The Old Desk Stuff

January, that special quiet time after the holidays, when we begin to see the length of days in North America grow by just a few ticks of the clock each day, when the mailbox seems to be overflowing with seed catalogs, and we watch the weather reports for the chances of white flakes falling from the sky.  Some of us enjoy the white stuff while others it is something painful to be dealt with.  However, many of us may remember the anticipation of building a snowman on a cold January day, running through the house looking for extra mittens, and then to the pantry for a carrot.

I hope you enjoyed the opening pages of Ian Macdonald’s 1985 road trip across America. Some readers may know the story however, I think many may be enjoying his adventure for the first time or as a reflection, the journey continues with the current issue.  Additionally,  there are eight miniature book  reviews for your enjoyment. Included are selections from El Camino Real Press, Bo Press, Plum Park Press, and Wild Onion Press.

Each year, with the January issue, I always you, our readers, what they would like to explore in the upcoming year.  What type of miniature book information would you like researched or what topics would you like to share. The palate is wide open as the year begins and I invite you to send me your ideas and questions, with six issues and 50 plus pages per issue there is a lot of real estate for our reading enjoyment.  Remember, I love your input and savor the challenge of providing you, the readership with a journal that will be of will value and enjoyment.

As a reminder, if you have not renewed your subscription please do so at your earliest convenience.  The 2019 subscription fee is the same as it was for 2018. Check the back cover for details, USPS, or save a stamp with PayPal. Additionally, as always, this humble editor asks that you please consider joining the list of contributors to the ‘MB’ journal by sharing your new book creations, your adventures, your finds, and your passions for all of the book arts. 

Diversity is the spice of life and let us all gather around the table for a feast of thoughts and ideas to help satiate our hunger as we elope on our on our ‘bookish’ journey together.  If you have not renewed your subscription, please do so, see the back cover for details on payments and remember that the price for 2019 is the same as 2018.

Lastly, thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life and home and wishing you and your family a healthy and Happy New Year!

November 2018

A Time For Reflection

Fall just seemed to  jump off of the calendar and we go from warm days, to pumpkins and turkeys, and then Christmas is here with its the frosty nights and wonderful decorations.  Fall always reminds me of all of the things we have done and all of those things that we still want to do before year’s end, a time for reflection.  Swimming turns to soccer and soccer to snowmen, how time flies.

As I speak of reflection, this issue of The Microbibliophile will mark eight years, 49 issues, countless book reviews, and pages and pages of information and sharing. I thought that it would be a good opportunity to share some items and articles from previous times in the world of miniature books. I selected an old letter to the editor, a 1980 prospectus for a new miniature book, a few older miniature holiday books, and a few surprises.

Elaine and I had a very enjoyable trip to the Wigtown Book Festival, which included the cordial hosting by Stephen and Marian Byrne and Ian and Helen Macdonald. The land and the scenery provided moments to remember but the time spent with our hosts was priceless. Stephen Byrne has prepared an article about the Wigtown Book Festival and the MBS exhibit of his miniature books that will be published in the forthcoming MBS Newsletter.  Please take a few minutes to search it out on the MBS website:

One of the interesting things that I was given by Ian was a copy of his printed journal detailing his 1985 trip to America. The journal documents all of the miniature book people that he visited along his way across the country, from Boston to Burbank and back again. 

The last issue of the year would not be complete without our reminder to renew your subscription; the 2019 price is the same as it was for 2018.

Additionally, as always, this humble editor asks that you please consider joining the list of contributors to the ‘MB’ journal by sharing your books, your adventures, and your passion for all book arts.  Diversity is the spice of life and let us all gather around the table for a feast of thoughts and ideas to help satiate our hunger and move us forward on our ‘bookish’ journeys. 

Lastly, thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life and wishing you and yours the best for your Holidays and a Healthy, Happy New Year!  

