Greetings from the Squeaky Roll Top Desk – September 2016

Volume XXXV, Number 5, Issue Number 203, September, 2016

Hazy, Hot, and Humid, how can we forget those three
‘H’words during July and August? Dads picGood thing that someone discovered how to make lemonade and ice tea, and let’s not forget the joy of a cold slice of watermelon.  Peas, radishes, cucumber, squash, and onions galore, but we certainly have some competition for the tomatoes with the local woodchuck.  Hope your vegetable garden is growing well; it is a lot of work but certainly brings a bounty in the summer and a lot of dreaming in February.

The Microbibliophile for September contains reviews of four new miniature books including an interesting pair of Agatha Christie tomes from Plum Park Press.  Istanbul, the ‘development of embroidery’, and Irish triads draw a circle around our new miniatures for this issue.

Once again we are able to bring more information to the table regarding the elusive 1st edition of ‘Lincoln’ by Kingsport Press.  Melinda Brown has provided the readership with an outstanding article about Wilbur Macey Stone.  Nina Mazzo continues her journey through the LXIVMOS as well as the Frontispiece for this issue.  Todd Sommerfeld begins a new look at ‘bookshelves’.  The endless pen of Mr. Robert Hanson takes us into the world of US Presidential Libraries with a reprint of his visit to the Carter Library.

The Miniature Book Society’s Grand XXXIV Conclave was held in McKinney, Texas this past August 5th – 8th hosted by Ray and Barbara Williamson.  Books and bibliophiles, good friends, and good food, what more can you want in life.  A grand time was had by all.  Joan Knoertzer has provided the recap for your reading enjoyment.  Also included with this issue is a short article about the winners of the miniature book competition that were announced at the Conclave as well as the winners of the three MBS organizational awards that are presented each year.  There was an outstanding turnout regarding the keepsakes that were created for the event, some are reproduced for your viewing within this issue, more will follow in the next issue for sure.  Hope to see you at the 2017 Conclave, in Oakland, CA.

1Please share The Microbibliophile with a friend, bibliophile or not, if they like what we offer, I can send them a post-paid sample issue and some good wishes.  You can never tell when you may unlock a secret question from someone’s thoughts.  So much of the feedback that I receive about The Microbibliophile runs along the lines of ‘great diversity of information as well as colorful and many viewpoints and styles from the different contributors’.  This is the kitchen where many cooks prepare the banquet without fail, enjoyed by all, and all are welcome.  Who can foresee what joy may reside on the next page, especially with a miniature book.  I am always looking for articles and information at every turn.  Being able to shine some light between the cover boards and your bookshelves; sharing information is always a good thing.

The 2017 theme for The Microbibliophile  will be ‘The Young Bibliophile’. Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.

JMB

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Greetings from the Squeaky Roll Top Desk – May 2016

Dads picHalf way through the season of cold winds, blowing snow, and bone chilling rain and I have about half of the stove wood left on the stack.  So I guess we will make it through till the daffodils are tossing the yellow heads around in the Spring breezes.  I hope everyone enjoyed the first issue of the year and the beginning journey about booksellers.  I did receive a lot a favorable feedback, so I will continue along the subject line.  

One of the questions we explored in the last issue was the line between a publisher and a bookseller.  Stephen Byrne has provided us with a very interesting conversation/ interview between himself and the powerhouse team behind the Glennifer Press, Ian and Helen Macdonald

The Creativity Caravan works with a traveling caravan of books and ideas, check it out.  Young children are the future of our existence.  Miniature books are a part of their available literature and education.  Additionally, the genre is easy for them to understand and be participative with. 

The March issue contains two new miniature book reviews.  A reflective songbook from Bo Press, Three Songs For Soldier Johnny as well as an engineering marvel, The Construction of the New York Subway from Plum Park. 

Featured in this issue is an article by Todd Sommerfeld taking us on a journey with the REM scrolls.  I included a reprint of an article by Anne Bromer about miniature books.  More than one reader thought it would be a good time for the reprint for the benefit of new subscribers.  Lastly, Robert Hanson takes us back a few years with his article about Norman Forgue.

