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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Great Britain – Silver Thimble Books

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Described on this page are copies of miniature books in the Smith Collection published by a press in a country other than the United States.

Silver Thimble Books

Bexhill-on-Sea, England

Murray, Gordon. One Dancing Princess. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill, 1982. 1 5/8″ x 2 1/8″. Colophon: Copy No. 319 of a lmited edition of 500, signed by the author. Printed and published by Gordon Murray. 2 illustrations. Patterned coloured cloth.

Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Tree. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1982. 2 1/16″ x 1 11/16″. Colophon: Abridged from ‘Household Words, (1850)’. Printed and published by Gordon Murray. Bound in patterned holly berry cloth with label on front.

Poe, Edgar Allen. The Raven. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1982. 2 1/8″ x 1 5/8″. Colophon: Signed Gordon Murray. Printed and published by Gordon Murray. Bound in maroon corduroy. Label on front.

Dickens, Charles. A London Morning. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill, 1983. 2 1/8″ x 1 11/16″. Colophon: #1 of 500 signed Gordon Murray. From ‘Sketches by Boz’ 1835. Design C. Gordon Murray 1983. Published by Gordon Murray. Bound in dark blue cloth with colored label. See also Ms D5486lo for an original page (page 4, unnumbered) of this book, sent by Gordon Murray to Charlotte Smith and inscribed to her.

Mayhew, Henry. Covent Garden Market. Silver Thimble Books Bexhill, England, 1983. 2 1/16″ x 1 9/16″. Colophon: From ‘London Labour and the London Poor’, 1851, by Henry Mayhew. Design C. Gordon Murray 1983. Published by Gordon Murray. Bound in green cloth. Two illustrations plus one on back endpaper. Inscribed “To Charlotte Smith with best wishes, Gordon Murray.” Label plus colored basket of apples on front cover. 500 copies.

Carroll, Lewis. The Walrus and the Carpenter. From Through the Looking Glass. Bexhill-on-Sea, Silver Thimble Press, 1983. #6 of 150 copies; signed by Gordon Murray.

Murray, Gordon. A Van Called Alice. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1983. 2 1/8″ x 1 11/16″. Colophon: No 1 of 500 signed copies. Signed Gordon Murray, Publisher and Designer. Published by Gordon Murray. Bound in dark rose cloth. Label and picture on front cover.

Murray, Gordon. A Nightingale in the Sycamore. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill, 1983. 2 1/8″ x 1 5/8″. Colophon: Design C. Gordon Murray 1983. Published by Gordon Murray. #1 of 500 Signed Murray. Bound in gray-blue floral cloth with white pattern with a label bearing title.

Sims, George R. Christmas Day in the Workhouse. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1983. 2 1/8″ x 1 3/3″. Colophon: No 1 of 500 signed copies. Signed Gordon Murray, Publisher and Designer. From The Dagonet and Other Poems, 1903. Published by Gordon Murray. Bondestat Printers, Eastbourne. Bound in blue-green narrow corduroy. Colored label on front.

Carroll, Lewis. Advice from a Caterpillar. Bexhill-on-Sea, Silver Thimble Books, 1983. Edition of 150 copies.

Murray, Gordon. Harrods 1884 The Baron. Silver Thimble Books, 1983.

Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Drive. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1984. 2 1/8″ x 1 _”. Colophon: No 1 of 500 signed copies, Gordon Murray, Publisher and Designer. Designed and Published by Gordon Murray, 187 Turkey Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, E. Sussex, TN395HY. GB. Printed by Bondestat Eastbourne. Bound in rose cloth with a handpainted paper label.

Carroll, Lewis. Pig and Pepper. Silver Thimble Books, 1984. #1 of 150 copies.

Dickens, Charles. Winkle on Ice. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1984. 2 1/16″ x 1 11/16″. Colophon: No 1 of 500 signed copies, Gordon Murray, Publisher and Designer. Published by Gordon Murray. Bondestat, Printers, Eastbourne.Hand colored illustratons. From Postumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

Marshall, Archibald. The Princess. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8″ x 1 11/16″. Colophon: No: 1 of 150 copies, bound and coloured by hand, signed Gordon Murray, publisher and designer. Printed by Bondestat, Eastbourne. Bound in brown cloth with a hand colored illustrated label. In black slipcase. One illustration, with illuminated initials.

Grahame, Kenneth. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8″ x 1 _”. Colophon: No:1 of 500 signed copies. Signed Gordon Murray, publisher and designer. Five hand colored illustrations. Bound in blue cloth, hand colored paper label. In a black slipcase.

Saki. The Saint and the Goblin. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8″ x 1 _”. Colophon: No: 1 of 150 copies, bound and coloured by hand, signed Gordon Murray, publisher and designer. Five handcoloured lillustrations. Bound in green cloth with a handcolored paste on iluustrations. In a black slip case.

Wilde, Oscar. The Selfish Giant. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8″ x 1 11/16″. Colophon: No: 1 of 50 copies, bound and coloured by hand, signed Gordon Murray, Publisher and Designer. Bound in blue cloth with a hand colored paper label with a plastic dust jacket. In a black slip case with an uncolored paper label.

Murray, Gordon. The Hole. Silver Thimble books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8″ x 1 11/16″. Colophon: No: 1 of 50 copies, bound and coloured by hand, signed Gordon Murray, publisher and designer. Bound in rose colored cloth with plastic dust jacket. In black slip case with paper label, uncolored.

