Venetiis [Venice]: Typis Francisci ex Nicolao Pezzana, 1772. Hardcover. In Latin. In an early full dark brown full leather binding with raised bands and decoration to spine. One (of two) clasps remains; however, the corresponding latch is no longer present and the leather is torn. Heavy wear to leather on spine ends, corners, edges, and bands. Rubbing to boards. Chipping and minor loss to leather on spine ends and edges of boards. Printed in black and red with musical scores, one full page illustration, and decorated initials. Ribbon page markers affixed to margins of five pages. Spots of foxing and soiling throughout including evidence of dampstaining, mostly in margins. Textblock is interspersed with printed text from the 1860s, some of which is tipped-in and some is sewn in to rear. A few splits to interior binding. Loss to corners of several pages. Handwritten note in pen to rear free endpaper. 412 pages, Commune Sanctorum - cxvi pages, In Festo S. Fidelis A Sigmaringa Martyris - 4 pages, Missae Propriae Sanctorum - (4), Missae Propriae Mysteriorum Passionis (8), Die VII Decembris i Vigilia Immaculatae Conceptionis Beatae Mariae Virgins (4), In Festo Sancti Eliae Prophatae (3). REL/072423. Very Good.
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Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2022. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. This book is from a small open edition, which is signed by the artist. According to the book artist: "The Eiffel Tower was the main entrance for the Exposition Universelle, organized to celebrate the anniversary of the French Revolution. A competition was held for the design of the tower, which was won by Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nougier. Gustave Eiffel got the construction commission for a very small fee in return for a portion of the gate for the length of the Exposition plus twenty years. In 1890, Sir Edward Watkin, a British MP, held a design competition for a ”Great Tower of London” that would have rivaled or surpassed Eiffel’s tower in Paris. Sixty-eight designs were submitted. The Great Tower of London was, of course, meant to be taller than the Eiffel Tower, and like the Eiffel Tower, temporary. It was meant to be the centerpiece of an amusement park in Wembley, easily reachable by train (Watkin was Chairman of the Metropolitan Railway). As with the Eiffel Tower, the design would be decided by a competition. In spite of many of the designs being slightly loony, or VERY similar to Eiffel’s design, Stewart, McLaren and Dunn’s practical design, number 37, was eventually chosen to be awarded the 500 guinea prize. Construction began, but the funding slowly petered out. The full extent of the building, called the London Stump or Watkin’s Folly, is shown on the title page - all 154 feet. The remains were eventually dynamited and buried under Wembley Stadium" Printed on Mohawk superfine paper in Garamond 1911, and bound in a gold-on-black Art Nouveau paper. The slipcase is bound in matching paper. 85 pages. Size: Book - 2 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches; Case - 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches. ARTB/091123. Fine.