Ooh la la! This beautiful little bookcase from the 1890s is from the LIndemann miniature book collection. The ten volumes have original colored glazed paper wrappers and gilt stamped titles on front and spine. A small gilt decoration is stamped on back of each, at the center. All are housed in a worn brocade-covered Louis XV-style bookcase with beveled glass door and cloth-covered shelves.All books have the title-page imprint “Paris 1896” and colophon “Paris, Imp. Pairault & Cie.” (Lindemann 05745).
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.
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…
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.