Frequently I mention the need to spread the word about miniature books.  Maybe it could be through the MBS Traveling Exhibit, sharing a copy of The Microbibliophile, or just talking about miniature books to people that want to learn more about our marvelous tomes.  I was invited to give a presentation about miniature books at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT on April 14th.  This was certainly a fun night and a good opportunity to meet a lot of new friends.   

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Please share The Microbibliophile with a friend, bibliophile or not, if they like what we offer, I can send them a post-paid sample issue as well as a subscription form.  I have included with this post a look into the future with a copy of our next issue tomes, The Branch Will Not Break, The Origin of Clockwork, The Ship That Sailed To Mars, Toad, The Wolf-King, and the Inverted Jenny.

You can never tell when you may unlock a secret question from someone’s thoughts.  Who can foresee what joy may reside on the next page.  I am always looking for articles and information from every reader, bring some sunshine onto the scene, and chase away the gray clouds of winter.  Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life. 

JMB

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Greetings from the Squeaky Roll Top Desk – November 2015

Volume XXXIV, Number 6, Issue Number 198,November, 2015

Wow, where does the time go, another year of The Microbibliophile draws to a close.  As I used to like to say about working for a big company, ‘If it was any more fun we would have Dads picto give money back’.  Here in New Jersey we seemed to go from summer to the late fall in a blink of a few days. Very cool nights, so much so that I got the garden put away, chimney cleaned, and the woodstove ready to go by the end of September.  I hope that the winter will be a mild one and not a repeat of the Arctic Express of 2015.

With the end of the subscription year comes my request for your continued support and subscription payment for the coming year.  The subscription rates will remain the same as last year.  I understand that the mail carrier has to pay his bills as well but I hope that there is not another increase in mail charges.  The cost of mailing is the single biggest expense in the entire production process for The Microbibliophile.  There is a subscription reminder sheet enclosed with this issue requesting your payment before the end of December.

I received more than a few favorable comments about the last issue.  Readers liked the amount of information that was provided and the diversity of articles, so ‘steady on course, captain’.  Should you wish to report an addition or a needed correction please do let me know of it.  A few collectors are on the hunt for Frowde books that they did not know existed as part of the full list compiled in the last issue.

The current issue contains six new miniature book reviews.  Included are an outstanding artist book publication by Leslie Gerry, two books from the Plum Park Press, two titles from Bo Press one of which is a special holiday book, and another matchbox book from Susan Angebranndt’s Green Chair Press.

In place with the coming holidays, there are several visitors with contributions to this issue.  Joan Knoertzer provided an update on Christmas books, Todd Sommerfeld completed his two-part article about the CPL, Emil Goozairow shares his book artist talents, Pat Pistner provides an interesting look at one of her antiquarian almanacs and Robert Hanson talks about Roger Hillary.  Well done to all of the contributors, nothing like a full table at Sunday dinner.

Please share The Microbibliophile with a friend, bibliophile or not, if they like what we offer, I can send them a post-paid sample issue as well as a subscription form.

If you would like to submit a review of a favorite book, new or old, or an informative article about a miniature book or a related topic, please do so.  I am still waiting for someone to use the QR codes for their immediate feedback.  Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.

I want to wish everyone a Great Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and the best holiday season for you and your family.

JMB

 

 

 

THE MICROBIBLIOPHILE©

A Bimonthly Journal about Miniature Books and the Book Arts

Robert F. Hanson, Founder, 1977

ISSN# 1097-5551

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              Volume XXXIV, Number 6, Issue Number 198, November, 2015