September 2018

The Beauty of the Change of the Seasons Is About To Appear Before Our Eyes

Summer is the business of hot weather, ice cream, family and friends, thunderstorms, and thinking  about what we have to look forward to as the calendar pages flip with the next seasonal change. Sometimes we read about the relationship of the seasons to the phases of one’s life, I like to think of the transition from summer into the fall and winter as a time to ‘stock-up’, build the fires that will warm us for the next months, and move us along into the next year. Memories and history are fun to think about but the adventure of the future is that what drives life.

The MBS Conclave was held in Charlottesville, Virginia a few weeks ago. Certainly, a grand time for all of those that attended.  The exhibit displaying portions of the collection of Caroline Brandt was just outstanding, a thing to behold, each book a treasure unto itself and to be remembered for years to come. The MBS Newsletter will provide a full recap of the Conclave with its next publication.

Reviews for five new tomes are included within this issue as well as short reviews of two older miniatures both with red covers, which should catch your eye.  While at the MBS Conclave I had an interesting conversation, with a fellow attendee, about the FDR miniatures, more to follow as plans are explored.  Also included are two articles about some items that are bookish but not exactly miniature - just bookish that I hope provide an interesting diversion. Lastly, I was disappointed that the article about Jane Coneen did not generate some email feedback or ‘Letters to the Editor’ but the little brass box remained empty.

I will be attending the Wigtown Book Fair in Scotland that will be held in late September and on my itinerary is a visit with Ian Macdonald, retired book publisher and owner of  Gleniffer Press. I am sure this year’s festival will be as exciting and book filled as previous year reviews have indicated. Possibly I will find a few tomes to share with you in the next issue of The Microbibliophile. Unless one ventures down the “path less traveled,” one will never know what might be found beyond the next bend in the road.

Please consider joining the list of contributors to The Microbibliophile journal by sharing your books, your adventures, and your passion for the book arts.  Diversity is the gift of life and let us all gather around the table for a feast of thoughts and ideas.

Lastly, thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.

After The Summer Solstice

Summer is a good time to sit and reflect on what one has accomplished during the first half of the year and maybe evaluate what one hopes to do in the remaining months. As the summer solstice, the day with the most daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, slips away, there is still ample time to get outdoors and enjoy our natural surroundings. Take time to listen to the birds sing, maybe hear a distant clap of thunder, or catch a fragrance as it passes while you move through the heat of the day. Nature is a universal gift, teeming with life, and one should savor and respected it throughout the seasons.

We all know the saying ‘tempus fugit’ and soon enough the days of extended daylight will become visibly shorter and it will be time to think about that necessary invention known as the "snow shovel." However, before we leap ahead into thoughts of firewood and snow shovels, why not simply enjoy the long days by partaking of your outdoor passions, whether it is a vegetable garden, biking, or tubing down a lazy river. Still, don’t forget to check your bookshelf now to make certain that you will have plenty of books for your reading pleasure though those wintery days when the snows blows against the window panes and a fire is crackling below the mantel. To help one prepare, the editor, who sits at the squeaky roll top, has a full complement of book reviews and reader submitted articles for one to peruse in this issue.  The June issue is packed with reviews on seven new miniatures; there is another FDR miniature, and a very special article about Jane Conneen.

Summertime weather provides an excellent opportunity for travel around the local countryside. Maybe for a bit of antiquing or book sleuthing. One could visit a book fair, a library sale, or discover a “new” old bookstore hidden along the way. Unless one ventures down that “less traveled path,” one will never know what might be found outside the customary points of travel. 

Please consider joining the written part of the “The Microbibliophile” journal by sharing your books, your adventures, and your passion. We are not all Steinbecks or Twains, but we can each tell our story. What matters is the shared experience with readers who share similar passions.

Lastly, thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life. 

The May Issue

May is the fifth month of the new year and that time where for the most part we are done with the snow and ice, looking at the spring perennials poking up around the yard, and really getting ready for the summer ahead of us.  Maybe a cookout, some iced tea, watermelon, and certainly some fireworks for the 4th of July.  Nothing like the good old summertime. 

My compliments go out to all of the contributors to The Microbibliophile - well done to everyone!  Remember, The Microbibliophile is like a vegetable garden - plant the seeds, add some water and warm sun then enjoy the fruits of our bounty.  

