Silver Thimble Books

Gordon Murray, a retired animation artist, created colorful and unique miniature books from his home in Bexhill on Sea, England.

Books shown above: After the Storm, The Choice, Change of Weathers, Heart's Music, and Thus I Resolve

Note: Each listing below has a Lorson Number (LN#); please include the book title and this number when inquiring about or ordering a book.


These charming books feature hand-written calligraphic poetic texts and are illustrated with original watercolor paintings. As noted, most are unique copies.


Advice From a Caterpillar; Carroll, Lewis1983, 2" x 1 5/8", cloth boards with printed label, hand-colored illustrations throughoutLN
#13b
$50.00

After the Storm; Waller, Edmund1990, 1 3/4" x 1 1/2", original watercolor paper boards, calligraphic poetic text, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#50
$480.00

Amores; Ovid, translated by Christopher Marlowe1990, 1 3/4" x 2", green cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, a double page illustration, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#48
SOLD

Auguries of Innocence; Blake, William1990, 3" x 3", burgandy cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#40
SOLD

Autumn; Hood, Thomas1990, 2 1/2" x 2", burgandy cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#47
SOLD

Bird Verse; Clare, John1991, 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" (each book), three volumes in original watercolor boards, decorative slipcase with inset watercolor pictures, copy 1 of 1LN
#43
SOLD

Change of Weathers; Quarles, Francis1990, 1 3/4" x 1 1/2", original watercolor paper boards, calligraphic poetic text, lipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#52
$480.00

Choice, The; Tate, Nahum1990, 1 3/4" x 1 1/2", original watercolor paper boards, calligraphic poetic text, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#53
$480.00

Cleopatra's Barge; Shakespeare, William1990, 2 1/2" x 2", green cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#46
SOLD

Dulac1988, 2" x 2 1/4", tan cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, slipcase, 9 miniature watercolors inspired by Dulac, copy 4 of 4LN
#46
SOLD

Elergy Written in a Country Churchyard; Gray, Thomas1990, 3" x 3", burgandy cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#44
SOLD

Goblin Market; Rosetti, Christina1990, 3" x 3", 4 volumes, burgandy cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#45
SOLD

Heart's Music; Anon1990, 1 3/4" x 1 1/2", original watercolor paper boards, calligraphic poetic text, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#54
$480.00

Lady of Shallot, The; Tennyson, Alfred1990, 3" x 2 7/8", beep blue cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, calligraphic text (there is one very small retouch by the artist that does not effect the text), original watercolor illustrations, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#64
$480.00

Manet1988, 3" x 3", blue cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, calligraphic text, original watercolor illustrations throughout, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#65
SOLD

Ode to a Nightingale; Keats, John1990, 3" x 2 7/8", burgandy cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, calligraphic text, original watercolor illustrations, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#63
SOLD

Ode to the West Wind; Shelley, Percey Bysshe1990, 3" x 3", green cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#41
SOLD

Pheonix and the Turtle, The; Shakespeare, William1990, 1 3/4" x 2 1/8", green cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, original watercolor illustration, hand-written text, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#62
$390.00

Raphael1988, 3" x 3", blue cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, calligraphic text, original watercolor illustrations throughout, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#66
SOLD

Renoir's Children1988, 2 1/8" x 2 1/8", blue cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, original watercolor illustrations throughout, slipcase, copy 3 of 4LN
#61
SOLD

Rosabelle; Scott, Sir Walter1990, 2 1/2" x 2", red cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#60
$330.00

Scholar Gipsy; Arnold, Matthew1990, 3" x 3", 2 volumes, green cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, each volune opens with a two page watercolor illustration, original calligraphy; two small errors, painted over by Murry, do not affect the text, slipcase, copy 1 of 1, LN
#42
$725.00

Star-cross'd Lovers:
Gallop Apace
Come, Romeo
One Short Minute;
Shakespeare, William
1991, 1 3/4" x 1 1/2", three volumes with original watercolor boards, calligraphic text, special display slipcaseLN
#67
$900.00

Thus I Resolve; Campion, Thomas1990, 1 3/4" x 1 1/2", original watercolor paper boards, calligraphic poetic text, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#51
$480.00

To Sleep; Keats, John1990, 1 3/4" x 1 1/2", original watercolor paper boards, slipcase, copy 1 of 1 LN
#49
SOLD

Walrus and the Carpenter, The; Carroll, Lewis1983, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", cloth boards, 150 copies, hand-colored illustrationsLN
#24
$150.00

White Knight's Song, The; Caroll, Lewis1990, 1 3/4" x 2", burgandy cloth boards with inset watercolor picture, slipcase, copy 1 of 1LN
#47
SOLD

Standard editions


Christmas Day at the Workhouse; Sims, George R.1983, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", cloth boardsLN
#22
$35.00

Christmas Tree, A; Dickens, Charles1982, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", cloth boards, not signed or numberedLN
#20
$25.00