Book Reviews and Criticism:  
     The Cookie Tree, by Pat Sweet, published by Bo Press 05
     Had I But Known, by Pat Sweet, published by Bo Press 06
     New York Reflections,  by Leslie Gerry, published by Leslie Gerry Editions 07
     The Five Orange Pips, by Arthur Conan Doyle, published by Plum Park Press 08
     Type Cases and Composing Room Furniture, compiled by A. A. Stewart, published by Plum Park Press 09
     Foot of the Bed, by Susan Angebranndt, published by Green Chair Press 10
Special Features:  
     My Favorite Christmas Book, by Todd Sommerfeld 10
     Miniature Book Ornaments, The Holiday Tradition Continues, by Joan Knoertzer 11
     A Short History of Printing, Clay Tablets to Computers 12
     My Favorite Christmas Book, by Jim Brogan 13
     Book Jackets, Additional Information and Examples 14
     Things That You Can Learn From a Miniature Book 17
     Book Shops, A Reprint by Lawrence Clark Powell 18
     Books That Are Out of the Box, Triangles 19
     Great Collectors, Paul Lemperly 20
     Research Books, An Updated List 21
     Let’s Go Back In Time 22
     Information Sharing, ABAA Newsletter 22
     Antiquarian Delights, The Nuremberg Almanac, by Pat Pistner 31
     Three by Hillary,  by Robert F. Orr Hanson 34
     Is Book Collecting A Dying Hobby?, by Paula Jarvis 36
Departments:  
     Get the Ink Ready, Start the Presses        18
     Bookshelves, Cleveland Public Library, by Todd Sommerfeld        23
     Meet The Book Artist, Emil Goozairow 26
     MBS Exhibit 30
     Catalogues Received & Upcoming Events 37
     Terms and Definitions, ‘leporello’ 38
     The January/February 2016 Frontispiece  40
     Classified       41

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Sherry Mayo, Publisher   James M. Brogan, Editor

© 2015 by James M. Brogan

 

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Greetings from the Squeaky Roll Top Desk: March 2015

Volume XXXIV, Number 2, Issue Number 194, March 2015

I hope we have seen the end of the cold wind and blowing snow Mother Nature has shown us this winter here in North America.  Good thing I had not planned to visit the St. Onge books at the Goddard Library in Worcester ~48 inches of snow since January 28th, unbelievable.  Any snow received in March is generally melted away with the longer days and hopefully we will be able to plant the peas in the garden by the Ides of March.  Plans are underway for the MBS Conclave in Amsterdam this August, seems like I remember there being giant fields of bright flowers there as well as many outdoor book stalls. Make your plans early. 

Dads picLooks like we are on to a great start for the new year. I received several positive responses to the two new “features” that were introduced with the January issue. I hope the momentum carriers forward and you send in your words and thoughts concerning books for the antiquarian and ‘unique format’ book features.  The features this month are The Little Flirt, by A.J. Fisher Company and Dard Hunter: Miscellaneous Thoughts and Reflections, by REM.  Bob Massmann was certainly a master of unique formats.  It would be a nice touch to have an article about some children’s antiquarian miniature books.  A few years back the MBS Conclave visited the Coston Children’s Library at Princeton University.  Certainly, a wealth of information and books in this subject area, maybe some ideas will jump off your shelves. 

         There are six miniature books reviewed this month, including two additional matchbox books.  .  Included in the review list are with two books by Plum Park Press, a catalogue by Bo Press Miniature Books a ‘book about books’, by Christine Amato, published by CAW and the two matchbox books by Green Chair Press. We conclude the short series content review of My Favorite Miniature Book, published by Charlotte M. Smith. Additionally, Todd Sommerfeld, has written an article about ‘associations’ of books. Polly Eaton has contributed a wonderful article about how she got started in miniature book collecting.  The frontispiece story continues with the adventures of Sanne, by C. Darleen Cordova.  The ‘Famous Miniature Book Person’ article for this issue is, Kalman Levitan, a driving force in the early years of the Miniature Book Society.

     The more eyes, ears, and pens we have, the more The Microbibliophile becomes your publication.  Think about what you may want to say, ‘open a new file’ on your PC and click away, you will be surprised at how much fun you can have putting words to your thoughts.

     Please share The Microbibliophile with a friend and your librarian, if they like what we offer, I can send them a sample issue as well as a subscription form.

     If you would like to submit a review of a favorite book, new or old, or an informative article about a miniature books or a related topic, please do so, I can certainly use your help and the offer is always on the table.  My eyes will have that extra sparkle when I open the little brass door of Box 5453, and find your article.  Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.  The days are getting longer now and it will but a short time until we can sit in the gazebo, read, and enjoy the outdoor life.

