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The " Petites Heures " of Charles VIII of France, Book of Hours (use of Paris); in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment

BOOK DESCRIPTION: THE "PETITES HEURES" CHARLES VIII OF FRANCE; TINY BOOK OF HOURS FOR THE PERSONAL USE OF A KING. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment, France, Paris, c. 1490-1493 (before 1494). Dimensions 73 x 49 mm., 206 folios, complete, writt...

From Les Enluminures

$575,000.00


Drawing of a seated Dervish with his followers seating in front of him and playing music, signed by Reza-i Abbasi by Safavid Isfahan school of painting by Reza-i Abbasi

1624 Drawing. Good. No Binding. Signed by Illustrator(s). Titled in Persian "Majlis-I yawm-I sa'id ast" (Session of the happy day), signed "Raqm Kamineh Reza-i Abbasi" and dated 1034 AH.,- 1624 AD. Measurments of drawing: 13x11.5 cm (complete page: 23x17 ...

From Archive

$150,000.00


Cradle Verses. by GREENAWAY (Kate) and LOCKER (Frederick)

GREENAWAY (Kate) and LOCKER (Frederick): Cradle Verses. 1880. Illuminated Manuscript of Four Poems by Frederick Locker, written by his own hand, with extensive illustrations in watercolors by Kate Greenaway. This charming book was prepared on commission...

From BATTLEDORE LTD

$75,000.00


Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures by Bromer, Anne C. and Julian I. Edison

NY: Abrams and The Grolier Club, 2007. Claes, Edgard. Small quarto. 215pp. One of 250 deluxe copies for sale, signed by the authors and including a facsimile of the book in miniature format. Lavishly illustrated in full color throughout, this set won fir...

From Bromer Booksellers

$22,500.00


Portrait of a standing yong female with long hair holding a clip, signed: Raqm i kamineh (R) by Safavid Isfahan school of painting

Painting. Very Good. No Binding. Signed by Illustrator(s). 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Central panel: 17.5x6.5 cm. Leaf: 24.5x16.5 cm. illustrated with animal and floral motifs. The portrait is tiny signed at the mid-right: "Raqm kamineh R.". Ink drawing ...

From Archive

$20,000.00


THE JUVENILE BIBLE, or History of the Old and New Testaments; In Miniature: Being a Concise Relation of Events contained in the HOLY SCRIPTURES. Adorned with Numerous Embellishments. by MINIATURE BIBLE (Thumb Bible).:

London, John Bysh, 52 Paternoster Row, (1820).. Circa 1820, FIRST AND ONLY EDITION, 32mo, approximately 66 x 42 mm, 2½ x 1¾ inches, engraved frontispiece and 31 plates all nicely hand coloured, in 2 parts, the second entitled: The Juvenile Testament, ...

From Roger Middleton

£5,950.00


Red Ammonite. by Essig, Daniel, Graeme Priddle and Melissa Engler

Asheville, North Carolina:: Daniel Essig,, 2016.. One-of-a-kind. Miniature: 2.4 x 2.8 x 1.5"; 13 sections of black paper leaves. Carved and painted maple, handmade paper, ammonite fossil. Exposed Coptic binding with leather strap and pin closure. Da...

From Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC

$1,500.00


The Bed Book by Joan Logghe (b. 1947)

Santa Cruz, CA: Donna Thomas, 1995. First Edition. Miniature Book. Very Good. Miniature Book. 1 1/4 x 2 5/8 inches. Unpaginated. [20] pp., including the paste-downs. Die-cut pages are each individually illustrated in a variety of colors and over-written...

From John Howell for Books

$1,500.00


Little Picture Bible and New Testament; The Little Picture Bible / The Little Picture Testament by [Roosevelt, Franklin + Eleanor] Child, Isabella

London: Charles Tilt, 1839. Tilt's Hand-Books for Children. Cloth. Very good. From the personal library of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Little Picture Bible and New Testament by Isabella Child, signed by Eleanor Roosevelt.. Miniature book (3" x 2...

From The First Edition Rare Books, LLC

$1,450.00


LE BIJOU DE L'AMOUR OU L'ALMANACH DES COEURS, Hommage de la Galanterie a la Decence et a la Beaute. by Anonymous. Miniature book. 12 engraved hand coloured plates.:

Paris, chez Janet, rue Jacques, No. 31, (1797).. Edition unknown, (1797), miniature book, 24mo, approximately 95 x 57 mm, 3¾ x 2¼ inches, French text, engraved hand coloured allegorical title page with Cupid, Beaute, Decence and 5 putti, foliage etc., ...

From Roger Middleton

£895.00


KING GEORGE VI. The Prime Minister's Broadcast February 7, 1952, by The Right Honourable Winston S. Churchill by CHURCHILL. WINSTON. SPENCER

Achille J. St. Onge. Worcester. Massachusetts, USA. 1952. FIRST EDITION. Miniature book. (2.4 x 1.6 inches). vi, 27, ii pp. One of 750 copies, bound in original full red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe of London. Printed at the Chiswick Press, on hand m...

From Paul Foster Books

£575.00


[MINIATURE] USEFUL INFORMATION FOR BUSINESS MEN, MECHANICS AND ENGINEERS. by No Author ( C.C. Briggs)

Pittsburgh, PA: Jones & Laughlins Steel , 1878. The RARE Third Edition, 1878. A true miniature, 4.1275 cm x 6.35 cm, bound in flexible leather tooled in gilt front cover, tooled in blind rear, all edges gilt, no slipcase present. Very Good, rubbing to...

From Dale Steffey Books

$500.00


THE JACK BOOK. by ANONYMOUS. Illustrated by Dorothy Furniss. Miniature book.:

London, Anthony Treherne & Co. Ltd, (1905).. FIRST EDITION (1905), miniature book, 79 x 79 mm, 3 x 3 inches, grass green cloth, red, black and white illustration to upper cover, top edges red, 83 pages. 20 very jolly colour plates each facing text or ve...

From Roger Middleton

£325.00


THE THIRTY-SIXTH PSALM TWO VERSIONS by [Miniature Book]: Washburn, William L. [printer]

Haddon Heights, NJ: William Lewis Washburn, 1940. Miniature (5 x 5 cm). Open-sewn gilt lettered vellum, with ribbon ties. Fine, in lightly smudged and soiled publisher's printed and numbered envelope. Copy #25 of an edition of 64 numbered copies hand-pri...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$450.00


You Can Judge a Book by its Cover: A Brief Survey of Materials by Bernard Chester Middleton (1924-2019)

Pico Rivera, CA: Kater-Crafts Bookbinders, 1994. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New. John de Pol. Signed. Miniature Book. 2 15/16 x 2 7/16 inches. 163, [5 blanks] pp. Half-title, double-page title page printed in black and gilt, 6 wood engravings by Joh...

From John Howell for Books

$450.00


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