Category Archives: Bo Press Books

Greatest Hits!

During my career as a costumer, I spent a lot of time looking at vintage clothing sites, for research and for fun. The high-end establishments¬† like Vintage Textile have galleries showing their past treasures, and I enjoy them very much. I’ve decided to try the same thing on the Bo Press website with a page of my past work, and call it Greatest Hits.

Architecture Box

Architecture Box

Some of these I’ve totally forgotten, like the one above. The top holds three maps (terrestrial, lunar, and celestial) and the whole thing lifts up to reveal three glass-encased globes to match. I especially like the two tiny globes on the bookends.

Shagreen Globe

Shagreen Globe

A globe in a pyramidal box, covered on paper and stingray leather.

The Masked Ball

The Masked Ball

The costumes for the web event orchestrated by Rebecca Bingham, Prue Batten, and me, which led to a beautiful little book by the same name.

And much more! As I dig up old images hidden deep within my computer, I’ll add them. I’ve never been interested in being an archivist of my own work, so I clean out my files pretty ferociously. I’m always thinking of how many good ideas I used to have. . .

 

Out With The Old, In With The New

I’m throwing some slow movers overboard so Bo Press will ride higher in the water. Say goodbye to:

Napoleon's Retreat and Minard's Map

Napoleon's Retreat and Minard's Map

Barsetshire

Barsetshire

The Ends of the Earth

The Ends of the Earth

Silver Dagger

Silver Dagger

The Streets of Laredo

The Streets of Laredo

The Mapping of Eirie

The Mapping of Eirie

Blank Books

Blank Books

If you want a copy of any of these, tell me within the next week or so. After that, they’re O.O.P.

New books are coming! The Man Who Broke the Bank At Monte Carlo is in the works, as well as a book of river maps and a new pop-up book (about time! (No, not about Time, just about time.)). And Prue Batten’s trouvere book!

Rare Books

I made trial sizes of a few of my books, just to see how they’d look in smaller sizes. I made only one copy of each of them, and they’re up for sale now on eBay, with no reserve. It’s a good chance to pick up a Bo Press rarity at a super-low price!

A Dream of Water

A Dream of Water

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7/8" x 3/4"

7/8" x 3/4"

Microcosmic Millinery

Microcosmic Millinery

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1 1/16" x 1"

1 1/16" x 1"

Small Wonders

Small Wonders

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1 3/8" x 1"

1 3/8" x 1"

She Was Only A Plumber's Daughter

She Was Only A Plumber's Daughter

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1 1/8" x 3/4"

1 1/8" x 3/4"

Lucky Seven

I’m starting to think about the end-of-the-year book, and since this is the seventh year that Bo Press has been in business, I decided to base it on seven.

Heptagon

Heptagon

I went through a lot of ideas playing around with seven – books that would unfold into a heptagon (you’d thing septagon, wouldn’t you?), a heptagon whose sides would unfold into pages, and so on, and finally I realized that since I was going to be making seven copies, why not use Newton’s color wheel (Roy G. Biv) and make the books form seven triangular sections of a heptagram?

Seven Colors

Seven Colors

I can do a triangular book, but instinct tells me not to put the book’s spine on the short side. I played around endlessly with strings of triangles:

Triangles

Triangles

I wanted a nice punchy cover, and luckily “7″ fits into a long triangle perfectly:

"7" Auditions

"7" Auditions

‘Valentina’ won out over stiff competition:

Front Title - Orange

Front Title - Orange

Now I can start trying to fit pictures of the year’s work into triangles. . . .

Back From San Jose

The Good Sam Miniature Show was terrific. Great flight, wonderful hotel, super-helpful people running the show itself, and my neighbors on either side were delightful- luckily for me, both their tables were very popular, so I got quite a bit of their overflow.

The quality of work I saw was the best in the world. Geoff Wonnacott’s furniture, Gideon Wolf’s furniture (I talked to this guy for a while. It was his first time at the Good Sam show, and he was as giddy as I was.), Tine Krijnen’s miniature pop-up books (!!) I bought a lovely eel-skin from her, which is the thinnest, finest leather I’ve ever come across. I can’t wait to try it.

One thing that surprised me was recruiters for other miniature shows chatting me up. Since I make stuff a bit out of the ordinary and I haven’t done many shows, I was a real catch. People like stuff they haven’t seen before – a lot of people who stopped by my table said the same. Evidently I’m the first person to think of making miniature globes. Another big hit were the little 99 cent clip-on lights I found on eBay:

Little Lights

Little Lights

More Little Lights

More Little Lights

Next year, they need gel frames – the light was way too blue.