Constable; Murray, Gordon1988 2 1/2" x 2 1/4", cloth boards, 3 of 4 copiesLN
#1
SOLD

Covent Garden Market, 1851; Mayhew, Henry1983, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", cloth boards, not signed or numberedLN
#19
$25.00

Crown of Rosebuds, A; Herrick, Robert, and Traherne, Thomas1985 2 1/2" x 2", cloth boards with inset original illustration, 50 copiesLN
#14
SOLD

February; Clare, John1987, 2 1/2" x 1 3/4", cloth boards with pictorial inlay, six color illustrations, slipcase, number 3 of 32 copiesLN
#2
SOLD

Four Visitors to Venice1987, 2 1/2" x 2 3/4", cloth boards with inset watercolor, slipcase, manuscript text with original watercolor illustrations, 10 copiesLN
#18
SOLD

Harrods 1884, 'The Baron'; Murray, Gordon1983, 2 1/8" x 1 3/4", cloth boards with printed labelLN
#3
SOLD

Hole, The; Murray, Gordon1985, 2 1/8" x 1 3/4", cloth boards with printed label, slipcase, 50 copiesLN
#4
SOLD

Innocent Eye, The; Peacock, Thomas Love and Stevenson, Robert Louis1987 2 1/2" x 2", cloth boards, paper board slipcase, original watercolor illustrations, 32 copiesLN
#29
SOLD

London Morning, A; Dickens, Charles1983, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", cloth boards, 500 copiesLN
#27
$35.00

Making of Man, The; Swinburne, Algernon1987, 2 7/16" x 2", embroidered cloth boards, paper board slipcase, original watercolor illustrations, 50 copiesLN
#28
SOLD

Nightingale in the Sycamore, A 1983, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", cloth boardsLN
#26
SOLD

One Dancing Princess; Murry, Gordon1982, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", floral cloth boards, 500 copies, signedLN
#21
SOLD

Pied Piper, The; Elder, Abraham1985, 2 1/8" x 1 5/8", cloth boards with hand-painted labelLN
#12
$85.00

Pig and Pepper; Carroll, Lewis1984, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", cloth boards, 150 copiesLN
#26
SOLD

Piper at the Gates of Dawn, The; Grahame, Kenneth1985, 2 1/8" x 1 3/4", cloth boards with printed label, 500 copiesLN
#5
$50.00

Princess, The; Marshall, Archibald1985, 2 1/8" x 1 3/4", cloth boards with printed label, 150 copiesLN
#6
SOLD

Question, The; Shelley, Percy Bysshe1988, 2 1/2" x 2 3/4", cloth boards with inset watercolor, slipcase, manuscript text with original watercolor illustrations, 1 copyLN
#17
SOLD

Raven, The; Poe, Edgar Allan1982, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", cloth boardsLN
#23a
$25.00

Raven, The; Poe, Edgar Allan1982, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", cloth boardsLN
#23b
SOLD

Saint and the Goblin, The; Saki1985, 2 1/8" x 1 3/4", cloth boards with printed label, 150 copiesLN
#7
SOLD

Sonnets Five; Shakespeare, William1985, 2 1/8" x 1 3/4", cloth boards with needle point flower, illuminated throughout, slipcase, 50 copiesLN
#15
SOLD

Splendour of Life; Murray, Gordon (editor)1986, 2 1/8" x 1 3/4", cloth boards with needle point butterfly, slipcase, 50 copiesLN
#8
SOLD

Summer; Barnes, Claire Jefferies1986, 2 1/2" x 2", beautiful floral needlepoint cloth boards, slipcase, 50 copiesLN
#16
SOLD

Three by Carroll:
Advice From a Caterpillar
Pig and Pepper
Walrus and the Carpenter
1983, 3 volumes, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", cloth boards with colored illustration, hand-colored illustrations throughout, paper board slipcaseLN
#27
$150.00

Three by Dickens:
A Christmas Drive
A London Morning
Winkle on Ice
1983, 3 volumes, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", cloth boards with colored illustration, some colored illustrations in the text, paper board slipcaseLN
#27
$125.00

Three Kings, The; Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth1985, 2 1/8" x 1 3/4", cloth boards with fabric inlay, slipcase, hand-colored throughout, 50 copiesLN
#9
SOLD

To My Son; Raleigh, Sir Walter1990, 1 1/4" x 1 1/2", pictorial paper boards, slipcase, 1 of 1LN
#10
SOLD

Van Called Alice, A; Murray, Gordon1983, 2 1/16" x 1 5/8", cloth boards, signed and numberedLN
#25
SOLD

Waterloo, 1815; Murray, Gordon (editor)1986, 2 1/8" x 1 3/4", cloth boards with needle point drum, hand-colored illustrations throughout, signed and numbered, slipcased, 50 copiesLN
#11
SOLD

When I Was One and Twenty; Housman, A. E.1986, 2 1/2" x 2", two original illustrations, cloth boards with needle point heart, slipcase, 50 copiesLN
#13
SOLD

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