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1 Automobilisten Pic-Nic Continental. März 1903 Automobilisten-Pick-Nick. Hotel Continental
Wien Buchwald 1903 Vellum Very Good 
9 by 5 cm. Silk moire endpaper on rear. Folded card sheet pasted onto front inside cover. This would appear to have been a short dance, as there were only four dances listed, with an intermission between the third and fourth dance. Dance was held at the Hotel Continental. We render the title twice as the spelling of Pic-Nic is given differently inside and out. With the original slender pencil, with an ivory or bone top piece, and strap. Condition: moderate wear to the vellum. Age toning to the card. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Collection des Costumes de la Suisse et de les pays limitrophes
2 Collection des Costumes de la Suisse et de les pays limitrophes
Zürich Keller et Fussli Full Morocco Very Good 
N.d., circa 1830. 32mo. 11 by 9.5 cm. 23 hand-colored plates, including title page, with its wreath of alpenrose. Costumes from the cantons and major cities plus the Black Forest. Each illustration features two or three men and women, usually performing some typical craft or activity associated with the area, or ready to do so. In other words, the portraits have some dynamism to them, and with their bright hand-coloring and diminutive scale, richly deserve the adjective of "exquisite". Scarce, with the only copies showing on OCLC First Search at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek of the Netherlands and the Zentralbibliothek of Zurich. Crack along rear joint, with possible partial repair done. Other rubbing along the edges. Plates generally clean. Original tissue guards intact. A neat inked inscription in English on the FFEP dated 1831 and sited to Lucerne. 
Price: 675.00 USD
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3 Costumes et Moeurs des Differentes Nations. Ornes de 48 Gravures.
Paris Alexis Eymery 1826 First Edition Thus Half Morocco Good Plus 
32mo, 8 by 6 cm. 120 pp. The French equivalent of a rare English miniature -- Alfred Mills "Costumes of All Nations". Woodcut plates are simple and even naive but tend to depict people in some kind of activity. Thus there is the free black man making his slave climb a tree, a young "negress" playing ouri, Congolese carrying their cheif on a chaise, South Sea natives in mourning, etc. Leather is heavily rubbed. Cloth boards with scuffs and abrasions. Light occasional foxing and other minor soiling. Some leaves with minor corner creases. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Date Book 1932
4 Date Book 1932
Germany 1931 Near Fine 
Wonderful sharp and colorful Art Deco design on thin leatherette cover! 64mo. 6 by 4 cm. Unpaginated, 22 leaves (44 pp). Unused, for blank lines for each day of the year, along with info on birthstones and flowers, wedding anniversaries (what each is symbolized by), and on phases of the moon and holidays. But obviously, this is very much about the loveliness of the binding. This particular copy is stamped with the business name, "Perin Drug Store, Monument Square, Dover-Foxcroft, ME", but this was surely sold to businesses to be distributed as a freebie or favor. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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5 Demorest's Monthly Magazine: 1866
New York W. Jennings Demorest 1866 Wraps Good 
Near miniature, measuring 3.25 by 2.5 inches, or 8 by 6.5 cm. 39 pp. With two color fashion plates, one showing Mme. Demorest's Mirror of Fashions, with a group of women and an infant in whale-boned gowns, and a second depiction a woman in equestrian costume, and many tiny woodcut illustrations of garments and accessories. Also interesting are the advertisements, including a small one for Steinway & Sons. Demorest's Magazine was like Godey's in its mix of fashion, domestic arts, stories, culture and general interest. Standing out is some emhasis on equestriana and sports suitable for women. With a separate dry goods specialty business (Mms Demorest's Emporium of Fashion), there was cross-fertilization in the web of family enterprises. One music score included herein, for "Song of the Fairies", has music written by WIllamina Vienna J. Demorest the first wife of William Jennings Demorest (1822 - 1895), the patriarch. William spearheaded a tleast five successful magazines, and with his second wife built up a clothing manufacturing and merchandising business. He was also a leader of the prohibition movement and once ran for mayor of New York. The cover has considerable wear and creasing, with a minor corner chip. The leaves within are age toned but mostly clean otherwise. 
