Saturday, March 25, 2017

Barbara J. Raheb, Pennyweight Press, Miniature Books


Some of the first miniatures I ever bought were books by Barbara Raheb. They were made long before we had computers and printers. How they exactly they were made isn't something I can tell you about. Perhaps you know and will tell me more about that. I do remember someone telling me once they were typeset. I can't fathom it.


At the time I started collecting I had very little fun money so these were big purchases for me. The unabridged Romeo and Juliet was the first book I bought and EB Browning was the second. I was fascinated by the beautiful printing and  covers she created. I  have never opened Romeo and Juliet. Once they have been opened, they never close tightly again.

I knew Barbara had started losing her eye sight due to macular degeneration in 2002. I spoke to her a coupLe years before that on the phone. Someone recently told me we lost her. However, I cannot find anything about that on the internet. Please let me know if you have any information.

Her books are now selling for fantastic sums. I would still love to have a few more. I regret not getting all the Jane Austen books and so many others!



The good news is...  You can still buy them used either on Ebay or here...  Have a look at the prices they are asking for them now. PHEW!

 http://www.lorsonbooksandprints.com/raheb.html







20 comments:

  1. Our conversation here the other day was just how much the use of computers have changed our lives......I never made the connection with miniatures, but I don't know why I didn't...??? Yes, how did they make those books so small 'back in the day'? They look wonderful......I would adore to explore your miniature collection, I bet you have items packed away you have forgotten about. X

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    1. I am wondering how much 3-D printers will change miniatures in the years to come. I hate to think about it really. I wonder if artisans aren't starting to get a bit concerned.

      If something in my collection isn't being displayed, it is in see through flip-top, 6 in a line plastic (snap shut) boxes that are in a sort of book cover that has properly shaped sleeves for them to slide into. It is hard to explain (a picture would do it). Once I opened in that book I can see everything I have. Though the charm is pretty much lost in there. haha

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  2. Esos libros son un verdadero tesoro.

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  3. These books are so beautiful. Her work is amazing, and I have no idea how they were made. Mind boggling indeed---

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  4. What wonderful foresight you had. They are indeed treasures. She was extremely talented - also prolific if the list is anything to go by.
    Cheers, Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda. I don't know about foresight.;-) I just bought what I loved, always. There are so many different styles of collecting. craftsmanship was always what appealed to me. I guess that was why I didn't have much. haha

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  5. I'd never heard of Barbara before and another reason why I love your blog. It contains a wealth of knowledge about artisans I would never see otherwise. It's mind boggling how fine these books are given how they were made. Thanks for sharing :0)

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    1. Thank you Pepper. ;-)
      I now believe the books were all typeset. Barbara also hand colored all the pictures in her books. She was known too for her calligraphy in them and gilding.

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  6. They are beautiful books, they go so well with your miniatures. I particularly like the browning one.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thank you Claude. I agree, her work was/is delicious. ;-)

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  8. Hi Catherine! Those books look amazing! It is hard to imagine them being typeset with such small type... It would be fascinating to know what was used to produce them! I would imagine you could get photographic reductions... (how they used to do layouts)with everything set up as for real printing... a complicated process! And you are right, those covers are beautiful with the gold stamping. I would not have been able to resist opening it.....!!!! :)

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  9. Hi Betsy,

    I really should do more research about how those books were made. I am very interested in the entire process. I have asked in the IGMA Forum for more information about Barbara. I am hoping to hear something.
    At the time I started collecting. I wanted an entire library of her books. It was just not to be with the sort of $ I had to spend. Then it sort of left my mind for several years when I wasn't collecting anything at all.

    I know, It was really tempting to open those books and look at all the pages. I just didn't want them to turn into something that looked like a fan. Which is exactly what happens.

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  10. Hello Catherine,
    The prices are insane. I am glad you have those books in your collection, what treasures! I will keep my fingers crossed and hope you get more of them.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac. If I ever buy another one it will be a very lucky find in Ebay.

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  11. Amazing they can make the print so small!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  12. Amazing indeed.

    Thank you Andrew. ;-)

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