How the Art of Printing Was Invented: A Bibliofantasy
1964·New Britain, CT:
by Hermann Bauer
New Britain, CT:: REM Miniatures,, 1964. First Edition, thus. Paperback. Very Good. LIMITED EDITION of 400 numbered copies, this is number 234. Pages 7-35 hand-set and printed by Anton Bohm on a Sigwalt 6 by 9 hand press, title-page border reduced from Bohm's handmade title page from his periodical Literary Anecdotes. All other typography by Robert E. Massmann. Miniature Book. 2 1/2 x 1 13/16 inches. [ii], 44,  pp. Introduction by Robert Massman explaining his relationship with Anton Bohm and how this book came about, title page printed in black, blue and red inks with a typographic border in blue, decorative initial, epilogue; text clean, unmarked. Pictorial printed wrappers with an image of Das Gutenberg-Museum zu Mainz on the front cover, decorative end-leaves, printed pictorial slip case made of paper that matches the wrappers; binding square and tight, light use wear. Bookplate "Ex Mini-Libris Levitan" on front paste-down. Very Good. The text for this item originally appeared in German in the Marberger Spiegel in January 1957. Anton Bohm received permission to translate it into German and hand set the text, but died before he could complete his miniature treatment of the story. Robert Massman received permission from Bohm's widow to produce the final version, offered here. PROVENANCE: Rabbi Kalman L. Levitan was a founder and first Chairman of the Miniature Book Society of America. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Cent. US Miniature Books, No. 294. (Inventory #: IY915-126)
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