JMB

 

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Greetings from the Squeaky Roll Top Desk: January 2015

Volume XXXIII, Number 1, Issue Number 193, January 2015

Wseem to just get the holiday wrapping paper picked up and the annual deluge of seed catalogs begins to stuff the mailbox and pile up on the ottoman, waiting for the dogs to topple everything over. Life goes on , for sure and I welcome the the new year and I wish everyone the best for the ‘first day of the rest of your life’. 

Dads pic2015 should be an exciting time for all of the readers of and the editor of The Microbibliophile.  In addition to our regular features and activities, I am adding two new features, which I hope, will bring a lot of reading enjoyment and opportunity for participation.  First, I am adding an ‘antiquarian book review’ to each issue.  Second, a review of a ‘different/unique format’ book will also be included in each issue.  I welcome your participation in the selection of the offerings as well as the actual writing of the reviews if you so choose.  Next, Michael Garbett, a subscriber and book dealer from England will contribute some recap information about the business of miniature books from his part of the world from time to time.  The ‘Great Miniature Book Bibliographic Database’ is a long-term project to document and electronically publish all there is to be said about published miniature books.  Another project that needs ‘doing’ and is making some headway is the nurturing and recruitment of new miniature bibliophiles.  Over the past few years, I have written a few articles about this.  Well as the saying goes, ‘you never know you are getting old if you keep busy’.  Stay tuned for sure.

         There are nine miniature books reviewed this month, some are short and sweet and some require at least a few hours to read through.  Included in the review list are with two books by Plum Park Press, two by Bo Press Miniature Books and three books from a publisher new to The Microbibliophile, Green Chair Press that is the work of Susan Angebranndt.  Additionally, Book People, the second miniature book published by Todd Sommerfeld, is reviewed and number nine is a miniature cookbook.  The ‘Famous Miniature Book Person’ article for this issue is E. Helene Sherman, one of the fore-most artists who specialized in calligraphy and book illumination.

     The more eyes, ears, and pens we have, the more The Microbibliophile becomes your publication.  Think about what you may want to say, ‘open a new file’ on your PC and click away.  It takes some coaxing to get people in the writing mode, but once they start, they always say they had a good time doing it.  What could be easier than using the tools we have today such as email, ‘cut and paste’, and spell checker.

     Please share The Microbibliophile with a friend and your librarian, if they like what we offer, I can send them a sample issue as well as a subscription form.

     If you would like to submit a review of a favorite book, new or old, or an informative article about a miniature books or a related topic, please do so, I can certainly use your help and the offer is always on the table.  My eyes will have that extra sparkle when I open the little brass door of Box 5453, and find your article.  Actually electronic docs are easier to handle but whatever is best for you is fine with me.  Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.  The cold winter days will soon begin to lengthen and sunshine will again fill the windows of life for you.

       JMB

 

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Greetings from the Squeaky Roll Top Desk – July 2014

The weather of Spring was certainly a welcome thing for sure.  I often read that a very large percentage of people grow vegetable in their home gardens every year.  I am not exactly sure what that percentage is or the sizes of the gardens planted but I would guess that it is something like book collecting.  Some folks have large gardens with many different things represented and others may concentrate on a few favorites that continue to bring them joy with each harvest.  What could be better than a red ripe fresh Jersey tomato?  Elaine would show you the basket of the baby cucumbers or a fresh zucchini bread.  As with each bibliophile’s book collection, there is a bit of something for everyone, always a topic of conversation, priceless!

Dads picI received a lot of feedback from the readers about how much they enjoyed the May-June issue.  I am glad that we appear to be hitting the mark for subject content, diversity, and everything else that we include in each issue.  Special thanks to Gail Curry for her article about Mr. Bondy, it was a hit with everyone that I spoke with.  More importantly, when the comments go in the direction of ‘I did not know that about Mr. Bondy’ or ‘you taught me something new’ it makes it all the more worthwhile.  The subject of ‘Antiquarian Books’ is part of the ongoing series about book collecting.  Certainly, some collectors focus entirely on antiquarians and other may shy away from them.  I hope to give you a good overview and maybe stimulate some interest and comments on the subject.

