Monday, January 25, 2010

Books, Books, Books!

Despite the fact that I don't have a library in my dollhouse, I've always had a fascination with readable miniature books. I've been playing around with various methods for a while now, and here are a few of the results. From left to right: Heidi by Johanna Spry, Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde, The Monk by Mathew Lewis, Lover's Vows by Elizabeth Inchbald, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, A Simple Story by Elizabeth Inchbald, and Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott.
Over the past year, I've made 21 different titles, all with readable excerpts. These seven are the most recent batch. The covers and end pages are antique graphics which I repurposed.
I made a mistake on this book- I just noticed that the "W" in Mathew shifted around at some point. You would not believe the number of silly mistakes I've made on these books! I try to catch them all before printing/assembling, but occasionally I miss something really embarrassing!

The books have size 2 or 3 fonts, and are printed on normal computer paper. Since these books are just for my own enjoyment, I haven't worried about archival paper or inks.
Here's the list of characters and a bit of the opening act in Lover's Vows by Elizabeth Inchbald. It's the only miniature book I've made but haven't read. I'll read it (in a BIG book) someday, but in the mean time I couldn't resist reproducing the play that caused so much trouble in Mansfield Park.
Click the photographs to enlarge!


  1. WOW!!!
    Sorry...I am lost for words!!
    They are amazing...perfect!!


  2. Thanks! They actually really simple to construct, it's just difficult to get the cuts and folds perfect.

  3. I love miniature books and I also like make them. Compliments for your work :o)