Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2010. Hardcover. This is a short story by Prue Batten, an Australian award winning writer of fantasy and historical fiction. Pat Sweet, the book artist writes of Prue: "The Gisborne and Eirie novels are a wonderful source of design inspiration, and their author has generously allowed the Bo Press to produce miniatures based on the world they describe. Prue and I also collaborate on other projects." This story is set in Prue's fantasy world of Eirie and involves love at first sight, betrayal, beautiful costumes, tall dark strangers, and magic." Pat Sweet published this book in three editions, the deluxe, the trade, and this, the fine binding edition. It is bound in a specially printed blush-pink striped paper overlaid with a half binding of antique black lace, with a tiny gold mask on the spine. With six illustrations. In fine condition. Measures 2.25 x 1.50 inches. Unpaginated. [46 pages] ARTISTSBOOK/021518. Fine.
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Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 20102016. Hardcover. Signed by the book artist. This is a story by Prue Batten, an Australian award winning writer of fantasy and historical fiction. In this lovely story-within-a-story by Batten, a medieval troubadour tells his master's young son a legend of Occitan: A queen suspected of sorcery and shape-changing and how she was vindicated. The story is loosely based on the legend of Pedauque that has been part of the Occitan legend for centuries. The tale has ten illustrations with historiated initials drawn from medieval manuscripts. Pat writes that this is the sixth book that she and Prue have published together, and she has marked the event with an illustration opposite the title page with a Latin motto including both our names. The beautiful binding is an embroidered fabric of gold, turquoise, and dark blue, with a twisted ribbon spine that echoes the illustrations inside. In fine condition. Measures 2.75 x 2.25 inches. 45 pages. ARTISTSBOOK/021518. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books. Limited edition. A little newspaper pastiche, using the racing world in miniature to describe a rather hilarious bookworm race using cutouts and pop-ups to represent the competitors, the silverfish, the caterpillar beetle, and the book louse. Pat writes on her "editorial page": "What is a bookworm? This race will determine the answer: 'Fans have griped for centuries about the eligibility question in the Bookworm Racing Division. Ever since Aristotle described "bookworm" in his History of Animals, sports lore has insisted that there is such a thing. These days, the only bookworms around this newsroom are the readers, not the mythical bugs. So if there's no such thing as a bookworm, who's running in today's race? Not the also-rans, would-bes, hopefuls, bush-leaguers and dark horses who made this race such a non-event in the past. For the first time the field is being restricted to the three competitors who really have a chance to decide the question once and for all." A historic race, jam-packed with thrills and danger. The path of each contestant is marked with a yellow, magenta, or cyan ribbon, and when the race starts, anything can happen!" Bound in white paper covered boards with title shown as a bundled newspaper on front cover. With a white belly band with the words "Extra! Extra." In fine condition. Measures 7/8 x 1 5/8 inches. Unpaginated [34 pages].
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2020. Number 3 of 6 copies signed by the book artist. Emil Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional miniature handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or poymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. His Hamlet's Soliloquy is a wonderful example of Emil's work. When each page is turned the the revealed pages pop open with Emil's beautiful illustrations and the soliloquy's text that are done in shades of brown. The covers are a reddish brown fabric with a polymer clay artistic design on the front cover. There are attached brown twine straps with a metal clasp to close the book. A wonderful and imaginative interpretation of this famous soliloquy. In fine condition. Measures 2.25 x 3 inches. Fine.