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 -
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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.
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