a class of 16 year olds in a school in Saalfelden, Austria, were
assigned an interesting project this year. The project was initiated
their teacher, Gerald Schuergel, who is interested in printing,
binding, language, and miniature books. The class was divided into 4
groups and each group had to make a miniature book from the scratch.
Out came 4 one-of-a-kind books. Each has a leather binding over
wooden boards. The title page of each book is letterpress printed.
All books have tipped in poems or texts done in calligraphy on
parchment, there are illustrations and initials in all books, some
elaborate in color, some black & white. A different coin is inserted
on the cover of each book. Each book has a different text, written by
members of each group about stages in the life of Ladislaus the
Posthumous, King of Bohemia from his birth until his early death at
the age of 17.
Part of the project was to sell the finished books and they chose
ebay for that. Here is the link to the 4 books:
If the Link doesn't work, go to www.ebay.de and search for
"Miniaturbuch Ladislaus". The end of the auction is June 16, so take
a look now.
Here are other links with photos of the books and the making-of.
Greetings from Germany!