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The Miniature Book Collection of Lois Boorman

The Miniature Book Collection of Lois Boorman

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With her death Lois left behind a remarkable gathering of close to four hundred miniature books in the finest condition – she was a stickler for obtaining the best copies with the best provenance. In addition, the collection includes a group of interesting correspondence with collectors, printers and artists, as well as some reference books.

Nearly two hundred books have been carefully and professionally photographed specially for this publication.

The collection consists of miniature books about:
- people and their presses: #30 - #54
- books about books, bookmaking and book people: #55 - $113
- alphabet books: #114 - #130
- a run of all the published titles of the Ash Ranch Press, together with correspondence between Don Hildreth and Kathryn Rickard: #131 - #161
- some stunning special copies and items in unique designer bindings and more fine examples from the collection: #162 - #396.

All in all, a gathering of beautiful books that was assembled with great love, perseverance and a good eye, all on a limited budget.

We feel sure that Lois would have approved of the fact that a major part of the sales from this catalogue will go to theducation of two underprivileged children. We hope you will share in our enthusiasm for Lois’ legacy.

Joshua Heller Rare Books offers this catalogue for free online, knowing that it will be an important addition to the collection of any miniature book collector and lover. Prices and availability of these titles is not guaranteed, and this copy is for reference only. Some of the books, however, are still available as of Summer 2008; please inquire at hellerbkdc@aol.com
With her death Lois left behind a remarkable gathering of close to four hundred miniature books in the finest condition – she was a stickler for obtaining the best copies with the best provenance. In addition, the collection includes a group of interesting correspondence with collectors, printers and artists, as well as some reference books.

Nearly two hundred books have been carefully and professionally photographed specially for this publication.

The collection consists of miniature books about:
- people and their presses: #30 - #54
- books about books, bookmaking and book people: #55 - $113
- alphabet books: #114 - #130
- a run of all the published titles of the Ash Ranch Press, together with correspondence between Don Hildreth and Kathryn Rickard: #131 - #161
- some stunning special copies and items in unique designer bindings and more fine examples from the collection: #162 - #396.

All in all, a gathering of beautiful books that was assembled with great love, perseverance and a good eye, all on a limited budget.

We feel sure that Lois would have approved of the fact that a major part of the sales from this catalogue will go to theducation of two underprivileged children. We hope you will share in our enthusiasm for Lois’ legacy.

Joshua Heller Rare Books offers this catalogue for free online, knowing that it will be an important addition to the collection of any miniature book collector and lover. Prices and availability of these titles is not guaranteed, and this copy is for reference only. Some of the books, however, are still available as of Summer 2008; please inquire at hellerbkdc@aol.com

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Joshua Heller Rare Books, Inc., Washington DC
The Miniature Book Collection of Lois Boorman
 
