Miniaturists love it when the miniatures are as authentic and functional as the full-size pieces. When doors and drawers actually open and close, it adds a little touch of magic. Miniature books with readable type possess that magic as well. It is certainly a lot less expensive to fill your dollhouse library with blank books, but a book that really opens and can be read? That will add a very special touch to the scene.
Pat Sweet of Bo Press started making miniature books soon after setting out to build a dollhouse. A lifelong passion for books and reading required that the dollhousehave a library and, of course, what is a library without books? She soon found that miniature books of a decent quality were easily as expensive as full-size, hard bound volumes. After purchasing a few, Pat, a theatrical costumer by trade, and tinkerer by nature, decided to give bookbinding a try herself. Sixty plus books later, she’s still at it.
The books that make up the offerings of Bo Press, are available in two sizes, micro-miniature or dollhouse size, and what the publishing world calls miniature books…anything under 3″ tall. The subjects involved are varied and unique and include poetry, art, science, literature and maps; everything from a papyrus bound book on heiroglyphics to a folio of maps from Gulliver’s Travels.
Pat has also developed a line of ‘library accessories’ including pocket globes, orreries and tellurions executed in a marvelous science fiction/fantasy style with delicate Japanese decorative papers and brass fittings. Each is a completely unique, one of a kind design that will not be repeated.