This little book is the perfect romantic gift for your anniversary, remembering the first time you kissed, your engagement or wedding day - or just because you love each other.
This is a limited edition of 12, each of the tiny books is numbered, signed, and dated, and sits its own little origami box folded from Lokta paper. The book itself is approximately 1.5 cm high and 1cm wide, the pages slightly smaller (that would be approximately 3/8"x 5/8"). It is small enough so that it could fit into a locket. (Measure the inside of the locket to be sure!) The image with the interior pages looks pretty close to life sized on my screen. Test it by holding your finger close to mine to judge the size.
Every step in the making of this book involved highest quality handmade materials and work by hand: It has hard leather covers, is decorated with my own paste paper, is filled with a handmade rag paper that was dyed with natural pigments, torn to shape, filled with writing, and bound by me. It closes with a braided band that is tugged under itself. With the tiny glass bead at the end it looks particularly cute.
The text on the pages is an old German love poem from the 12th century:
Du bist min,
ich bin din,
des solt du gewis sin.
du bist beslozzen in meinem herzen,
verlorn is daz sluzzelin,
- du muost ouch immer darinne sin.
Which translates to:
You are mine,
and I am yours,
this you can be sure of.
You are locked inside my heart,
and lost is the key,
- you have to stay there forever now.
This listing is for one of the booklets in its box. Included with the book is a leaflet made from dyed rag paper, with the text of the poem and its translation, as well as some information about the mini book.
Being completely handmade, the books differ slightly, and the color of the glass bead is different for each book, ranging from white over blue to green; some have a little bit of red in them.
This book was accepted for the exhibition "small" at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh. It was on display there from September 25th to November 27th 2010. The last image shows the poster for the show.
For those interested in the making: I wrote a series making of posts on my blog:
If you want this item for a specific date (a birthday, Valentine's) please check my shipment section in my policy page, accessible from the left panel, for delivery times.
Have any questions? Contact the shop owner.