CATALOGUE THIRTY-ONE - FALL 2005
The Miniature Book Collection of Lois Boorman
Over a period of many years – the late Eighties and throughout the Nineties – certain times in our book business cameto be known as ‘Lois and Jodi’s afternoon’. The ladies were coming to tea! This was a ritual that was carefully nur-tured and orchestrated to the total exclusion of the writer of this introduction.Great laughter and a careful exchange of news and gossip of events in the book world were traded. There was alwaysmuch to talk about, especially a new miniature book that was about to be published – or to view a new arrival. Theonly interruption allowed was Lois’ exit from the get-together for a smoke in the garden. This comraderie of friendswas something rarely seen. It was always a joyful and satisfying time.With her death Lois left behind a remarkable gathering of close to four hundred miniature books in the finest condi-tion – she was a stickler for obtaining the best copies with the best provenance. In addition, the collection includes agroup of interesting correspondence with collectors, printers and artists, as well as some reference books. Jodi, Lois’s heir, has now entrusted us with the results of the passion of this fine book collector. This catalogue, whichhas taken over four months to prepare, is a homage to Lois as collector and friend. Nearly two hundred books have been carefully and professionally photographed specially for this publication.The collection consists of miniature books about:- people and their presses: #30 - #54- books about books, bookmaking and book people: #55 - $113- alphabet books: #114 - #130- a run of all the published titles of the Ash Ranch Press, together withcorrespondence between Don Hildreth and Kathryn Rickard: #131 - #161- some stunning special copies and items in unique designer bindings and more fine examples from the collection:#162 - #396.All in all, a gathering of beautiful books that was assembled with great love, perseverance and a good eye, all on alimited budget.We feel sure that Lois would have approved of the fact that a major part of the sales from this catalogue will go to theeducation of two underprivileged children. We hope you will share in our enthusiasm for Lois’ legacy.
- Joshua HellerCatalogue:
Phyllis Heller -
Photography:
Neil Greentree -
Our thanks to:
Bel Rubinstein, Dan Yett, &Carol Zavis._____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Conditions of sale:
All items listed in this catalogue are offered subject to prior sale.Each item has been carefully described as to condition. Any purchase may be returned within ten days after its receipt;if unsatisfactory for any reason - safe return shipment is client's responsibility.Payment terms for new clients are "remittance with order" or from our pro forma invoice.Afinance charge of 1.5% per month will be added to all bills not paid within thirty days of the date of invoice.Libraries and institutions will be accommodated by special billing on request.Prices are net, in U.S. dollars. Postage and handling are extra on all orders.Overseas orders will be shipped airmail unless otherwise arranged.D.C. residents will be charged 5.75% Sales Tax.Possession of title remains with Joshua Heller Rare Books, Inc. until books are paid for in full.We purchase single volumes, collections, or libraries in our field of interest.We are pleased to welcome visitors by appointment and are centrally located near convenient bus and Metro stops.
We accept Visa and Mastercard © Joshua Heller Rare Books, Inc. 2005.
 JOSHUAHELLER
Rare Books, Inc
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PO Box 39114 Washington D C 20016-9114 U S A
Telephone: 202/966-9411 Fax: 202/363-5658
E-Mail: HellerBkDC@aol.comwww.joshuahellerrarebooks.com
Celebrating our Twentieth Anniversary
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ABOUTLOIS
“Lois Boorman (1922-2003) began collect-ing illustrated children’s books as anactivity for her retirement. After beingintroduced to miniature books, they soon became the focus of her collecting efforts.Once she discovered the craftsmanshipand beauty of books three inches orsmaller, there was no holding back herenthusiasm for owning the best shecould afford on her modest retirement budget.Lois came by her love of print from herfather, a printer for the ‘Evening Star’newspaper in Washington, DC. Growingup she saw her father’s pleasure when he brought home a well-printed book. Sheabsorbed his passion about the craft of print. She came by her delight in ele-gance from her mother and incorporated both these ideas into her own individualstyle. Her passion was to find a book inas pristine state as possible - no flawsinside or out. Given a choice, she always preferred the particularly elegant, the deluxe edi-tion, the most stunning book she could afford.Her father would have approved of her mini-collection of books about printers and theirpresses as well as her attraction to one-of-a-kind designer bindings. He would also haveunderstood her willingness to have cereal for dinner for weeks at a time so she could gradu-ally purchase an especially fine book she had found. Another of his lessons had been to avoiddebt, which she followed throughout her life.By 1981 Lois had begun to buy a few miniatures. As soon as she joined the Miniature Book Society she became engrossed in learning all she could about these books and those whomade, sold, and enjoyed such tiny treasures. She attended only one Conclave in person, butpoured over catalogs and read her copies of Bondy and Spielman with dedication. They madeher eager to see any and all kinds of miniature books available. Well before the internet became a common research tool, her enthusiasm for the chase and her determination to locatea specific book fueled her search for those graceful books she could hold in one hand. Lois hada whimsical side as well, so you could never be entirely certain what might catch her eye. Nomatter its subject, an elegant creation would be carefully considered.The joy and pleasure these books gave Lois is almost indescribable. She was very aware shewas able to have them only because someone else had made a conscious decision to part withthem. It is in this spirit that these books, so painstakingly and individually chosen, are avail-able. There was a wonderful twinkle in her eye when Lois discussed books and an incrediblesingle-mindedness when she was in pursuit of one. This catalog honors one woman’s nichein a particular genre of the book collecting world.”
- Joanne Schwarz
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