The Miniature Book Society Grand Conclave XXXII will be held in Boston, Massachusetts this summer.  The actual dates are August 15-17, 2014.  Be sure to check the expanded list of details as provided on the MBS website, www.mbs.org.  I know that transportation today can be ‘taxing’ both in terms of time, aggravation, and least, not expensive.  However, the Conclave is a unique experience and a fun time for everyone who attends.  If you have not attended in the past and would like some personal words from someone who certainly looks forward to the event each year, give me a call for a personal ‘run through’.  The location this year is just bubbling over with ‘bookish things’ to do as well as many additional activities.  As they say in the real estate business, ‘location..location..location’.
There are five new miniature books reviews this month, and a special visit with an ‘older’ miniature book set highlighting some of my favorite work by Charles Dickens.

     Limit 55, by Rick Palkovic, published by Flying Pig Press
The First Book of Optics, by Isaac Newton, published by Plum Park Press
Persuasion, by Jane Austen, Volume I, published by Plum Park Press
12 Rivers, by Pat Sweet,  published by Bo Press Miniature Books
Stars, by Jill Timm,  published by Mystical Places Press

Tony Firman and Mark Palkovic have published new books.  Along with Pat Sweet’s latest book she also shares some of her other ‘bookish’ creations.  Jill Timm’s book comes with some outstanding photos that are ‘out of this world’.  The ‘famous miniature book person’ article this month is about Doris Varner Welsh, an outstanding woman.  A new addition to our journal is to have a reader select the ‘frontispiece’ each month and possibly write the accompanying description.  Darleen Cordova was ‘first at bat’ and I hope you like her story and choose to participate.  The more eyes, ears, and pens we have the more The Microbibliophile becomes your publication.

Please share The Microbibliophile with a friend or your librarian, if they like what we offer, I can send them a sample issue as well as a subscription form.
If you would like to submit a review of a favorite book, new or old, or an informative article about a miniature books or a related topic, please do so, I can certainly use your help and the offer is always on the table.  My eyes will have a bit of extra sparkle when I open the little brass door of Box 5453, and find your article.  Actually electronic docs are easier to handle but whatever is best for you is fine with me.  Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.

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Greetings from the Squeaky Roll Top Desk – May 2014

The snow crocuses have come and gone and the daffodils are showing us all of their glory, their bright yellow crowns beam like beacons as the lighthouses of the garden. Well I for one am certainly glad that the winter is but a distant memory, we ran out of salt in February, and thankfully, the firewood lasted until the last cold evenings of mid April.Dads pic

I hope that ‘Organizing Your Book Collection’ in the last issue hit the mark for many of the readers. I did not receive a lot of feedback specific to the article but sometimes no news is good news. With this issue I am exploring the world of ‘Buying from Book Dealers’ and will also expand the curriculum a bit with regard to ‘cataloguing your collection’ briefly introducing you to some computer software that is available for the home library. At times software developers add so many features, in their packages, that they take on a mind of their own; you might think you were in charge of cataloging the Library of Congress. For me a ‘compared list of features’ as well as a ‘quick start’ should be all you need to get the process underway. I have included a ‘Short History of The Microbibliophile’ as more than a few readers have asked about this. I have also incorporated an ‘ongoing contiguous’ Issue Number to the publication beginning with the current issue. Be sure to read this article as there are also some questions I ask about indexing, what I would like to share with you and understand what is of value to a searchable index for you?

The Miniature Book Society Grand Conclave XXXII will be held in Boston, Massachusetts this summer. The actual dates are August 15-17, 2014. Be sure to check the expanded list of details as provided on the MBS website, www.mbs.org. The MBS is a strong and vibrant organization that is a magnet for miniature book collectors as well as a wonderful resource for educational information and events. Plans are being expanded and in addition to the regular Conclave program, the Monday tour of the Antiquarian Society and Goddard Library should be a showstopper.