The May issue, like the garden, is sprouting with new things. We have six miniature book reviews for you to consider, as well as a special centerfold. There does not seem to be any limit for the number of subjects or finer points of the miniature book world that we cannot share.  I say "we" because I consider our many contributors to be part of the storehouse of information we share. As of this writing, I do not have any additional information about FDR’s little books, but one never knows when those tidbits and clues will present themselves. However, two additional pieces of information did find their way to P.O. Box 5453 for this issue concerning the 1928 Kingsport Lincoln book. Check it out!

The variety of articles presented once again reflect the depth of diversity and knowledge across our readership. How fortunate we are to have so many people as contributors. Todd continues with thoughts on a unique genre of collecting, Nina keeps us posted with her series on the LXIVMOS, Gail Curry talks more about Sherlock Holmes. Additionally, Joan shares her collection of "flip books," Msgr. Weber talks about Galileo, and Bob Hansen again dips to his bottomless inkwell for his insight into the world of miniature books. I hope you enjoy these wonderful selections. 

What would you like to read, learn, and/or possibly contribute?  I personally invite you to take a turn with the pen or keyboard. The horizon marks your journey of opportunity, good will, and adventure. Share your thoughts and knowledge via either of two formats; the printed journal and our website,  

Lastly, thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life!

March 16, 2018

 Spring is in the air...well almost! If you look at the trees and plants you can see the buds of new leaves and flowers beginning to swell with the increased hours of daylight. It makes no difference if they are still covered in ice and snow; the presence of more daylight is the alarm clock for their annual schedule.

Let me first say that I received more compliments on the last issue than I think I have received in total previously.  The readers' compliments were about the quality and diversity of the contributed articles. My compliments, as well, go to all of the contributors to The Microbibliophile. Well done to everyone!  Remember, The Microbibliophile is a palette for your ideas, contributions, and suggestions.  

The March issue contains three new miniature book reviews. I received several comments and pieces of information concerning the article and information presented about the FDR collection. Caroline Brandt stated that she also has a copy of an FDR miniature initialed by FDR with an FDR bookplate. The folks at Campobello Island are very interested in the effort we are undertaking to document the FDR collection, along with an invitation to visit the site and examine the books on hand.  WOW, a road trip for the editor of The Microbibliophile!  

The articles in this issue again reflect the depth of our reader/contributor diversity.  Todd continues with a unique genre of collecting, Nina keeps us posted with her series on the LXIVMOS, miniature newspapers by Stephen Byrne, Cathie Abney helps us with "book terms," there is special review by Bob Hanson, and a 1966 reprint by REM.  Browse the Table of Contents for yourself and enjoy the journey, I certainly enjoy putting it all together for you.

What would you like to read, learn, and/or possibly contribute?  I personally invite you to take a turn at the Frontispiece story; you can even pick the picture to match your story.  The horizon is your border of opportunity, good will, and adventure. Share your thoughts and journeys. Please visit our updated website at  Lastly, thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.  



Another year of The Microbibliophile, next issue, Volume XXXVII, Number 3, Issue 213 (expected publish date 05/10/2018).  Reading is a great experience, sharing what we have read is a blessing. Some of the joys of the new season:

  • The Importance of Being Ernest, by Oscar Wilde, published by Tony Firman

  • Meet the Publisher, Purgatory Press, Esther Smith and Dikko Faust

  • Youth, by Isaac Asimov, published by Plum Park Press

  • It’s Convoluted, published by Patricia Caernarven-Smith

  • Theodore Hesburgh, by Msgr. Francis J. Weber, El Camino Real Press

  • The Young Bibliophile, maybe a simple new book format to make

  • ‘An Antiquarian Delight’, Poetry For Children, by Charles Lamb, a reprint

  • ‘Out of the Box’, something old for sure, maybe an REM scroll keepsake

  • Some more information of the specific books in the FDR collection

  • Nina Mazzo, LXIVMOS Number 16

  • And most important of all, something from you…..

