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Bo Press Miniature Books
44 pages, 26 illustrations
1 1/8" x 3/4"

I felt sorry for ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, designed as they were to be chiseled, like Roman capitals and runes. In the centuries that followed Egypt's height, calligraphers and artists had used letter forms for beautiful illuminations and endless varieties of typefaces, so I'm doing the same for hieroglyphs.

I started turning these basic pictographs into illuminated and historiated letters, but then more and more of them demanded to be modern, so I let the letter forms cross-breed with Photoshop, to create the illustrations in this book. The original hieroglyphs appear below the illustrations.

The book is bound in papyrus, and has decorative endpapers (some hieroglyphs that didn't fit into the book), and paper titles on the front and spine.

Pat Sweet and the Bo Press make miniature illustrated books, maps, portfolios, journals and globes from 1/2" to 3". Subjects range from fans to werewolves to mathematics, but have common themes of curiosity, wonder, mystery, and delight. Member of the Miniature Book Society and IGMA.

HEIROGLYPHS, Microminiature Book Bo Press


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  • Materials: papyrus, paper, board
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