Just in time for October, today’s Mini Monday has a touch of the macabre. This is Microtus, created and bound by Dan Essig. It is a small blank book bound in oak boards and sewn with a Coptic stitch, which allows the book to open flat. My favorite part about this book, however, is the inlay on the front cover. Behind the mica window are three tiny, delicate vole ribs. A miniature book inlaid with miniature bones—what’s not to love?
Essig, Dan. Microtus. Asheville: Dan Essig, 1999. Copy 99. Charlotte Smith Miniatures Collection N7433.4.E88 M5 1999
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It would be even more awesome if those vole ribs had been used to sew the binding.