    Keep me posted on what is going on at your press or with your collection. Anticipation and searching is half of the fun. We all love the details.




November 21, 2017

Today we have certainly made the transition of seasons here in New Jersey.  The brilliant fall tree colors have taken over the landscape and provided us with one more reason to say, "I always like the change of seasons." Certainly, the shortened number of hours between sunrise and sunset is another reminder; please keep a sharp eye for those wee people who ride the great yellow land cruisers each morning and afternoon. Life does go on and even though we frequently say "Where does our time go so quickly," we have moved over a lot of ground with The Microbibliophile during 2017.

There have been 30 new miniature book reviews, many articles about miniature books authored and submitted by readers, some interesting subjects about the history of miniature books, and so much more. I thank you for all of your contributions, support, and suggestions - the more people who sit at the dinner table the more interesting the meal! 

I ask each reader to take a moment and reflect on what is important to you when reading about miniature books and then consider what The Microbibliophile might do to promote that interest. Perhaps it would be an article(s) on a particular genre or possibly one concerning how new collectors gain a better understanding of miniature books.  

We are especially interested in providing information and content that will expand the world of books into a young audience. We would like to share with them the joys of books as well as understand what they would like to share about books.

The forum is open and waiting. The Frontispiece for the next issue speaks of "Father Time" and the linear direction of time. Yet, we, as bibliophiles, are truly ‘time travelers by nature. We can look into the past, stand in the present, and gaze into the future through the magic of our books. Please share The Microbibliophile with a friend or use it as a key to open a new literary friendship. We can be reached via email at Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.  

Season Changes Are Fun for All!

The hazy, hot, and humid days of summer have begun to fade with the length of the day. There has been a breath of cool air here in New Jersey and you can even hear the crickets chirping by early afternoon. I hope that we can move through this season without any more hurricane storms. Soon the sunflowers will bow their heads and those bright orange balls known as pumpkins will begin to take over the gardens and fields. The bright red tomatoes will give way to these orange monsters that will be lit on October 31. Great yellow land cruisers  ply the roads each morning and afternoon carrying their young cargo from home to school and back again. Maybe miniature books will make it to the school curriculum this year! Please do what you can to make it happen. 

Each season is as grand as the previous and brings us the anticipation of the next. We are mere time travelers; from flowers, to pumpkins, to snowmen, and back to flowers, the cycle is endless. It is up to each and every one of us to make a difference to ourselves and everyone with whom we share our day.

The MBS Conclave was held in Oakland and was a wonderful time for all. Rick Hill has provided our readership with a recap of the events in this issue. Do plan on attending the Conclave XXXVI in Virginia next August! Visit the website, for some of the advance information. If you are not already a member, join up!

Once again, the diversity of topic subjects for The Microbibliophile crosses from old books to new books, book reviews, reference notes including Three Centuries of Thumb Bibles and A Lilliputian Library by James Henderson, and much more. The index will help you through the contents. Be sure to read some of the ephemera that we were able to discover as the contents of the ‘Warburton Archives’. Start on the first page, or the last, or even in the middle, all pages lead to miniature books.

I am most committed to helping young bibliophiles enter the world of miniature books and help them enjoy all that is available and all that is to be experienced. 

Share The Microbibliophile with a friend or use it as a key to open a new door. Maybe that new friend can be the subject of a short story. Take a look at your books; most certainly there is a story there that you have always wanted to share. Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.  Next issue is scheduled for November 1, 2017.

