Cigales, Grasshoppers, and Ants
. The Castle Press: Robert C. Bradbury Miniature Books . Worcester, MA
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This is a well bound miniature book (2 7/8 x 2 1/8) with a colophon page at the back. This is apparently Volume 1 of a two volume set. It has a green frontispiece grasshopper illustration. The book is printed in black and green inks. The covers are gilt-stamped green cloth, and the binding is square and tight. The foreword by Glen Dawson reviews the history of Dawson's Book Shop, including the part played by William M. Cheney. It closes with this memorable sentence: Making and selling miniature books is a fun way of making very little money. Then an introduction presents William Cheney, who made forty-seven miniature books. The body of the book is, surprisingly, a letter from Cheney to Dawson on cigales and grasshoppers. A publisher's note tells us that the frontispiece grasshopper is Cheney's drawing for Trois Fables de La Fontaine, also in this collection. This strange little book is complemented by an even stranger companion volume, described by John Howell for Books this way: Volume 2 unpaginated, with a loosely laid in title page which denotes 10 pieces of Miniature Ephemera printed by William M. Cheney and mounted on 10 blank pages in mylar sleeves attached to the pages, additional pages allows the owner to add Cheney ephemera as they add to their collection.