Historical books

The Model Menagerie (1895)

A Miniature version of the pop-up book published by Dutton in 1985 London.
Published door Evelyn Fletcher and L.L. Weedon
A picture book with six three dimensional, cut out images of wild animals in a zoo in London, with accompanying text. The book cover has pictorial paper boards and a red cloth spine. The text is abbreviated by C. Hamilton.

This book is published in two sizes:

  • Miniature book: Height 2.3 cm – width 3.0 cm € 245,-
  • Bondi size: height 4.8 cm – width 6.3 cm € 245,-

Short lessons in Bookbinding (1658)
By D. Bray
Dimensions: Height 2.1 cm Width 1.7 cm

In the 17th century, Dirck de Bray wrote his short lessons in bookbinding. This book is an D. de Bray titel pagina17th century illustrated guide for binding leather and parchment books. He describes the art of bookbinding and illustrated the text with drawings of the various stages of the binding process. The hand sewn book block of this book has twelve sections. The color of the leather cover is varies.

Price: €65,-

For experienced bookbinders the 12 sections are available to bind the book yourself  € 15,-


Bloemhofje 1674
Sizes: Height 0.507″, Width 0.351″

This book is a facsimile edition of Bloem-Hofje written by C. Van Lange in 1674. made by bloemhofje2-300x257 - kopieB. Smidt.

Like the original, it is bound in a light brown leather cover with goldleaf stamped lines and flower motifs. On the spine of the cover there are goldleaf stamped circles.

It contains 25 pages. The text was printed in double spreads on one side of the paper. The bookblock is concertina folded and pasted together to give the appearance of normal leaves. The 18 karat golden flowershaped clasp is made by M Niemeijer.

Benedikt Smidt was a printer from Middelburg. He probably produced this mini miniature as a show-piece to demonstrate his technical ability.

This tiny book has a limited edition of only 20 copies.

The price of this special miniature book is € 725,-
Vergilius Maronis Opera 1730

Sizes: Height 1.708″, Width 0.551″

The first three books in Latin, of the complete works of Vergilius Maro (70 v.Chr.-19 v. Vergilius-Maronis-BEWERKT--300x237Chr.). Bound in Olive-green- or chalkwhite leather, with a white golden lorgnet in the cover. The lorgnet is made by Jens Torp.

The bound bookblock contains 88 pages.

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek gave their full support for using the original engraved titelpage for this book.

Jan Minell (1625-1670) and Pancratius Maasvicius (1658-1729) were responsible for the design and engraving of the titelpage. The original book is published by Drukkerij Wetstein in Amsterdam in 1730.

The price of this edition is € 260,-

For experienced bookbinders the 12 sections are available to bind the book yourself  € 15,-
Wilhelmina boekje

Sizes: Height 10/16″, Width 9/16″

This Wilhelmina pop-up book is a replica of a book published in 1898 for the occasion of Wilhelmina1-300x230the coronation of Queen Wilhelmina (in 1898). The book tells the story of the life of Queen Wilhelmina from baby till her coronation. The book contains four double pop-up illustrations and is bound with a pamflet-stitch. The cover is water coloured by hand. The miniature book will be sold with a numbered certificate with a limited edition of 450 pieces.

The story is told in Dutch.

The price of this book is € 30.-
“La Mode Illustreé”

Sizes: Height 1.2″, Width 0.9″

A wonderful first edition of “La mode Illustreé” from 1874, a French fashion magazine modeblad-278x300published in Paris.

A weekly that appeared on Sunday with beautiful etchings of fashion, styling-details and hairstyles for women.

Slighty coloured through the years, though hardly damaged because the ladies handled their favourite fashion magazine with great care.

“La Mode Illustrée” costs € 6,50

The fisherman and his wife

A fairytale by the brothers Grimm


Sizes: Height 1-1/32 ” , Width 6/8 ”

After The 36 page’s are fullcolour

Piggelmee, Het tovervisje, ( in Dutch ) offset printed. The book is bound en will be delivered in a cassette with the illustration of the coverpage of this book on the frontside.

The price of this book is € 23.-

This book is also available as a kit ( € 12.50 )