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Meditations of a Refugee

Meditations of a Refugee

Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) Miniature Book. 1 13/16 x 21 9/16 inches. [ii], 8, (32), [2] pp. Half-title, Introduction by Wallace Nethery; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped dark green leather, decorative end-papers; binding square and tight. Glen Dawson's copy without distinguishing marks. Bookplate of Kalman Levitan on front paste-down. SIGNED by Wallace and Corry Nethery on the colophon. RGKK819-095. Very Good. LIMITED EDITION, of 100 copies printed by Corry and Wallace Nethery and bound by Bela Blau, SIGNED by Corry and Wally on the colophon. This book was designed to mimic the unique book by Beerbohm in Queen Mary's Dolls House. The text in this tiny volume was originally written by hand by Max Beerbohm to fill the pages of one of 200 volumes by contemporary British authors solicited to fill the shelves of Queen Mary's Dolls House. Introduction by Wallace Nethery. "Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm was an English essayist, parodist and caricaturist under the signature of Max. He first became known in the 1890s as a dandy and a humorist. Among his best-known works is his only novel, Zuleika Dobson, published in 1911. His caricatures, drawn usually in pen or pencil with muted watercolor tinting, are in many public collections." Wikipedia. Max was also an important collecting interest of Wallace and Corry Nethery. PROVENANCE: Kalman Levitan (1917-2002) was an author and miniature book bibliographer who founded and was first chairman of the Miniature Book Society of America. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Cent. US Miniature Books, No. 303.