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Chinese Comic Journey To the West (20 booklets in Box, 1996)
1 Chinese Comic Journey To the West (20 booklets in Box, 1996)
Shanghai Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing House 1996 7532216462 / 9787532216468 Presumed First Soft covers Fine books and VG Box 
I bought this last night at a book and paper sale -- what a surprise! I have been going to this place for 20 years and never have I seen any any Asian items I can recall. The box is covered with blue cloth and is clean and sturdy. Inside are two stacks of small comic books, ten on each side.The text is in Chinese, but the black and white drawings tell a story too. The little books measure 3-1/2" x 5". I was able to translate much, but the same exact specific item was used in every translation site which was a problem because two books are missing from that one. Mine has ALL TWENTY. The translated ones are:Dragon Palace I; Dragon Palace II; Two Mountains; Gao Laozhuang; Quicksand; White Tiger; True Hawk; Red Baby; Tongtian River; Golden Pocket; True Monkey Ling; Flaming Mountain; Fake West; Pirates of the Caribbean; Lion Camel; No Bottom Hole; Battle of Qinglongshen; and Retrieve the Scriptures. As stated the little booklets are clean and attractive, as is the box which has only a grey spot to the title box on the outside. A very nice collectible. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Daily Food for Christians 1910 (Miniature Book)
2 Daily Food for Christians 1910 (Miniature Book)
New York Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Circa 1910 Hard cover Very Good No jacket 
Pretty little book which was a gift from a mother to her daughter. The book has no printed date so the inscription dated 1910 saves the day. It measures 3-1/4" x 2-1/2" and has 192 pages. The book is nicely made with subtle endpapers and gilding around all three edges of the text block. Book was intended to be read daily -- a few lines from Scripture and a few from a hymn. The inscription reads "Miss Virginia Lane Christmas, 1910 From Mother." 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Miniature Catholic Prayer Book  Czechoslavakia 1908
3 Miniature Catholic Prayer Book Czechoslavakia 1908
Czechoslavakia Unknown 1908 hard cover Very Good 
I wish I could provide more information on this pretty little Catholic prayer book published in Czechoslavkia, but I have only the bare bones. It's made of celluloid and decorated at edges of reverse sides of both front and back covers with pretty gold and white dentelles and page edges are gilded on all three sides. Other than the cover art there are no additional images. No names or writing either. Measures 2-1/4"x3-1/2" and has 256 pages. 
Price: 23.00 USD
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My Fairy Tale Castle (10 small books)
4 My Fairy Tale Castle (10 small books)
Fairfield, Iowa Reading's Fun LTD. 1997 096497777X / 9780964977778 First printing. Hard cover books in card folder Very good condition 
This is one of those book sets that litle people like. The folder is large at 12-1/2" x 15-1/2", but it opens to show ten classic children's stories. The little books are a tiny 3-1/3" x 4-1/4" and include these titles: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Beauty and the Beast, The Ugly Duckling, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man, The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs and Cinderella. I can't resist pieces-parts and neither can kids! This set was used, but gently, and all things are there. Two of the niches for the books needed a small repair, one corner each, but all is well now. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Life and Times of Mao Tse-Tung, Nelson Mandela, Hitler, Jack the Ripper, Mussolini, Muhammad Ali, Lawrence of Arabia, Pol Pot (1994-96 8 small volumes)
5 The Life and Times of Mao Tse-Tung, Nelson Mandela, Hitler, Jack the Ripper, Mussolini, Muhammad Ali, Lawrence of Arabia, Pol Pot (1994-96 8 small volumes)
Bristol, England Siena (one Parragon) 1994-1996 one 1st edition, the rest later printings Hard cover Fine condition 
This is a small collection of eight small books which measure a diminutive 3-1/2" x 4-1/2". Technically, they are not true miniatures, but they are small enough to charm and large enough to read. Seven of the eight were published by Siena in 1996 with one, Hitler, being a Parragon first edition from 1994. Siena, however, is an imprint of Parragon. The books are illustrated in both color and black and white and have an average 70 pages. All are clean and attractive, designed with laminated pictorial boards. This is a large series, which would be be fun to collect. 
