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These tiny books served the practical purpose of being easily concealed or transported, but their diminutive size also engages the imagination beyond their practical purposes.

The " Petites Heures " of Charles VIII of France, Book of Hours (use of Paris); in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment

BOOK DESCRIPTION: THE "PETITES HEURES" CHARLES VIII OF FRANCE; TINY BOOK OF HOURS FOR THE PERSONAL USE OF A KING. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment, France, Paris, c. 1490-1493 (before 1494). Dimensions 73 x 49 mm., 206 folios, complete, writt...

From Les Enluminures


Cradle Verses. by GREENAWAY (Kate) and LOCKER (Frederick)

GREENAWAY (Kate) and LOCKER (Frederick): Cradle Verses. 1880. Illuminated Manuscript of Four Poems by Frederick Locker, written by his own hand, with extensive illustrations in watercolors by Kate Greenaway. This charming book was prepared on commission...



Drawing of a seated Dervish with his followers seating in front of him and playing music, signed by Reza-i Abbasi by Safavid Isfahan school of painting by Reza-i Abbasi

1624 Drawing. Good. No Binding. Signed by Illustrator(s). Titled in Persian "Majlis-I yawm-I sa'id ast" (Session of the happy day), signed "Raqm Kamineh Reza-i Abbasi" and dated 1034 AH.,- 1624 AD. Measurments of drawing: 13x11.5 cm (complete page: 23x17 ...

From Archive


Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures by Bromer, Anne C. and Julian I. Edison

NY: Abrams and The Grolier Club, 2007. Claes, Edgard. Small quarto. 215pp. One of 250 deluxe copies for sale, signed by the authors and including a facsimile of the book in miniature format. Lavishly illustrated in full color throughout, this set won fir...

From Bromer Booksellers


Portrait of a standing yong female with long hair holding a clip, signed: Raqm i kamineh (R) by Safavid Isfahan school of painting

Painting. Very Good. No Binding. Signed by Illustrator(s). 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Central panel: 17.5x6.5 cm. Leaf: 24.5x16.5 cm. illustrated with animal and floral motifs. The portrait is tiny signed at the mid-right: "Raqm kamineh R.". Ink drawing ...

From Archive


Manuscript Ibadat

1930. (110)pp. This Islamic devotional text is calligraphed in black and red and accented with blue and burnished gold. Illuminated with a hand-colored calligraphic frontispiece illustration in gold, blue, green, and purple ink. One section of the text o...

From Bromer Booksellers


Mite Series in Tartan

Glasgow: Bryce, David, & Son, 1905. Five miniature volumes. (127); (127); (240); (384); (127)pp. The volumes included are: Golden Thoughts from Great Authors; Witty, Humorous, and Merry Thoughts; Robert Burns' Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect; The ...

From Bromer Booksellers


The Bed Book by Joan Logghe (b. 1947)

Santa Cruz, CA: Donna Thomas, 1995. First Edition. Miniature Book. Very Good. Miniature Book. 1 1/4 x 2 5/8 inches. Unpaginated. [20] pp., including the paste-downs. Die-cut pages are each individually illustrated in a variety of colors and over-written...

From John Howell for Books


Red Ammonite. by Essig, Daniel, Graeme Priddle and Melissa Engler

Asheville, North Carolina:: Daniel Essig,, 2016.. One-of-a-kind. Miniature: 2.4 x 2.8 x 1.5"; 13 sections of black paper leaves. Carved and painted maple, handmade paper, ammonite fossil. Exposed Coptic binding with leather strap and pin closure. Da...

From Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC


Little Picture Bible and New Testament; The Little Picture Bible / The Little Picture Testament by [Roosevelt, Franklin + Eleanor] Child, Isabella

London: Charles Tilt, 1839. Tilt's Hand-Books for Children. Cloth. Very good. From the personal library of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Little Picture Bible and New Testament by Isabella Child, signed by Eleanor Roosevelt.. Miniature book (3" x 2...

From The First Edition Rare Books, LLC


Homo anatomicus or zodiac man from a French book of hours. by [Hardouin Brothers]

Paris: Hardouin, 16th century. Single leaf from a French book of hours, printed on vellum and hand illuminated (185 x 115 mm). Professionally mounted, framed and glazed using archival materials. On the recto, a depiction of the "anatomical man" as a skel...

From Alembic Rare Books


You Can Judge a Book by its Cover: A Brief Survey of Materials by Bernard Chester Middleton (1924-2019)

Pico Rivera, CA: Kater-Crafts Bookbinders, 1994. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New. John de Pol. Signed. Miniature Book. 2 15/16 x 2 7/16 inches. 163, [5 blanks] pp. Half-title, double-page title page printed in black and gilt, 6 wood engravings by Joh...

From John Howell for Books



Pittsburgh, PA: Jones & Laughlins Steel , 1878. The RARE Third Edition, 1878. A true miniature, 4.1275 cm x 6.35 cm, bound in flexible leather tooled in gilt front cover, tooled in blind rear, all edges gilt, no slipcase present. Very Good, rubbing to...

From Dale Steffey Books


THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, and Administration of the Holy Communion, according to the Use of the Church of England, Together with THE PSALTER OR PSALMS OF DAVID... by MINIATURE PRAYER BOOK IN SILVER CASE.:

Oxford, printed at the University Press; London, Henry Frowde, (1900).. Edition unknown circa 1900, miniature book, 55 x 45 mm (cover size), 2¼ x 1¾ inches, frontispiece portrait of Christ with the crown of thorns, 688 pages, bound in dark brown full c...

From Roger Middleton


THE THIRTY-SIXTH PSALM TWO VERSIONS by [Miniature Book]: Washburn, William L. [printer]

Haddon Heights, NJ: William Lewis Washburn, 1940. Miniature (5 x 5 cm). Open-sewn gilt lettered vellum, with ribbon ties. Fine, in lightly smudged and soiled publisher's printed and numbered envelope. Copy #25 of an edition of 64 numbered copies hand-pri...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


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