Price: 185.00 USD
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Exquisite Miniature Vellum Album with Four Watercolors and a Pencil Sketch, of Buildings and Their Surroundings A wartime gift from Jean Jadot to Brigadier Tarleton, and British officer, in the newly liberated Brussels, presented on October 21, 1944
6 Exquisite Miniature Vellum Album with Four Watercolors and a Pencil Sketch, of Buildings and Their Surroundings A wartime gift from Jean Jadot to Brigadier Tarleton, and British officer, in the newly liberated Brussels, presented on October 21, 1944
Full Morocco. Morocco slipcase. Calf box Very Good 
The four paintings of Lowland landscapes are rendered with extraordinary precision and capture the best of the miniaturist's art. Indeed, they justify the consideration of miniature painting as an art unto itself. The album itself has no date, but we would conjecture that the paintings date from the late eighteenth century, based on the dress of the tiny human figures depicted in them. It is conceivable, though, that the paintings are a little later, as fashion in country settings tended to lag behind that of the cities, or the artist could have chosen to depict people in the clothes of yesteryear. The album itself measures 53 by 34 mm. Marbled endpapers. Gilt ruling on the boards. The book and its slipcase are housed in a presentation box measuring 11.5 by 14 cm, with a snap button to open and secure. Jean Jadot was a well-known Belgian Roman Catholic prelate (1909-2009) who would later serve as an apostolic delegate to the United States, among other prominent postings. He hailed from an aristocratic family and was a life-long collector of antiquarian books and manuscripts throughout his life. Gerald Tarleton saw action on the Normandy beaches in 1944 before taking of the Brussels garrison. The book would appear to have been a gift in appreciation for the liberation of Brussels. Condition: the book itself has considerable surface wear on its leather, and is heavily rubbed especially on its spine. The red leather slipcase, which has its own separate well within the box, is well-preserved, with only minor light black soil spots. The box is rubbed and abraded here and there, but is structurally sound and attractive, with the gilt lettering on its top perhaps slightly faded but still easily legible. The interior of silk and velour has a few light, trivial stains. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Fan-shaped Calendar for 1899, Compliments of Stickney & Poor Spice Co., Founded 1815
7 Fan-shaped Calendar for 1899, Compliments of Stickney & Poor Spice Co., Founded 1815
Wraps Near Fine 
Lovely diminutive calendar brochure shaped like a fan, measuring a mere 3.5 by 6 cm, at the widest and tallest, with a ridged edge that emulates the wavy edge of a genuine fan. Seven leaves, including wraps. Promotion on the verso of the front cover, with a page for each month thereafter. Chromo decoration on the front and rear cover, with daisies on the front overlaying the fan trompe d'oeil elements, while the rear is meant to replicate the look of the fan's backing. Typical floral decoration for the period surrounding each month. The interest in this calendar is the novelty in its liliputian dimensions combined with its shape. A few soil marks on the rear. Otherwise, fine. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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L'Amour et les Belles Pour l'Année 1818
8 L'Amour et les Belles Pour l'Année 1818
Paris [Marcilly] 1817 First edition Full Leather Very Good 
28 by 18 mm. 64 pp. With eight copper engraved plates. Welsh 221. Scarce (OCLC First Search shows copies only at Morgan, Arkansas, Virginia, Yale, Grolier). Publisher not given, but Marcilly. Gilt figurative decoration on front and rear board, and gilt ornamentation on spine. Light wear. 
