- New York: The Grolier Club, 2019.
- 8 x 11.5 inches
- Hardcover, dust jacket
- 436 pages
- ISBN: 9781605830759
Price: $95.00 save 10% $85.50 other currencies
Order Nr. 133469
Winner of Honorable Mention in the Leab Book Award Category 1:
"The breadth of the collection within the stricture of the miniature book highlights objects from around the globe both beautifully and comprehensively. The quality of the item descriptions in particular argues that bibliographical description can be a form of scholarship in its own right, an aspect of the catalogue that the committee finds particularly commendable." - Leab Awards Committee
Curated by Patricia J. Pistner and Jan Storm van Leeuwen; edited by George Ong. With numerous color illustrations, most at actual size. Published to accompany the eponymous Grolier exhibition on show at the Club March 5-May 19 2019.
Size does matter! In this collection of diminutive books and bindings the size restriction ranges from a grand height of 4 inches to less than 1 millimeter. Spanning 4,500 years, on view are 275 miniature examples of cuneiform tablets and other antiquities, mediaeval manuscripts, early printed books, and contemporary artists books and design bindings representing a variety of artistic styles. The tiny tomes are from the extensive collection of Pat Pistner, who contributes the Introduction. With prefatory essays by Jan Storm van Leeuwen and Todd Pattison, followed by detailed descriptions of the books in the exhibition, each description the work of an expert or scholar in binding, typography, illustration, or some other aspect of the printed book. A uniquely valuable (and uniquely entertaining) survey of landmarks in printing art and history as revealed through miniature books.
Set in Arno and Fakt by Tina Henderson. Printed on GardaPat Kiara paper by Trifolio SRL in Verona, Italy. Photography by Tom Grill. Design by Rebecca Silvers, Production by Claire Bidwell, Miko McGinty, Inc.