New Acquisition: 1878 La divina commedia di Dante with the smallest movable type ever cast, a 2pt font called “flies’ eyes.” Tiny is the only word to describe this 58mm volume. In fact, Anne Bromer’s book claims the compositor and the corrector injured their eyesight! Test your own eyesight by stopping by to see it.
It took me some time to make this saddle stitch bound book…it measures 2 cm x 2.5 cm with 36 pages including endpapers. There is an alchemical symbol/sigil on every page, including it’s meaning/name in English above it. Pages are made of paper dyed in Earl Grey tea, to give them special coloration, and carefully made “dirty” so the book would looked used. Covers are real leather ,and had to be carefully prepared and given the same look of age/usage as the inner book has …numerous use of alcohol, mineral oil, turpentine and acrylics to accomplish this, but I’m pretty satisfied with result. After that, I did the gilding. Finally, the book was burned a bit (using ember, rather than open fire and even like that it had to be done very, very carefully, avoiding any real damage!)
Miniature hard cover book, bound by perfect binding. It is 1.8 cm high (0.70 inch) and filled with 36 miniature illustrated pages of fairies, goblins, gnomes, trolls and spirits of nature and household, done in watercolor and pencil on tea-dyed paper. Endpapers are made of same paper, stained to resemble old age.
Covers are made of faux leather and polymer clay, front representing nature (with leaves and flowers) and back representing household, with buttons, yarn and similar and a little gnome peeping through it. Letters on front are gilded with gold paint and the attached bookmark is hand-woven.