Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Hardcover. An interesting miniature book from Pat Sweet's Bo Press. She says: "Our alphabet used to be a lot bigger. It used to include letters like ampersand (and), eng ( the sound at the end of words like 'sing'), and the famous long s , which still puzzles readers of old books when it appears in the middle of words looking like 'f' but sounding like 's'. I've taken eleven of these once well-known letters and given each of them a tiny spotlight: illustrating it against a background of medieval tracery, telling a little of its history, and giving some examples in modern fonts (yes, these old letters still turn up in modern typography. You never know when you'll need a conjoined ae.) The book is printed in Kelmscott and Thryomenes on Monarch superfine paper, and bound in a diagonal pattern of cream colored paper and a gold on red medieval-ish print." With a tiny Bo Press bookmark laid in. In fine condition. It measures 2 5/8 x 2i inches. Unpaginated [56 pages]. MINI/120319. Fine.
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Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2009. Paperback. "U unwillingness, slowness to learn. V is the vomitting the great fish is forced to make our hero change and turn, if only stumblingly, mind not yet open. W's the whale and the gobbling worm. X is exposure to why, Yahweh. Z is the zeal that makes Yahweh squirm" (last page). A chapbook issued to celebrate The Books of Jonah, the summer exhibition at Chetham's Library in Long Millgate, Manchester. Letterpress printed with metal type and illustrated with wood cuts printed in various colors. Bound in marbled paper wrappers with yellow title label to front cover. Clean and bright. Size: 4.5 x 3.5 inches. [8 pages] PRI/120518. Fine.
Octopus Books Limited in association with Edgeworth Press, 1979. Hardcover. Oblong quarto. Fine in grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with illustrations on every page. Very good illustrated dust jacket with grey spine panel and black title to spine. A few short closed tears to edges of jacket. A is for Arbour, U is for Umbrella Seat, Z is for Zoological Garden, etc. Unpaginated. CHILD/103009. Fine in very good jacket.
Paris: L'Adventurine, (2000). Paperback. Very good in dark grey illustrated wrappers with light green title to spine. Laminate is peeling slightly along bottom edge of front wrapper. Light rubbing to covers. Pristine interior featuring examples from eight centuries of ornamental lettering. 379 pages. BOB/102209. Fine.
New York: McLoughlin Bros, 1884. Softcover. A cloth book printed on linen with full color covers. The interior is printed in red and black with an illustration for each letter. A few pencil markings to covers and an inscription in pen to the top edge of the first page. Soiling to most pages, creasing to corners and to some pages, and minor fraying to edges. Still a charming ABC book. Measures about 5.5 inches tall by 4 inches wide. Unpaginated. [12 pages.] CHILD/081816. Very Good.