I recently read an article in Early American Life magazine about stone books. I was excited to see the article. There are lots of pictures of a wonderful collection belonging to a woman who lives right here in Wilmington, sovaldi Delaware.
The reason I was so interested in the article is because I own two stone books. I bought them because I loved them. There was something about them that was so irresistible, healing they are such tiny little treasures. I love the way they look next to my early leather books.
You can see how small they are when sitting next to a pair of early reading glasses. They only measure only 1-1/2 inches high. Some are known to be even smaller, less then one inch in height! No one is really sure why they were made. It is rare to find one that is signed. Some say that they were practice for gravestone carvers, just learning the trade. Most of these little stone books were carved to look closed, but a few have been found that are open, those are the rarest of all.
Stone books were poorly documented. I have not been able to find anything about them on the internet, and I have read that only a few printed references exist. I wish I knew which ones. If you love them, I just might put them for sale soon.