Since its establishment in 1980, Rebecca Press has issued more than 30 miniature books. Here are some of them — presented in no particular order.
The New House
The New House is a first-edition poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet. This miniature book from Rebecca Press features original wood engraved illustrations, by Sarah Chamberlain. The book is printed letterpress in 2 colors, with wood engravings printed from the blocks. The title page is blind embossed. Bound in wooden boards with leather spine, the cover has a laser-cut “fanlight” and a miniature brass doorknob with escutcheon. A tiny brass key dangles at the end of the bound-in bookmark. Endpapers carry the reader from the front door into the interior of the house.
The Seventh Princess/The Goldfish
This pair of delightful stories by children’s author Eleanor Farjeon is published in a miniature edition by Rebecca Press and features full-color illustrations by Edith Bingham. The stories are presented in a back-to-back format, with each story having its own cover of handmade paper and a full-color illustration. The spine is leather. A deluxe version of the book was produced, bound in full leather, with color illustrations under domed watch glass. On the “Princess” side, the glass becomes a window into the castle; on the “Goldfish” side, the glass is a fishbowl. When viewed from the side, the effect is of an orb going through the center of the book. Artist proof copies of the deluxe edition feature a double foredge painting.
Venus Explor’d is the first miniature book published by Rebecca Press. A photographic study of the female form, it presents the work of award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer Noel M. Izon. The regular edition is bound in silver-gray book cloth with foil stamping on the cover. A deluxe edition was always intended but it has taken until the end of the run for it to finally happen. The deluxe edition is bound in full leather and features a female torso that wraps around the spine. The box for the deluxe edition frames a pair of interchangeable prints from the book and opens to form a display stand.
Erté Maquettes presents previously-unpublished work by the iconic Art Deco artist. The illustrations shown in this miniature book are, themselves, miniature works. When Erté designed covers for Harper’s Bazar magazine in the 1930s, he would submit 3 or 4 designs in small format (maquettes) for consideration. One would be selected to be a cover; the other diminutive gems were stored away, until they appeared in this book. Presented in this volume are 44 full-color maquettes (42 of which are previously unpublished), along with a short introductory essay. The regular edition is bound in black silk with a silver leather spine strip and printed endpapers. The original deluxe edition was bound in cobalt blue snakeskin inset with black calf, seed pearls, and a diamond. It was housed in a custom designed minaudière made of the snake and calf skins framed in sterling silver. A new, limited deluxe binding is being produced to celebrate the 36th year of Rebecca Press.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Washington Irving’s classic Halloween tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman is presented in its entirety in this miniature volume. Illustrated with wood engravings by Sarah Chamberlain, the story is letterpress printed, with pictures printed from the blocks. Endpapers were specially marbled by Chris Weimann in a miniature peacock pattern. The Sleepy Hollow U.S. postage stamp, which served as inspiration for the design of this book, is tipped in as a frontispiece. Deluxe copies were bound in deep blue leather with orange leather inlay and black stamping. Special deluxe copies had foredge paintings by illustrator Sarah Chamberlain.
Some Other Rebecca Press Titles