Miniature Books 2014

Koran. Glasgow: David Bryce, c. 1900. (824)pp. 1.0″x 0.75″

From the collection of Hannah Rabinowitz, with her miniature bookplate to the front paste-down. Printed entirely in Arabic and representing one of the most famous of all David Bryce publications, these Korans were distributed to Muslim Ottoman soldiers fighting for the allies during World War I.

Printed on thin tissue paper, with minute headers and ornaments throughout. Re-bound in red morocco with gilt decoration to the spine, and in a matching red morocco slipcase.

The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments. Glasgow: David Bryce, (1901). 876pp. 2.0″x 1.25″

Jointly published with Henry Frowde in London. A later edition of the smallest complete bible in the world, first published in 1896, and later under various imprints.

Bound in the original limp black leather, with elaborate gilt-stamping to front panel and spine. Housed in the original metal case with a red cloth inlay to the cover that holds a magnifier.

Contains full-page illustrations of biblical scenes.

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Glasgow: David Bryce, (1904). 509pp. 2.0″x 1.25.” With the additional imprint of Frederick A. Stokes of New York. One of a set of Shakespeare’s complete works issued by David Bryce and dedicated to British stage actress Ellen Terry. Bryce published a number of literary sets dedicated to Terry, and according to Bondy, these volumes are “Bryce’s greatest achievement as a leading promoter of miniature books.” With the seldom-seen original printed dust wrapper.

As Bondy notes, the type is clear and readable to the naked eye. Illustrated with a frontispiece engraving depicting a scene from the play.

The Life of General Tom Thumb. Troy, NY, Merriam, Moore & Co., (c. 1850). 64 pp. 2.0″ x 1.5″. From The Tiny Library series.

Illustrated with a black & white frontispiece. A biography of Charles Stratton, known as General Tom Thumb, intended for children. Stratton was the smallest man in the world at the time, and became a celebrity while touring the world with P. T. Barnum and performing at Barnum’s American Museum in New York City. The biography is followed by rhymes and a short moral tale. Contemporary owners’ inscriptions to front endpaper and paste-down.

Burns, Robert. Saturday Night and Other Poems. Edinburgh, Andersons, (c. 1925). x, 372pp. 2.0″ x 1.5″

Illustrated with a black & white frontispiece depicting the Cottar returning home from his day’s toil. A collection of Robert Burns’s poems, focused on the experiences of the common people, bound in red, blue, and green silk tartan. With gilt leather lettering piece on the spine. 

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