Price: 28.95 USD
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Your New Westclox Alarm (Miniature Advertising Book 1930's))
6 Your New Westclox Alarm (Miniature Advertising Book 1930's))
La Salle, Illinois Western Clock Company 1920's - 1930's soft cover Fine condition 
Attention miniature book collectors! Though this isn't really a book it became one when Westclox turned their advertising message into a story. The odds of finding one of these are probably poor to none because it measures a tiny 2-1/4" x 3-1/4". Oddly there's no date, but given the picture of the stove -- yes, the little book is illustrated -- appears to be from the late 20's or the 30's. Westclox made alarm clocks in 1909, so they were nothing new. But you'd never know that by reading the little book about all the many things a Westclox alarm clock can help you with through the day. The book is like new with 18 pages and six illustrations. Great collectible for horologists, or miniature book fans. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Miniature Book Collector Volume I Nos. 1-2-3-4 Plus Two Miniature Life Magazines (1960), Admomeit, Ruth
7 Admomeit, Ruth The Miniature Book Collector Volume I Nos. 1-2-3-4 Plus Two Miniature Life Magazines (1960)
Cleveland, Ohio Ruth Adomeit 1960 Volume I, Nos. 1-2-3-4 soft cover Fine condition 
These little magazines are revered by collectors and members of the Miniature Book Society which was launched by Ruth Adomeit and other like-minded bibliophiles. Adomiet lived in Cleveland, Ohio and at her time was the largest collector of miniature books in the world. The collection was bequeathed to Indiana University upon her death in 1996. Here we have the coveted first year's output -- all four magazines. In these pages, which measure 3-1/4"x4", are many topics including: how to define a miniature book; Le Petite Oiseau Press; Japanese miniature books; books about miniature books; Life Magazine in miniature; and more. Each issue has 16 pages. Also, along with the magazines are two much thinner issues of Life magazine, the very first issue which came out November 23, 1936 and a later one (no date) in full color, likely from 1960. These measure 2-1/4" x 3-1/4". Very desirable and very scarce.(Collector --Drawer I) 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Child's Bible and Prayer Book 1932 (Miniature 2
8 Carpenter, Cecil C. The Child's Bible and Prayer Book 1932 (Miniature 2"x 1-1/2")
Peoria, Illinois The Baby Bible and Prayer Book Company 1932 soft cover Very good 
This is a true miniature Bible measuring 2" tall by 1-1/2" wide. It looks exactly like a regular sized one with bright red page edges and a textured black cover with yapped edges which are (miraculously) intact. It can easily be read and it is illustrated with one tiny black and white plate. Book is very clean and tightly bound. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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The Greatest Thing in the World, Drummond, Henry
9 Drummond, Henry The Greatest Thing in the World
London and Glasgow Collins No date, but odler Flexible boards Fine condition 
This little book is technically shy of being a true miniature. It's 3" wide and 3-3-/4" tall and has 80 pristine pages and a beautiful binding with bright printing to face. The book appears to be about Christianity from a 19th century evangelical perspective. The thrust seems to be the importance of love, kindness and integrity. Would make a sweet little gift book. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Washington In Miniature (1956), Jelleff, Frank R.
10 Jelleff, Frank R. Washington In Miniature (1956)
U.S.A. Frank R. Jelleff Inc. 1956 Second edition from 1926 original Card cover Very good condition Rochon Hoover Studio 
I love miniature books and this one is charming at 2-1/4"x 3-1/2". It's staple bound with a clean green cover nicely printed in black. Only fault i a small stain on back cover (see photo).Inside are highly detailed drawings of Washington D.C.and environs -- landmarks include the White House, Blair House, the Department of Commerce, Mount Vernon etc.. All are printed on cream paper and offer information on each depiction. 46 views in all. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The World of Peter Rabbit (23 Perfect  Little Books, 1989), Potter, Beatrix
11 Potter, Beatrix The World of Peter Rabbit (23 Perfect Little Books, 1989)
England F. Warne and Company 1989 Later printings Hard cover Fine books in good sleeve Fine Dustjackets 
Twenty-three lovely little books appear unread in their pictorial sleeve. Handsome green cloth bindings and pristine dustjackets. Only the sleeve shows some creases -- the books are prrfect. Titles include A Tale of Peter Rabbit; The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin; The Tailor of Goucester; The Tale of Benjamin Bunny; The Tale of Two Bad Mice; The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle; The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher; The Tale of Tom Kitten; The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck; The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies; The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse; The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes; The Tale of Johnny Town Mouse; The Tale of Mr. Tod; The Tale of Pigling Bland; The Tale of Samuel Whiskers; The Tale of the Pie and Patty Pan; The Tale of Ginger and Pickles; The Tale of the Little Pig Robinson;The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit; The Story of Miss Moppet; Appely Dappley's Nursery Rhymes; and Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes. The books themselves measure a diminutive 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" and the sleeve at it's widest measures 8" across and 6" high. 4-1/2" x 5-3/4". Would make a lovely gift. 
Price: 36.00 USD
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Reed's Parliamentary Rules With Suggestions For Special Rules (1900), Reed, Thomas B.
12 Reed, Thomas B. Reed's Parliamentary Rules With Suggestions For Special Rules (1900)
Chicago Rand McNally 1900 Later printing Hard cover Very good 
Very nice, clean, pocket sized book which was initially published in 1894, then again in 1898 and here in 1900. The condition is quite good and the book is small at 4"x 6" with very clean bright end papers and pages. The exterior shows a little rubbing to the cloth at the top and bottom of the spine, but no loss of fabric. There are 19 chapters in 229 pages. There was also a tiny tear to top edge at the very back of the book, all of which were repaired by me with tiny pieces of almost invisible and non-browning archival tape. I also just noticed a clean snip to the corner of the last blank page, but, fortunately, the back end paper was not involved. The author was Speaker of the House of Representatives. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Verdi's La Traviata In Three Acts (Pocket Libretto Library 1948), Verdi, Giuseppe
13 Verdi, Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata In Three Acts (Pocket Libretto Library 1948)
New York Allen, Towne and Heath Inc. 1948 Hard cover Very good condition 
These little books are charming. I have four at the moment -- this one is La Traviata by Verdi. The book is small at 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" and has a bio of the composer, a commentary which explains the nuances of the plot, a list of characters, and the libretto itself. There is also a list of recordings from Columbia and Victor, plus famous themes from La Traviata. There is also an image of Verdi at frontis. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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