Elder, Abraham. The Pied Piper. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 3/16″ x 1 _”. Colophon: No: 1 of 50 copies, bound and coloured by hand, signed Gordon Murray, publisher and designer. Bound in cloth with hand coloured paper label and glassine dust wrapper. In black slipcase with black and white paper label.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. The Three Kings. Silver Thimble books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8″ x 1 _” Colophon: No. 1 of fifty. This copy completed and bound in Aug. 1985 by Gordon Murray, who retains design copyright. Signed Gordon Murray. Designer, maker, publisher. The cover is of brown cloth with a rectangle of black velvet onn which a stylized star has been embroidered in silver thread. In a glassine wrapper and black slip case.

Shakespeare, William. Sonnets Five. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1985. 2 1/8″ x 1 5/8″. Colophon: No: 1oif fifty, This copy completed and bound in Nov. 1985 by Gordon Murray, who retains design copyright. Gordon Murray is designer, maker and publisher. Signed Gordon Murray. Bound in an old rose cloth with a needle point panel of rose flowers and green leves on an ecru background. Hank watercolored end papers, at the front of a cottage and figures, and at the back of a river with a boat and trees. There are six mounted exquisitely beginning of each sonnnet, and ten smaller panels beautifully done. This is a unique book. The book has a glassene wrapper and is housed in a black slipcase with printed label.

Murray, Gordon, ed. Splendour of Life. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1986. 2 ¼” x 1 _”. Colophon: No: 1 of fifty. Signed Gordon Murray. Gordon Murray is designer, maker and publisher. The end papers are water colors as are four illustrations. There are four hand colored initials. Bound in a needle-work cover with a butterfly on the front, covered with glassene wrapper. In a black slip-case with a printed label. A very beautiful book.

Swinburne, Algernon. The Making of Man: From Atlanta. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1986. 2 ½” x 1 15/16″. Colophon: 1/50 text, 1/1 illustration. Signed Gordon Murray, V 1986. Bound in a blue-grey cloth with a circle inset of needlepoint, A.S. in red on a tan background, covered with a glassene wrapperr. In a black slip-case with a printed label. Each page is a different marbling pattern and design, with the text lettered and pasted on. The initials are hand-colored. This is an exquisite book.

Murray, Gordon, ed. Waterloo 1815. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1986. 2 1/8″ x 1 _”. Colophon: No: 1 of fifty. Signed Gordon Murray. Bound in fabric with a cross-stitched drum hand stitched on cover, covered with glassene wrapper. In a black slip-case with a printed label.

Barnes, William, John Claire, and Ricard Jeffries. Summer. Bexhill-on-Sea, Silver Thimble Books, 1986. #1 of 50 copies signed by Gordon Murray.

Houseman, A.E. When I Was One and Twenty. Silver Thimble books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1986. 2 ½” x 2″. Colophon: 1/50 Signed Gordon Murray, XI 1986. Bound in an olive green cover with a counted-crossstitch red heart tied with a gold shaded bow. In a glassine wrapper and black slipcase with a paper label. Hand-watercolored end papers, illustrations and capitals.

Herrick, Robert, and Thomas Traherne. A Crown of Rosebuds: From the Wisdom of Solomon. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1986. 2 ½” x 2″. Colophon: 1/50 Signed Gordon Murray, XII 1986. Bound in a rust corduroy cover with a tiny frame enclosing a water-color angel bearing a wreath of rosebuds. In a glassene wrapper and a black slipcase bearing a paper label. Water-colored endpapers, illustrations and illuminated capital.

Clare, John, 1793-1864. February. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1987. 2 ½” x 2 _”. Colophon: 1/32 Signed Gordon Murray, III 1987. The cover is a water color picture set into a needlepoint cover. The book has a glassene wrapper and is housed in a black slipcase with printed label. It contains six water color illustrations. An errara slip: “ERRATUM / copies 1 to 8 / Versus marked / D E F G should / be read after / those marked / A B C”. In pencil he has lightly lettered the appropriate pages.

Peacock, Thomas Love, and Robert Louis Stevenson. The Innocent Eye. Silver Thimble Books, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1987. 2 ½” x 1 15/16″. Colophon: #1 signed Gordon Murray VI 1987. Bound in red cloth, with a watercolor of an eye inset into the front cover. Two watercolors at the beginning of selections. In glassine wrapper and black slipcase with printed label.

Thomas, Edward. Haymaking. Poems in manuscript; signed “Gordon Murray” on last page, dated “X 1987”, and numbered “1/1”. 2 3/4 x 2 3/4″, 27p. Bound in green linen-finish cloth with color illustration recessed on cover. The poems are written across the openings.Slipcase covered in black paper.

Murray, Gordon. Russian Imperial Easter Eggs. Illustrations and descriptions of easter eggs. Signed “Gordon Murray on last page, dated “II 1988”, and number “1/1″. 2 7/8 x 2 1/2”. 48pp. Green linen-finish cloth with color illustration recessed on cover. Slipcase covered in black paper.

Burns, Robert. My Heart’s in the Highlands. 1990. 1 3/4 x 1 1/2″. One of 22 copies calligraphed and bound by Gordon Murray to celebrate the visit to Scotland of members of the Minature Book Society. Bound in watercolor decorated paper boards, slipcase. Signed by Murray.