the Newbery firm. Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University holds the world's largest collection of Newbery children's books, and they published this handsome book showcasing their collection in honor of their benefactor and namesake, Lloyd E. Cotsen, on the occasion of his 85th birthday.
Designed by Mark Argetsinger, this amusing alphabet book is illustrated throughout with two Newbery blocks for each letter. Text on the facing pages explains the source of each woodcut and provides witty and informative commentary. The book was printed letterpress in black and red and handbound at the Press of Robert LoMascolo in Union Springs, New York in an edition of 200 copies. $85
For more information and to purchase Jack Whirler's Alphabet, click here.
AN IMPORTANT BIBLIOGRAPHY ON THE WORKS OF ALDOUS HUXLEY
BY DAVID J. BROMER
We are very proud to present Aun Aprendo: A Comprehensive Bibliography of the Writings of Aldous Leonard Huxley, the most current and comprehensive descriptive bibliography of Aldous Huxley's works ever produced. It describes the first appearances of Huxley's works in the English language and identifies many previously unrecorded contributions to books, pamphlets, and periodicals.
The deluxe edition is limited to 50 numbered copies signed by the bibliographer, 40 of which are for sale. It includes a previously unpublished poem by Huxley dedicated to his first wife Maria and is presented in bright yellow cloth with a blue leather label on the spine in the manner of the British deluxe edition of Brave New World.
To learn more about the deluxe edition and to order, click here.
A trade edition of 400 copies is available through Oak Knoll Press.
Read a review of Aun Aprendo by Brian Cassidy here.
BOOKS PUBLISHED BY BROMER BOOKSELLERS
In 1977 the first book bearing our imprint was published. Our goal was to produce a private press edition in miniature format. The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast, was a success and sold out on publication. During the next twelve years, we published a total of eleven letterpress printed miniature books and three miniature manuscripts.
In 1984, Richard Bigus designed and printed the first detailed book about printing on vellum under our imprint. Each copy of The Mystique of Vellum includes a parchment specimen. In 2000, Strings Attached, Dorothy Abbe, Her Work and WAD, by Anne Bromer was published jointly by the Boston Public Library and the Society of Printers. The book is available at its original price of $75.00, most of the proceeds benefiting the Library.
Below are details of our publications in chronological order, noting the publication price for books in print. Out of print books become available from time to time. Check our inventory for specific titles.
A. Regular edition, 100 copies.
B. Deluxe edition, 25 copies in leather, with extra suite of illustrations in rear pocket.
Printed by William and Raquel Ferguson.
A. Regular edition, 100 copies.
B. Deluxe edition, 25 copies bound in vellum, with illuminated initials by Nancy Chandler Edwards.
A. Regular edition, 115 copies.
B. Deluxe edition, 35 copies bound in leather, with extra micro-miniature sheet tipped-in.
Illustrated by Janet Hobbs.
A. Regular edition, 115 copies.
B. Micro-miniature edition, 50 copies.
C. Deluxe edition, 35 copies, comprising both formats in quarter leather bindings and slipcase. Hand-colored illustrations.
Illustrated with original woodcuts by Chamberlain.
A. Regular edition, 90 copies. Two binding states: i) 25 copies in hand-painted paste papers with matching dust wrapper; ii) 65 copies in marbled papers with matching dust wrapper.
B. Deluxe edition, 35 copies bound in orange silk, with extra suite of engravings. Slipcase.
Exquisitely painted manuscript fusing letters with objects.
30 copies completed from a projected edition of 40. Bound in blue morocco.
Illustrated by Linnea Gentry.
A. Regular edition, 125 copies.
B. Deluxe edition, 35 copies in deluxe black inlaid morocco binding with box. Title and colophon hand-colored.
Edition of 36 copies, with paintings by Gould and calligraphy by Colleen. Bound in white vellum.
This is Edward Gorey's first miniature.
A. Regular edition, 300 copies.
B. Deluxe edition, 100 copies, of which 80 were for sale. Hand-colored illustrations by Gorey and special binding with slipcase.
Only miniature of Ashendene Press.
150 copies printed on the Ashendene Albion handpress from the original photo-engraved plates of the Press. Bound as the extremely rare original edition (less then ten copies) in burnt orange morocco. Protective box.
Whimsical painted alphabet, incorporating the letters within a garden setting.
Edition of 30 copies. Bound in red morocco with the alphabet in gold on front cover. Protective box.
A. Regular edition, 150 copies.
B. Deluxe edition, 50 copies bound in brown morocco, with hand-colored title and colophon.
Printed by Richard Bigus.
A. Regular edition, 225 copies on handmade paper, with specimen sheet on parchment. Cloth binding and box.
B. Deluxe edition, 13 copies printed entirely on parchment, with specimen leaf on vellum. Illuminated initial lettering by Thomas Ingmire. Bound in burgundy morocco with suede-lined morocco folding case.
Edition of 750 copies in printed wrappers. Order a copy here.
Printed by John Kristensen, calligraphy by Suzanne Moore, binding by Donald Glaister.
A. Regular edition, 125 copies.
B. Deluxe edition, 35 copies with illuminated initials and in designer morocco binding with slipcase.
Full-color catalog designed by Gunnar Kaldewey. First collection of miniature designer bindings to be offered for sale. Represented are whimsical, typographic, abstract, and symbolic examples from the world's leading bookbinders. The catalog, housed in a plastic CD-type case, received a certificate of merit from the Printing Industries of America. We continue to commission designer bindings on miniature books and welcome your inquiries.
Edward Gorey's second and final miniature.
