London and New York. Ernest Nister and E.P. Dutton and Co., n.d. (Circa 1894). First Edition. Illustrated throughout with chromolithographic floral vignettes en texte. Printed at Nuremberg by E. Nister. 40 pp. 70mm x 80mm. Bound in pictorial gilt decorated blue cloth depicting the sun and stars amidst highly stylized gilt title. a.e.g.
A delicate, brilliantly executed example of late 19th century miniature book design, this title presents biblical quotations in a devotional format- with one phrase for each morning and evening of a month. Lovely chromolithographs are interspersed throughout the text. This title is exceptionally rare, with OCLC listing no libraries possessing a copy of it. Indeed, OCLC lists the only known copy as being in the collection of famed miniature book collector Ruth E. Adomeit.
Front cover a bit rubbed and darkened with gilt decoration somewhat dulled. Like condition affecting gilded edges. Previous owner's pencil gift inscription to verso of front free endsheet. Sporadic light foxing throughout. A Near Fine, well preserved copy of an extraordinarily rare miniature.