There are six new miniature books reviews for you this month, and a special visit with an ‘older’ miniature book/keepsake. Pat Sweet and Tony Firman continue to amaze me with their publications. Jill Timm’s book comes with a set of ‘3-D’ glasses. Caroline Brandt’s third imprint is a special story and it is a companion volume with her imprint number 2. The miniature book titles reviewed are:

1. Welcome To Hell, by Pat Sweet, published by BoPress Miniature Books
2. Masters of Water Color Painting, by H. M. Cundall, published by Plum Park Press
3. The Invisible Man, by H. G. Wells, published by Plum Park Press
4. Leather Helmets, by Pat Sweet, published by Bo Press Miniature Books
5. MiniScapes, by Jill Timm, published by Mystical Places Press
6. Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure, by William H. Loos, published by Cyclone Books

The ‘famous miniature book person’ article this month is about Louis W. Bondy , the article was written by Gail Curry. Moving thru 2014, this series will also include Robert Massmann, and Doris Varner Welsh and Charlotte Smith. I have included a list of ‘abbreviations’ of terms that you may encounter as you look at ‘for sale’ listing for miniature books. There are several new and interesting events posted that should spark some ideas for you as miniature book collectors, please check out the details in our ‘Events’ section. There is also some interesting information about a letter written by A. J. St. Onge which documents just how many copies of his book, ‘The Inaugural Address of Thomas Jefferson’ were released after being received from the binder.

We are also undertaking a new initiative working with Pat Sweet, owner and publisher of ‘Bo Press Miniature Books’, to investigate and understand how to expand the ongoing dialog and reach between bibliophiles. Part of what we are looking at is the use of blogs and how best to engage people on the subject of miniature books. Visit the bopressminiaturebooks.com/blog site to see what Pat has to say. We are interested in your feedback .

Share The Microbibliophile with a friend, if they like what we offer I can send them a sample issue as well as a subscription form, new customers are always good for business.

If you would like to submit a review of a favorite book, new or old, or an informative article about a miniature books or a related topic, please do so, I can certainly use your help and the offer is always on the table. The deadline for articles for the next issue is June 15 2014. My eyes will have a bit of extra sparkle when I open the little brass door of Box 5453, and find your article. Actually electronic docs are easier to handle but whatever is best for you is fine with me. Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.

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Greetings from the Squeaky Roll Top Desk – March 2014

Wow what a crazy weather ride we have been on so far this year, not just in North America but all around the world. The good thing is that time marches on and we will soon be done with the snow and ice and can move on with planting the peas in the vegetable garden. Dads pic

I hope that everyone has enjoyed the beginning of our new theme: ‘Book Collecting’ for 2014. Several readers have expressed interest in ‘pushing the pen’ across the table and submitting articles. The lead article with this issue is about ‘Organizing Your Book Collection’. I would like to extend the invitation to any of our ‘book dealer/readers’ to tackle the article for the next issue, ‘Sources of Book Sales Information’, i.e. dealers, catalogues, auctions, internet sales, and book fairs, all interesting places to make a purchase for sure.

The Miniature Book Society Grand Conclave XXXII will be held in Boston, Massachusetts this summer. The actual dates are August 15-17, 2014. Be sure to check the expanded list of details as provided on the MBS website, www.mbs.org. The MBS is a strong and vibrant organization that is a magnet for miniature book collectors as well as a wonderful resource for educational information and events. MBS and Boston, a great pair, priceless; give some thought to what you may want to do as a ‘keepsake’.

There are four new miniature books reviews for you this month as well as a special visit with an ‘older’ miniature book. Pat Sweet and Tony Firman continue to amaze me with their publications, Jill Timm’s book is in one word, ‘visual’, and Margaret Challenger, a lettering artist, has provided an excellent new miniature book for us. The ‘famous miniature book person’ article this month is about Msgr. Francis J. Weber; defined with a well-written article by Darleen Cordova. Moving into 2014, this series will talk about Louis Bondy, Robert Massmann, and Doris Varner Welsh. I have also put together a list of additional research books that focus on book collecting, not just miniatures but book collecting in general. There are several new and interesting events posted that should interest you as miniature book collectors, please check out the details in our ‘Events’ section. Going back to the Conclave city of Boston, talk about a book town, start your planning now so you will be sure to be rested up for the expedition. New collectors are always interested to learn more about book collecting and experienced collectors will have the opportunity to share their knowledge with the readers as we move through the year and maybe learn something new as well.

