Chicago: Black Cat Press, ca. 1945. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of "a very limited edition", miniature book, 49 pp. Near fine. Item #19012334
Designed by Norman W. Fogue "and printed in a very limited edition", this miniature book contains a story of the leader of a medical unit during World War I who discovers a valuable book printed by members of the Elzevir family, Dutch publishers and printers from the seventeenth century. The book is bound by Bela Blau, a Hungarian bookbinder known for his meticulous attention to detail and fine binding of miniature books.
The book is dedicated "To all the members of the Caxton Club", a bibliophilic society founded in 1895 to promote the history of the book and book arts (n. b., info from Wikipedia). This volume is one of a set of three, on the subject of book collecting and all bound by Blau, but easily stands alone as a story for book lovers everywhere.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter green leather with marbled paper boards, vertical gilt lines along the edges of the leather on the front and rear boards, gilt rules and lettering on the spine, marbled endpapers in green and yellow, French folds, frontispiece an illustration of books in black and green, title page in green and black, running heads and page numbers printed in green; monotype Roman, miniature book (2.25" by 1.75"), pagination: [1-8] 9-47  [1 colophon], one of "a very limited edition", unnumbered.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; very light rubbing to the corners, else fine.
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