Price: 575.00 USD
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9 Les Bucoliques de Cynthere et les Travaux des Bergers Amoureux
Chez Janet 1794 Full Morocco. Gilt decoration. Morocco slipcase Very Good Minus 
Scarce -- no recorded copies of this 1795 (Year 3 of the Republique) French almanac. Miniature, 63 by 42 mm. Hand-colored title page, plus 12 hand-colored plates, With inked inscription from Elbridge Gerry to Betsy Jenks, 1804. Gerry (1744-1814) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the fifth Vice President of the U.S., under James Madison. When he was Governor of Massachusetts, the state legislature approved state senatorial district lines that strained any sort of strictly geographic logic, and thus from his name is derived the term, "gerrymandering". 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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10 Les Cendres de l'Empereur
Cloth spine. Pebbled cloth on boards. Good 
Scarce, with no copies found anywhere. N.d., circa 1840. Oblong miniature, closed, 43 by 64 mm. Eight hand-colored panels of the procession carrying Napoleon's ashes in 1840, depicting somber military procession from the Arc de Triomph to the Place de la Concorde. This procession occurred on December 15, 1840. The parade route continued to Les Invalides, where the ashes have ever since been kept in a sarcarphogus. This panorama presumably shows all those participating in the march, as opposed to the entirely of the parade route. We would note that at the Place de la Concorde the procession, which had been heading roughly east, would have turned right, crossed the Seine and then turned right again, heading west. Condition: foxing throughout, mostly light and small spots. The hand-coloring is nonetheless bright and vivid. Small blue tape repair, it looks like, at the end attached to the binding. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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11 Les Quatre Elémens (Four volumes, housed in a box)
Paris Imprimerie de Maulde et Renou First Edition Cartonnage, Reliure Romantique, Glazed, Gilt Embo Near Fine 
Beautiful Restoration France (Biedermeier era) suite of children's books on the four elements of nature: water, fire, air and earth. N.d., circa 1830. 32mo. 83 by 54 mm each. Each volume is 24 pages and includes two wood engraved hand-colored plates, including one showing a large balloon, another of a volcanic eruption, yet another of fireworks. The white bindings are superb examples of glazed cartonnage Romantique gift book bindings, with their ornate gilt ornamentation. The outer box complements the bindings perfectly, with its gilt sides, with embossed or relief decoration, the raised framed color vignette centerpiece on the lid, the red leather base, etc. Scarce, with OCLC showing six institutional copies only (Morgan, Grolier, UCLA, Indiana, UVA, Oxford), and these copies would appear to lack the box with which they were originally issued, as we have here. (USAF Academy has a copy of the "Air" volume as well.) Gumuchian 4662. Some scattered light foxing. Soiling to the lid of the box, and minor gilt loss on the side. Overall, the box itself is very well-preserved. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Bears
12 Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Bears
London; Hong Kong Peter Stockham Associates Wraps Fine 
Miniature, 5 by 4 cm. 32 pp. including wraps. N.d., circa 1920. A few flattened creases on front cover and light wear. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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13 Miniature Koran
Full Leather Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900 (?). 35 by 23 mm. 604 pp. The writing is so small, it is challenging to read even with a magnifying glass. In Arabic, with typical ornamentation, in black and white. With a small ring which could have been used to attach the miniature book to a necklace. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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14 Miniature Notebook with Bronze Colored Leather and Grecian Frieze Statuary Relief on Cover
Full Semi-Rigid Leather Very Good Plus 
Miniature, measuring 65 by 45 mm, with about 50 blank thick leaves within, and a handsome striped endpaper. It is the faux bronze of the cover, though, that makes this miniature blank book special. The four vertical panels, two on the front, two on the back, depict seraphs playing musical instruments, and the design was inspired by a classic Greek frieze found on architectural structures and vases. The brown leather ties are fragile and have loss; otherwise, a fine diminutive notebook. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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15 Murphy's Laws
Spartanburg Kitemaug Press 1984 Limited First Edition Cloth (softcover, linen) Fine 