Share The Microbibliophile with a friend, if they like what we offer I can send them a sample issue as well as a subscription form, new customers are always good for business.

If you would like to submit a review of a favorite book, new or old, or an informative article about a miniature books or a related topic, please do so, I can certainly use your help and the offer is always on the table. My eyes will have a bit of extra sparkle when I open the little brass door of Box 5453, and find your article. Actually electronic copies are easier to handle but whatever is best for you. Thank you for the opportunity to bring
The Microbibliophile into your life. 
JMB

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Greetings from the Squeaky Roll Top Desk January 2013

November and December just seemed to fly across the calendar faster than you can blink your eye. Maybe it is because of all the holidays that are part of these months, or maybe it is the ‘changing of the clocks’, who knows? Seems like only yesterday I put the last issue in the mail, and here I am hitting the keyboard again.

I received many wonderful comments about our November/December issue. I hope that the quality and variety of content will continue to please all of our readers. Feedback is the lifeblood of ongoing success so please continue to let me know what you like and would like to read about.

I am as excited about beginning this year’s long journey detailing the various aspects of the life and work of Achille J. St. Onge, as I was when I started 2012 and the Dickens series. Well maybe I am a bit more excited about this year’s topics as the St. Onge books are the catalyst that moved me into the world of miniature book collecting. There is an interesting story about me getting off the elevator, on the wrong floor, in the B. Altman’s Department Store in NYC. There in front of me was a small case with miniature books and a copy of St. Onge’s ‘Abraham Lincoln 1809-1959’, by Carl Sandburg. I will save the additional details about that ‘chance of the day’ until another issue. I think that some of the information that I have been able to gather and print as part of this issue has not been printed before. Certainly not in anything I have been able to read previously. There is a certain amount of gathering and research involved in working back in time to highlight the work of a person like St. Onge. After contacting several readers and collectors, I have been able to locate the home collections of several variants and hopefully we will be able to bring you some pictures along the way since most of the variants are very rare indeed. Bob Massmann and ‘Archie’ enjoyed a long and fruitful friendship. Bob has agreed to give use some of his great insight and information, sometimes a bit of a funny story, and sometimes an explanation about the books and the man. I also want to extend a special ‘Thank you’ to David Nicholson, a subscriber and MBS member who helped me with the St. Onge research for this issue.

The Miniature Book Society is planning its 2013 Conclave in Vancouver, Canada; the dates are August 9-11. If you have never been to Vancouver, now is the time to make your plans and reservations. Vancouver has been voted one of the best cities in the world to live in or visit. Jan Kellet and I are co-hosting the event and we hope to make your Conclave experience the best ever. The specifics can be reviewed on the MBS website as well as a special blog website that is maintained by Jan, ‘dewaldenpress.com’. The most current information within the blog is an insight to Granville Island, one of the many attractions in Vancouver, by Angelika Jaeck. In addition to the Conclave activities, I am planning to take my wife Elaine for a ‘float plane’ ride out of the harbor and across all of the surrounding mountains. Priceless. If you do not have access to the Internet, drop me a line and I will be more than happy to send you some hardcopy.

There are six new miniature book reviews for you this month, including a ‘six-volume set’ of poems by Robert Burns. There is plenty to read including the second installment about medieval bookmaking by Randy Asplund, papermaking by Peter Thomas, strange facts by Michael Garbett, book curses by Margaret Challenger, a special article about John Steinbeck, by our founding editor and much more.

Hope you enjoyed that ‘Smokin Bishop’ with your last issue, it is snowing again here in NJ so hopefully it is time to put another log on the fire, sit back and enjoy The Microbibliophile.

If you would like to submit a review of a favorite book, new or old, or an informative article about a topic related to miniature books, please do so. I will be looking for your envelope when I open the little brass door of Box 5453. BTW, if you have not submitted your renewal form and payment, another copy is enclosed; this is the last issue, which will be mailed to you until your payment is received. Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.

James M Brogan, Editor

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Welcome to the Microbibliophile, this is our first official post on our new site!

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