A. Regular edition, 400 copies.
B. Deluxe edition, 110 copies, of which 85 were for sale. Hand-colored in metallic inks. Housed in slipcase.
Joint publication of the Boston Public Library and the Society of Printers. Designed by John Kristensen and printed at Wild Carrot Press. Binding by Paul Parisi. Limited to 500 copies.
A. Regular edition.
B. Deluxe edition, 200 copies for sale, signed by the authors and including a facsimile of the book in miniature format, together in a specially designed slipcase.
A. Regular edition, distributed by Oak Knoll Press.
B. Deluxe edition, 40 copies for sale, signed by the bibliographer and numbered, with a previously unpublished poem by Huxley.
A descriptive bibliography of the miniature books published by Anne & David Bromer, 1977-1989
A. Regular edition, 85 copies. Order a copy here.
B. Deluxe edition, 35 copies. Hand-calligraphed title page, with leaves from four Bromer miniatures included. This edition won the Distinguished Book Award in the 2016 Miniature Book Society Competition.
OTHER PUBLISHED WRITINGS, PUBLIC APPEARANCES & INTERVIEWS
"Anne Bromer on Irresistible Books: A Rare Book Dealer Looks at Modern Design Bindings," Guild of Book Workers Journal, 2010-2011 (published March 2014), pp. 6-17
"Letter to the Editor: Remembering Frank Anderson," The Microbibliophile, Vol. XXXIII, No. 2, March 2014, p. 11
"Bromer Tip-Toes to Tokyo," Miniature Book Society Newsletter, No. 93, July 2013.
"Elizabeth Cary Agassiz: Ahead of her Time and of her Time," April 2013 lecture presented by Anne Bromer at the Nahant Historical Society.
"ASJRA Members in the News," ASJRA Newsletter, March 2013.
"Annual Thomson Endowed Lecture: Miniature Books: Four Thousand Years of Tiny Treasures," December 2010 lecture presented by Anne Bromer at the Boston Athenaeum.
"More About 'The Proclamation of Emancipation by the President of the United States'," Miniature Book Society Newsletter, No. 85, November 2010.
"Put it in a Sock: Plenty of Ways to Stuff a Stocking," by Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, December 14, 2009.
"Miniature books a business as well as a passion for Bromer," by Debra Glidden, The Daily Item, November 30, 2009.
"Rare Book Dealer Believes Good Things Come in Small Packages," by Susan Jacobs, The Jewish Journal - Boston North, July 13, 2007.
"Tiny books have a big tale to tell: Light and portable, miniature tomes are valuable," by Hinda Mandell, The Jewish Advocate, June 1, 2007.
"Tiny Treasures: The Marvels of Miniature Manuscripts," by Anne Bromer and Julian Edison, Fine Books and Collections, May/June 2007.
"Bromer Books: Exquisite Things Come in Miniature Packages," by Scott Laming, AbeBooks Avid Collector Bookseller Profile, May 2007. Interview with Anne and David Bromer and Philip Salmon about bookselling past and present.
"The beauty in little things: Anne Bromer explores the history of miniature books," by Joseph Domelowicz, Jr., Back Bay Sun, April 20, 2007.
"On the Market: Book-Club Editions," Fine Books & Collections, July/August 2006.
"Big Deal: Small Books Tell Story of Large Profits," Antique Trader, June 14, 2006.
"Digest: First Person Singular," Fine Books & Collections, May/June 2006. Interview with Anne and David Bromer about the company, their new Rare Book Fund at the BPL, and news on their respective books.
"Philanthropy, Inc." feature, The Boston Globe, January 22, 2006. Anne and David Bromer announce the Boston Public Library Rare Book Fund.
"The History Behind Miniature Books," Commonwealth Journal, WUMB Radio, Summer 2004.
"At Fair, Shining Literary Examples," The Boston Globe, November 14, 2004.
Davis, Erin K. and Anne Posega. The Triple Crown Abroad: The Kelmscott, Doves, & Ashendene Presses. Beyond the British Isles. St. Louis: Special Collections, Washington University Libraries, 2001.
"Clarity, Focus, Solitude: Dorothy Abbe and Her Work". 2001 lecture presented by Anne Bromer at the Boston Public Library, Washington University, Dartmouth College, and the Hingham Public Library.
"Rabbi Levitan's Literary Jewels," Miniature Collector, January/February 1997. Written by Marguerite Winter, with contributions by Anne Bromer.
"Boston Book Nooks," The Washington Post, October 1, 1995.
"Gutenberg Leaf Offers Chanukah Story," The Jewish Advocate, November 6-12, 1992.
"XI LXIVmos. Memoirs of A Biblio-Midget," presented by Anne Bromer as a lecture to the Society of Printers on the occasion of their Annual Meeting, May 6, 1992.
"Hot Lines" feature, Boston Globe Magazine, October, 1991.
"Art for Miniature Art's Sake", Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts, Winter 1988.
"Light Reading", The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 1988.
"Small Wonders", Conoisseu's World, May 1988.
"Miniature Books: Gems of the Printing Arts", AB Bookman's Weekly, January 27, 1986. Reprinted in miniature format as "Miniature Books Deserve More Respect." Boston Globe feature article, July 26, 1987.
"Revolution in American Fine Printing", presented as a lecture to the Society of Printers, 1984. Reprinted as an article in American Book Collector, 1985.
"Fine Printing in New England", AB Bookman's Weekly, November 7, 1983. Seminar presentation on Appraisals of Rare Books and Associated Materials, MARIAB, 1984.
"Private Press Books, An American Revival", presented at the Ninth International Antiquarian Book Fair, New York, 1980.
"An Introduction to Miniature Books," American Collector, 1978.
"Press Books", BCAR Publications. Reprinted with permission from the Annual Report of the American Rare, Antiquarian, and Out-of-Print Book Trade, 1978-1979.