Statutory pessimism, enshrined in nine irrefutable maxims! No. 114 of 125 copies. 42 by 32 mm. Unpaginated, but each maxim, enumerated with Roman numerals, is given its own page. For those who think Murphy's Law is just "if anything can go wrong, it will" will awaken to these other life lessons or truths. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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16 Oktober Fenyei
1977 Kossuth Konyvkiado Very Good Plus 
Miniature book anthology of poetry from around the world glorifying the October Revolution. All poems are rendered in the original language and Hungarian. Here one will find Bertolt Brecht, Carl Sandburg and Pablo Neruda, along with a slew of Russian poets. Also some Communist-era heroic graphics, true to the period. The book measures 5 by 4 cm, and so it is a true miniature. 140 pp. Minor soiling to the spine and boards. Otherwise clean and tight. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Petits Souvenirs de la Suisse
17 Petits Souvenirs de la Suisse
Full Morocco Leporello, Morocco Slipcase Fine 
An extraordinary miniature souvenir from Switzerland. 14 panels, each a mere 370 by 250 mm or so, of hand-colored views of Switzlerland, including the Staubbach, Grindelwald Glacier, Wengen, the bridge in Fribourg, the Pont de Diable (Devil's Bridge), Chamouny, Chinon, the Chapel of William Tell. One illustration is rendered twice, of three Bernese maidens, captioned "The Three Graces" in one of the plates. The illustrations are printed and mounted onto card. The captions are not printed, but rather written in ink onto the card leaves. Bound in a thin morocco, with a delicate morocco slipcase with a gilt title. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Psalterium Davidicum Graecolatinum
18 Psalterium Davidicum Graecolatinum
Antwerp Ioan. Steelsii 1543 Full Calf Good 
16mo. 113 by 75 mm. Paginated partially in ink, with about 330 leaves. Psalms rendered in both Greek and Latin. Held only by Aberdeen, Luzern and SSB (Bayerisches Staatsbibliothek), according to OCLC First Search, although there were other contemporaneous versions of the same. Condition: calf of binding scuffed somewhat heavily in places, with extremities, joints and edges rubbed. Minor wormholing in early leaves -- no effect on readability. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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19 Sharpe's British Theatre (13 volumes, the first 13, of 18 issued)
London John Sharpe 1804 First edition Half Morocco. Marbled paper on boards. Very Good 
Miniature, or near miniature, 11 by 6.5 cm. Plays include Arthur Murphy's "The Grecian Daughter", "All in the Wrong", T. Southern's "Isabella", Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer", Henry Brooke's "Gustavus Vasa", Arthur Murphy's "The Way to Keep Him", Thomas Otway's "Venice Preserved", Colman and Garrick's "The Clandestine Marriage", Thomas Otway's "The Orphan", Congreve's "Love for Love", Ambrose Philips' "The Distrest Mother", George Farquhar's "The Beaux Strategem", and Dr. Brown's "Barbarossa". While this is not the full set, it is the first 13 volumes of the set, and they are so numbered. Some rubbing to the leather, but overall, an attractive, if incomplete, set. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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20 Souvenir des Dames.
Paris Chez Marcilly Hardcover. Metal, Mother-of-Pearl. Near Fine 
Exquisite Regency period mother-of-pearl and gilded metal bound monthly appointment book, with original pencil-like writing implement. N.d., circa 1810. 32mo. 9 by 6.5 cm. 19 leaves, most of which are blank. Each month is labeled in a graceful cursive script, above which is a small engraved vignette. Endpapers in front are a silk moire and surely original. In back, the same is now concealed by several leaves pasted down (we didn't count these leaves). This was a notebook in which whatever was written with the accompanying "pencil" could be easily erased so the leaves could be re-used again and again. The pencil is of a metal, and has a roller-like tip. It is housed in a metal spiral on the side, and when resting there, secures the notebook shut. The mother-of-pearl front cover is framed and secured by the gilded metal on its perimeter. Directly on the front piece of the mother-of-pearl is gilt floral decoration on all sides, with "Souvenir" written with decorative lettering in the center, and a small vignette of a man on a horse below. The rear piece of mother-of-pearl has a floral vignette as a centerpiece. The spine is of gilt metal and along with the rest of the metal, is ornately decorated. The booklet has some interior soiling and light wear on the outside. It remains an extraordinary example of a de luxe lady's notebook. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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