Miniature…Tuesday!  (Didn’t quite finish these gifs yesterday for Miniature Monday.)

Advice from Polonius rendered as a miniature artist’s book and stored in a mini Globe Theater.

Hamlet. Act I. Scene III. Polonius’ P’s & Q’s / by Wm. Shakespeare ; as presented by Poole Press, 2002 ; [designed and produced by Maryline P. Adams]  Berkeley, Calif. : Poole Press, c2002.

Stop by and see, it’s in the Smith Miniatures Collection  PR2807.A3  P6 2002.

This post was referenced and this book was shown in our Live Stream today.  Missed the Live Stream?  You can still watch the “archived” video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVceEwlIFJs 

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12 volumes in metal case with glass front, resembling miniature bookcase; miniature magnifying glass in slot at foot.

Midget Library, Glasgow : David Bryce & Sons, [between 1880 and 1900]


Houghton Library, Harvard University

Contents: 1. New Testament 2. Burns poems 3. Old English, Scotch and Irish poems 4. The Koran 5. Golden thoughts from great authors 6. Witty, humorous and merry thoughts 7. The smallest English dictionary in the world 8. The smallest French & English dictionary in the world 9. A new pocket dictionary of the English and German languages 10. The tourists’ conversational guide in English, French, German, Italian 11. Tiny alphabet of birds 12. Tiny alphabet of animals.

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It’s Miniature Monday!

Here we have an Almanac for 1790 by the Company of Stationers.  This well-loved little volume comes in it’s own leather sleeve, complete with matching gold gilding.  The title page gives a helpful explanation: “The Almanack Explained.  Note that under the Title of every Month is the change of the Moon, & every Month contains three Columns, 1. Days of the Month 2 .Saints Days, &c. 3.Time of high water at London Bridge”.  We have many other almanac’s in our collection, including this mini featured here.  

The Company of Stationer’s Almanac, 1790.  Charlotte Smith Uncatalogued Miniature Collection.

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-Laura H. 

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Gaston Smit pour Les Editions Prima.http://aucarrefouretrange.blogspot.fr/2013/04/editions-prima-un-ajout.html

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The Snow Drop

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Everyone, this weekend is your LAST CHANCE to check out "Illuminated Palaces." After Monday (Oct. 28), all those fantastic extra-illustrated books go off view and head back into the vaults. SO COME SEE THEM.

UPDATE: Ha! Just kidding. We’ve extended the exhibition to Nov. 18, so you have some extra time.

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Shokugaku keigen by Udagawa Yoan. Edo: Suharaya Ihachi, etc., 1837

The first edition was published in 1834. It is an introduction to botany written in kanbun(classical Chinese). It describes Linnaean taxonomy using 24 classes to classify plants by their roots and foliage and even covers such subjects as physiology and biochemistry. The illustrations from various Dutch books were used. It accompanies Shokugaku keigen zu with 21 color woodblock prints.

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Devil Tales

Virginia Frazer-Boyle
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1900

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