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Section I: Antiquarian Miniature Books, Lots 1-91

Section II: Miniature Book Bibliographies and References, Lots 92-101

Section III: Bookcases and Accessories for Miniature Books, Lots 102-117

Section IV: Modern Miniature Books, Individual Titles, Lots 118-213

Section V: Modern Miniature Books, Collections, Lots 214-374

Section VI: European Miniatures, Lots 375-391

Section VII: Books sold without reserve, Lots 392-454


Part II of the Rico Onuma Memorial Auction of Miniature Books from the Lilliput Oval Saloon, Tokyo offers nearly 5,000 volumes in more than 450 lots of fine antiquarian and modern miniature books. Also included is a selection of miniature book bibliographies and references, as well as several fine hand- crafted leather bookcases specifically designed for miniature books, and an assortment of other cases and accessories for the miniature library. Among the highlights of the antiquarian miniatures are a German book of religious proverbs by C.G. Jacobi published in 1750 and unknown in any collection, an 1840 Bijou Almanac in fine condition with the original case and magnifying glass, Galileo's letter to his patron in a miniscule edition, once the smallest book in the world, and a selection of rare thumb bibles in Dutch, French, and English. The modern miniature offerings include several further record holders for the smallest book in the world from the Gleniffer Press, Toppan Press, Waldmann & Pfitzner, and more.  Also offered are rarer individual titles, special editions, and scarce titles. Chief among the modern highlights is a custom revolving bookcase containing 151 titles published by Barbara Raheb that was displayed, but never offered for sale, at the Lilliput Oval Saloon. Following the selection of single titles are more than 150 lots comprising larger groups of books, offered by publisher, with many of the most recognizable presses of the twentieth century well represented, including miniatures from the Black Cat Press, Borrower's Press, Anne and David Bromer, Bronte Press, Dawson's Book Shop,  Catharijne Press, Gleniffer Press, Hillside Press, Juniper Von Phitzer Press, Junipero Serra Press, Lorson's Books, Mosaic Press, Barbara Raheb, Press of Ward Schori, Achille J. St. Onge, Peter & Donna Thomas, and many, many others. Several lots from Hungarian and other European presses close out the catalog and will be followed by more than fifty lots of miniatures offered without reserve.


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