A Bimonthly Journal about Miniature Books and the Book Arts
Robert F. Hanson, Founder, 1977
ISSN# 1097-5551

Volume XXXVII, Number 5 Issue Number 209                   September, 2017

Book Reviews and Criticism
Greatest Show on Earth, by Msgr. Francis J. Weber, published by El Camino Real Press
Libraries, In The Medieval and Renaissance Periods, by John Willis Clark, published by Plum Park Press
The Tabula Peutingeriana, by Pat Sweet, published by Bo Press 2017
Steampunk, assembled by Barbara Brear, published by BB Miniatures, 2014
The Lady or The Tiger, by Frank R. Stockton, published by Rebecca Saady Bingham

Special Features
Frontispiece, Reminiscing in the Twilight of His Years, By Sherry Mayo (continued)
MBS Conclave, ‘In A Nutshell’ by Rick Hill
The Warburton Archive, An Update, by Jim Brogan
Bernhardt Wall, A Short Story About Copy 2/4 and 4/4
Part 1, The Connoisseur, by Todd Sommerfeld
Tidbits, by Joan Knoertzer
The Musings of Michael, Michael Garbett
The Lilliputian Library, by James D. Henderson
About Old Miniature Books, by Robert F. Orr Hanson
Time Machine, LXIVMOS, Number 12, by Nina Mazzo
Part 2, What I Have Done For Miniature Books, by Todd Sommerfeld
Three Centuries of Thumb Bibles, A Checklist, A Review of a Reference Standard
Internet Entertainment and Enlightenment, by Arno Gschwendtner
Part 3, What Miniature books Have Done For Me, by Todd Sommerfeld

• Catalogues Received  
• Meet A New Publisher, The Wild Onion Press
• Terms and Definitions,  ‘Signet’
• Get the Ink Ready, Start the Presses
• Upcoming Events
• The November/December 2017  Frontispiece  
• Classified     

The Microbibliophile
P. O. Box 5453, North Branch, NJ 08876 U.S.A.

Sherry Mayo, Publisher   
James M. Brogan, Editor
© 2017 by James M. Brogan

Tempus Fugit

How does time go by so quickly? Seems like we were just finishing up the Thanksgiving turkey and here we are getting the peas ready to be planted in the garden. Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow on Febuary 2, which according to the laws of nature means that there will be six more weeks of winter. I am not sure if it is still winter where you live but here in New Jersey we had a string of days in mid-Febuary where the temperature climb past 60 degrees. Old Phil must be watching too much late night television since he obviously did not really see his shadow.

The first bit of news is that the new and improved website for The Microbibliophile (version 1) has been built and ‘turned on’ for your viewing pleasure. The address of the site is The site has some interesting features such as a special section for "young bibliophiles," exclusive ‘web’ content, and a ‘blog’ that I hope will prove interesting for everyone. Please visit the site and let me know what you think. I am interested in your suggestions, comments, and criticism. More eyes and ideas are the route to a successful venture.

Sometimes it is fun to revisit the words of favorite books to refresh your mind. A great example is Msgr. Francis Weber’s Dean of Microbibliophiles, Wilbur Macey Stone. Stone, as you may know, was an early 20th century collector and spokesman for miniature books. Weber quotes one of Stone’s writings as he [Stone] “became bogged down in the quagmire of miniature books.” Already a collector of juveniles, Stone began to realize that “little people like little books.” How true the message was when written and how true today. One of the focal points of our new web site will be information and activities for young bibliophiles.  Certainly, the printed version of The Microbibliophile will continue to bring the readers the diverse set of subjects as all our readers enjoy and look forward to with each issue. However, young people have proven that they prefer their knowledge content to be delivered in forms that change rapidly, sometimes daily, and can be viewed in a mobile format. I do not believe that the printed media will die anytime soon but we have to recognize the fact that a large portion of our audience and future bibliophiles prefers a digital portal for their quest for information.

Our March issue of The Microbibliophile provides several new miniature book reviews from Plum Park Press, Bo Press, and the Cider Press with a great selection of journal contributions. You know my feelings about the value of diversity and all of the special benefits that can be brought to the pages of The Microbibliophile with some strokes of your pen. Keep sending me your feedback and suggestions as well as articles. I would especially like to request some information about you "the collector."  The feature "Meet the Collector" opens the door for both the reader as well as the writer, sharing is certainly part of our culture, so share, and "speak" as if we are at the Sunday dinner table.

Share The Microbibliophile with a friend, we all like to talk about miniature books, which is our passion. Please look at your bookshelves, there most certainly is a story there that you will want to share.  How about "My First Miniature Book"?  Thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.