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Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras
Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras
Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras
Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras
Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras
Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras
Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras
Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras
Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras
Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras
Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras
Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras

Material:  Leather, Fine Paper, Plastic, Celluloid
Size:  Fitted Leather Case:  Length ~ 6.75 inches, Width ~ 1.50 inches, Height ~ 2.50 inches
         
Individual Book:  Length ~ 3.125, Width ~ 2.25, Height ~ 5/8 inches
         
Magnifying Glass:  Length ~ 2 & 7/8 inches, Width ~ 1 & 5/8 inches
         
Currency Converter:  Length ~ 6.25 inches, Width ~ 1 & 5/8 inches,  
Marks:  Books ~ Published by Burgess & Bowes LTD  Waterloo Road London N. W. 2  Printed In Belgium             Magnifying Glass ~  C.O.I. L. Made In England
            Foreign Currency Exchange / Guide ~ Made In England
Origin:  All items made in England - Book pages were printed in Belgium
Age:  apx. mid 20th Century, c. 1950's - 1960
Quantity:  1 set four books, with case, magnifier and currency exchange guide

An exceptionally fine condition vintage travel set of  leather bound and cased miniature translation dictionary books.  All manner of important words and phrases are translated from English to four different foreign languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian.  Also tucked inside the fitted leather travel case is what appears to be the original small magnifying glass, plus a harder to find period celluloid currency converter, both of which were made in England.

The currency guide is double sided and compares U.S. dollars to apx 14 other currencies, indicating via a marked celluloid slide rule the equivalent amount in U.K. Pound Sterling, French Franc, Japanese Yen, Danish Kroner, and Mexican Peso, to mention just a few.  According to the ruler (at the time of manufacture) one American dollar was equivalent to apx. 5 French Francs, 12 Mexican Pesos, 360 Japanese Yen. 4.2 German Marks, 4.4 Swiss Francs, 625.00 Italian Lira, 50 Belgian Francs, 6.9 Danish Kroners and 28.750 Portuguese Escudos.  Although the converter is not date marked, our online research confirmed the aforementioned currency comparisons as appropriate for the estimated mid century time period of 1950 - 60.

The miniature textured leather covered  books are very nice, with marbled page edges and gilt lettering on spines and backs.  We would describe the leather color of books and case as a goldish brown, with orange undertones.  The true shade was difficult to capture accurately in the above images, and our monitor at least is best depicted in image #3.  The books indicate the translations include "Dialogues For All Occasions, Motoring, (Automobile Parts & Terms) Photographic, Architectural Terms, Christian & Geographical Names, Idioms, etc." While each book appears to be exactly the same, they do contain differing number of pages.  For example the Spanish book indicates 274 total pages, the Italian book 252 pages, the French book 233 pages and the German book a total of 222 pages.  We did not examine each and every page in all four books, however, all original pages appear to be present and bindings remain snug and as close to original condition as likely possible for a 60 - 70 year old paper item.  These little books appear to be all but unused.  The German and French books may have been opened and possibly looked through to some minor degree, while the Spanish and Italian books are seemingly virtually unused.  The individual fine paper pages remain exceptionally nice; free of bends, tears, wrinkles, marks, smudges, etc.   The matching textured leather case is also extremely nice, with no scuffs, or other marks and gilt lettering to front and back is bright with no noted wear.  The stitching remains intact and the two original exterior closure snaps are present and work well.  The miniature plastic magnifying glass actually magnifies and is quite clear and useable, with no noted cracks, breaks, etc.  The foreign money exchange calculator is also in very good condition, with bright, unworn colored graphics, (red on one side, black on the other) although the celluloid has yellowed in an somewhat ombre effect; slightly darker yellow hue to outside edges and lighter/pale yellow to middle section. Original slider present and slides freely.

Overall a very nice original vintage set of miniature / midget travel dictionary books, with each little leather book containing thousands of English words translated to their corresponding French, German, Spanish or Italian word and/or phrase, and all enclosed in a fine, smooth leather case, with the magnifier and converter, as previously described.

nostalgic, vintage, collectible, ephemera, mid-century

Miniature Midget Set of 4 Leather Cased Books, Burgess & Bowes LTD London England, Mid 20th Century Foreign Language Translation Dictionaries + Extras

$ 125.00

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