. . . and these little spot lights with their barn doors:

Spots

Spots

I sold a lot of miniature globes and other assorted astronomical contraptions, and a fair number of micro-miniature books, and definitely covered my expenses, plus a bit over. On the other hand, since I don’t get out into the world as much as I used to, I was horrified to discover that a cocktail in the hotel bar now costs $13.50. Innocent no more!!

Good Sam Goodies

Here’s some of the new stuff I’m taking to the Good Sam show:

Orreries

Orreries

Some new (and tiny!) orreries.

Medieval Book Trunk

Medieval Book Trunk

Medieval Book Trunk

Medieval Book Trunk

A small trunk filled with incunabula bound in ‘vellum’.

Count Dracula's Own Vampire Hunter's Kit

Count Dracula's Own Vampire Hunter's Kit

Count Dracula's Own Vampire Hunter's Kit

Count Dracula's Own Vampire Hunter's Kit

This is a writer’s prompt for someone, I hope.

Victorian Tropical Explorer's Desk

Victorian Tropical Explorer's Desk

Victorian Tropical Explorer's Desk

Victorian Tropical Explorer's Desk

The side folds down into a leather desk surface. The desk contains several classics of exploration, stationery, letters and bills. There is a sliding glass front to protect the books and paper from insects and mold. This is one of my favorites so far.

Still to come: more orreries, tellurions, and pocket globes, another medieval desk, and, if I get ambitious, another fortune-telling machine. And books, of course.

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Amid all this excitement, I’m getting a worn section of my living room floor replaced, and the floor guy just found live termites! Sure hope I sell a lot at the show.

MBS Conclave

I’m back from the Miniature Book Society Conclave in Vancouver. This was my first international conclave, and it couldn’t have gone more smoothly. The customs people in Canada were very understanding and helpful, and the hotel was beautiful. Thank you, to Jan Kellett and Jim Brogan, for organizing such a fun time for us all! (Jan Kellett showed the prettiest thing I saw at the conclave: Storming Shakespeare.) Jim Brogan and I made a lovely little keepsake for the goody bags given to each attendee. Margaret Challenger found the stamps used in the illustrations, and Jim wrote the accompanying text.

Friends Forever

Friends Forever

Both Country's Stamps

Both Country's Stamps

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

One of the highlights of the book fair was the presence of Molly Schwartzburg, the curator of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia. She was giving demonstrations on making a simple cardboard book cradle for the open display of books, and I challenged her to make a cradle for the 1/2″ copy of my book Giants.

Giants

Giants

And she did! Little clear plastic restraining straps and everything. I wish I had photos but Molly has promised to blog it, so I live in hope.

I made a bunch of new things especially for the conclave, some of which can be seen on the front page of the website.

Girdle Book

Girdle Book

Book Cradle with Medieval Book

Book Cradle with Medieval Book

Book Cradle

Book Cradle

and that doesn’t even include the two new books. I’ll get into Had I But Known and The Latin of the Legions next time. I’ve got orders to catch up on!

Going To The Fair!

I’ve been stockpiling books to take to the MBS Conclave in Vancouver next month, but every now and then I have to break out and make something not quite so . . . .bookbindery. I was going to take them all to Vancouver without letting you see them, but I figure what the hell, you deserve to see them first. And buy them, possibly. I’ll still have plenty to take, I’m sure. They’re all up on the website here

Medieval Alchemy Bookcase

Medieval Alchemy Bookcase

Medieval Alchemy Bookcase

Medieval Alchemy Bookcase

Dos-a Dos Hollow Book

Dos-a Dos Hollow Book

Dos-a Dos Hollow Book

Dos-a Dos Hollow Book

Navy Leather Hollow Book

Navy Leather Hollow Book

Navy Leather Hollow Book

Navy Leather Hollow Book

Napier's Bones

Napier's Bones

Napier's Bones

Napier's Bones

Microminiature Hollow Books

Microminiature Hollow Books

Microminiature Hollow Books

Microminiature Hollow Books

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My stockpiling is coming to an abrupt halt in a couple of days, when I get all the content from Jim Brogan for the conclave keepsake book we’re making. I have to make 50 books in 20 days. After this nothing will scare me me!

 

 

 

All Shakespeare, All The Time

Take a look at this!¬† It’s the website of Jim Harner, who has the largest collection of miniature Shakesperiana in the world, and a very small slice of it in nice big pictures here. He just bought a copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so I’ll be included!!

The Emperor’s New Book

A lady asked for an invisible book:

Invisible Book

Invisible Book

Invisible Book

Invisible Book

Invisible Book

Invisible Book

Invisible Book

Invisible Book

The binding is inlaid with refracting lenses, to help with reading the almost illegible type.