London and Dublin: H. Saunders, E. Lynch, W. Sleater, et. al. 1772. Hardcover. Two volumes bound together. Appears to be extra-illustrated with 10 bound in illustrations of varying sizes from multiple sources. Ownership inscription of Edw. T. Mason of New York dated 1864 in pen to front free endpaper with an inscription from his daughter, Louise Hurlbut Mason to the top of the half title page. E.T. Mason was an editor. Bound in full leather with raised bands to spine and gilt title label to spine. Front cover is no longer present. Leather is cracked along rear hinge, but board remains securely attached. Clean interior overall with occasional spots of foxing and browning. An table of contents listing all of the biographies is included. 106 / 122 pages. DRAMA/122719. Good.
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Hong Kong: Ford Press, 1969. Hardcover. 149 of 500 copies, numbered and signed by Alla Ford. A miniature facsimilie edition of the Christmas-time drama. Bound in dark green leatherette boards with gilt title to front cover. Printed on pink paper with dark green type. Illustrated. Clean and bright. 46 pages. Size: 2.5 x 2 inches. DRA/011320. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2019. Number 4 of 20. At his height, Henry Irving (1838 - 1905) was the greatest actor in the world (and the first to be knighted). He was much more than an actor, he was an actor-producer, which in those days meant that he was responsible for everything, what we would call the artistic director, the director, the production manager, the production designer, and also the lead actor. And the scale of his productions at the Lyceum Theater in London were gorgeous and spectacular, using the latest technology in staging and special effects. Irving led the English theater for over thirty years, and died as he would no doubt have wished, still acting. I came upon his obituary in the Times, and it was a wonderful piece of writing, but also a very good valuation of his art and his place in theatrical history, which isn't so easy to do so near an actor's own time. The old joke used to run that he was an actor who would never play Faust when he could play Mephistopheles. He changed the status of the theater forever, bringing it from the shady demimonde of the 18th century to the height of a recognized and respected form of art. Everyone at the Lyceum called him the Guv'nor, a term of both affection and a well-founded wariness of his perfectionism. If in a former life I had worked as a costumer in his company, I would have been proud to do the same. This miniature book is bound in a gray paper with horizontal slubbed gold lines, and a black and gold marbled paper that wraps around the back to form a small pocket inside filled with theater memoribelia: programs, autographs, advertising posters, and other souvenirs. 2 7/8" x 2", 64 pages. Fine.
Baltimore: (2001). First Edition. Paperback. 8vo. Fine in blue paper wrappers with white title to front wrapper and to spine. Pristine interior with photographic illustrations of each woman profiled. Article about the book's release is laid in at front. Includes a bookmark advertising the book. 107 pages. BALT/121619. Fine.
Bisbee, AZ: Pequeno Press, 1997. Number 19 of 16 copies, signed by Pat Baldwin, the designer and publisher. This charming miniature book is designed as a folding box with an accordion style folded out sheet. When the box is opened it reveals a silver figure of Queen Mab riding in her polymer clay carriage with silk reins. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the character Mercutio jests with Romeo by musing that Mab, the bringer of dreams, has visited his lovesick friend. Mab first seems like a whimsical creation like the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream, but it soon becomes clear that Mercutio's Queen Mab is a malevolent hag who punishes "unchaste" ladies. Pat Baldwin established the Pequeno Press in 1984 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She moved the press to Bisbee Arizona in 1990. The press published 71 limited edition, hand bound miniature books, two of which won the Miniature Book Society's Distinguished Book award. Book measures 2 inches square inches in a box that measures 2.25 inches square. In fine condition. MINIAT/111319. Fine.
London and Edinburgh: George Bell and Sons / The Abbey Press, 1902. Hardcover. Number 100 of 500 large type and large paper edition, printed on handmade paper. Bound in cream vellum boards with gilt title to spine and gilt decoration to boards. Red ties are no longer present and boards are bowed (as is common). Minor rubbing and soiling to boards and edges. Minor foxing to first and last few pages, else clean. An attractive printing of this famous work. 134 pages. DRA/032420. Very Good.
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.
New York: Robert M. De Witt, (1870). Hardcover. "Each individual will find that the perusal and study of this book, though it may fail to render him a Demosthenes or a Cicero - will yet so quicken and improve his natural gifts that his one talent may be increased to ten; he will find his attitude more graceful; his gestures more expressive, his voice more powerful, and his whole physical powers improved" (preface). Very good in purple cloth boards with gilt title to front cover and spine. Gilt illustration of a Grecian man to front cover. Fraying and wear to spine ends, edges of boards, and corners. Occasional spots of foxing and soiling to interior, but clean overall. Previous ownership markings in pen to first two endpapers. Small chips and creasing to some pages. Includes 15 illustrations including grief, dislike, modesty, cursing, patriotism, invocation, and more. 192 Pages. DRA/010220. Very Good.