It’s Miniature Monday, folks!

Today we have eight volumes from Miniature Dictionary Publisher’s, Inc., published circa 1925.  The firm was operated by the Minkus brothers in New York City, and frequently published miniature volumes of well-known works and dictionaries.  These books were often used to advertise businesses like banks, hotels and department stores; the business in question would have its named stamped on the back of each volume it sold.  None of these copies are stamped; but the leather wallet binding and gilt-stamped titles as well as the pink-edged text blocks are characteristic of MDP Inc.  Another charming thing about these books are their bookplates–I have never seen a miniature bookplate before!  These books have a wonderful feel to them—their chunky shape and soft leather bindings make them seem almost edible!  Stop by and see them before I eat them today!

Various Authors. The Little Webster, Love and Other Stories (2 ediitons), The Arabian Nights Entertainments, The Golden Treasury of English Songs, Don Quixote, Paradise Lost, Hamlet and Macbeth.  New York: Miniature Dictionary Publisher’s, Inc. 1925.  Charlotte Smith Miniatures Collection, Uncatalogued.  Gift of Carol Kapell in memory of Paula B. Deems

Information on the volumes gathered from: Edison, Julian I.. Miniature Book News #90: 1996 September.  St. Louis, Missouri.  UNT Digital Library.

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-Laura H. 

The #Bauhaus was the most influential #modernist #art #school of the 20th century, one whose approach to teaching, and understanding art’s relationship to society and technology, had a major impact both in #Europe and the #United #States long after it closed. It was shaped by the 19th and early 20th centuries trends such as Arts and Crafts movement, which had sought to level the distinction between fine and applied arts, and to reunite creativity and manufacturing. This is reflected in the romantic medievalism of the school’s early years, in which it pictured itself as a kind of medieval crafts guild. But in the mid 1920s the medievalism gave way to a stress on uniting art and industrial design, and it was this which ultimately proved to be its most original and important achievement. The school is also renowned for its faculty, which included artists Wassily #Kandinsky, Josef #Albers, Laszlo Moholy-#Nagy, Paul #Klee and Johannes #Itten, architects Walter #Gropius and Ludwig #Mies van der #Rohe, and designer Marcel #Breuer.

Educational spot for Goethe-Institut’s “Deutschlandrätsel”. The objective: Different films with different moods from different German cities. Here: Dessau. With an octocopter we fly through and over Bauhaus Dessau. Off-screen we hear original footage from Walter Gropius. The film is musically accentuated by Neue Bauhaus Kapelle. The producer’s cut.

Director: Christian Pfeil
DP: Christian Pfeil
Editing: Arthur Heisler
Music: Neue Bauhaus Kapelle
Producer: Mario Koch
Production: steppefilm

Nie powiem ci, że twa obecność jest jak dar od losu albo śpiew skowronków, albo pierdolony kwiat lotosu. Raczej jak o poranku zapach porządnej kawy, krótki rękaw w letni dzień, zapach koszonej trawy. Pełen bak, pusta droga, seria zielonych świateł. W radiu utwór jednej z twoich niedocenionych kapel.
—  Taco Hemingway
Shoh keto 12 vjecaret..

qe thone “ Ne femrave na pelqejne cunat e keqinj”. Cilet m zmra e vogel? Ata qe smbajne kapele posht diellit??