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Miniature Monday!

This week we are taking pocket dictionaries to a whole new level with these mini dictionaries from Leipzig.  These four functional little volumes were printed by C.G Röder probably sometime in the 20th century, and include translations from German to Latin, English to German, Spanish to German, and German to English.  Imagine—all that language in the palm of your hand!

Miniatur Wörterbuch (four volumes). C.G Röder (1,2,10) and M. Kötzel (5), Leipzig.  20th century.  Charlotte Smith Uncatalogued Miniatures.

-Laura H.

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When I was in school, one of my favorite things was my Lilliput Dictionary.  I used to keep it in my desk, before everyone had gadgets to define words for them.  I still have that little guy around somewhere…

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Welcome to a very glammy Miniature Monday!

Today’s feature is Looking at Make-up by Marcia Weisbrot.  This accordion book is nestled within its very own makeup compact— mirror, sponge and all.  The book was designed using Quark, Photoshop, hand coloring, hand printing and a stamp (to quote the colophon). The text consists of various meditations on make-up, as well as anecdotes and quotes from actual makeup packaging.  

 Weisbrot, Marcia.  Looking at Makeup. San Francisco: Pencilhead Press, 2001.  Copy 16 out of 25.  Part of the Charlotte Smith Miniature Collection, call no. N7433.4.W45L66.  See it in the catalog here.

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-Laura H.

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Calling all Edward Gorey fans!  Today’s Miniature Monday features this tiny edition of The Eclectic Abecedarium, published by Anne & David Bromer.  The book was printed by Darrell Hyder, bound by Barbara Blumethal, and is copy thirty nine out of and edition of four hundred. The most marvelous thing about this wonderful little book is that is it signed by Gorey himself!! 

Gorey, Edward. The Eclectic Abecedariam. Anne and David Bromer, n.d.
80 deluxe hand-colored copies signed by Gorey; 400 copies total. B20th 9/1210.

-Post by Laura H.

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Have you ever wondered where books come from?

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Well then, let me show you, because that’s what I do for a living.

Right now, it’s this time of the year, and the little ones have just freshly hatched:

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You’ll notice they’re still blind and naked when they hatch. So I make them little coats to keep them warm during their first winter:

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See how they happily line up to put them on:

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See? Better. Now they’re ready to go and explore the world.

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And if they make it through the winter and we take good care of them, they will grow up to be strong and wise like their older fellows:

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So, in case you were ever wondering, now you know.

This is adorable.

So cute!

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Time again for our weekly series - Miniature Mondays!

Robert Huet , The Miniature Collection of Shakespeare’s World.

This gorgeous wooden box houses twelve glittering books, all about William Shakespeare!  Each book is leather bound with gold tooling, and 1 x 3/4 inch tall.  The books are written by various authors on subjects concerning Shakespeare and his era.   Some included titles are:  “Collected Insults of Shakespeare,” “Actors in 16th Century England,” “The Life of William Shakespeare,” and “Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays?”   For a complete list of titles, follow this link.

The Miniature Collection of Shakespeare’s World. Montreal, Canada: Roger Huet, 2000. Number 63 of 199.

 Post by Laura H.