miniature books

In 2004, author J. K. Rowling made a handwritten, illustrated, and obviously abridged version of her first blockbuster Harry Potter tale. Consisting of 31 pages and measuring just 1.6” by 2.4”, the unique bound manuscript features extracts of the welcome letter Harry receives upon admittance to Hogwarts, as well as the author’s sketches of a wand, a cauldron, and a witch’s hat. Now that tiny

The Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, unveiled today its latest exhibition, a sumptuous showcase of nearly sixty contemporary bookbindings from the collection of Neale and Margaret Albert.

The Miniature Book Society’s annual conclave is coming up. This year, the three-day event will be held on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, from August 9-12, and its title is Tiny Matters: Creative Exploration of the Miniature Arts & Book History.

Though the barometer may suggest otherwise, one of the telltale signs of spring in New York is the annual arrival of Rare Book Week, going on now through March 12. Besides the various pearls for sale among the well-stocked stacks at the three book and ephemera fairs, holding court around Manhattan are a slew of shows and

walden.jpgPBA Galleries started 2018 off strongly with their first sale of the year on January 11th. 

A fairly quiet auction week coming up, but here are some of the things I'll be keeping an eye on:

                                                                                                                                                                                        PBA Galleries holds a sale of

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Japanese, 19th century Miniature Album Photo: Randy Batista

I can't put my finger on why, but I like "thumb bible" as a bibliographic term. Which is why I was delighted to see a selection of them slated for auction next week at PBA Galleries.

What is a thumb bible? In short, it is a condensed version of the bible, printed in a miniature format (less than 3"), popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The phrase