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a good little read

Updated: Oct 23, 2018

A friend and fellow miniature enthusiast recently asked if I still have all the dollhouse and miniature books that I've been collecting for so many years. That started me thinking that for most of today's collectors, since just about anything that one would ever want to know is available online, purchasing books for the purpose of reading about miniatures isn't likely. Which is unfortunate, because there's so much great material out there... and most of the photography in these books is gorgeous! Whether your passion is dollhouses, miniatures, or both, and whether you're a new collector or a seasoned expert, if you would like to explore some great books that are available, I highly recommend the following -

American Period Interiors in Miniature

Kate Dordan Klavan

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1984

The Art of Miniature

Jane Freeman

Watson-Guptill, New York, 2002

The Art of Making Furniture in Miniature

Harry W. Smith

E.P. Dutton, Inc., New York 1982

The Big Book of a Miniature House

Christine-Léa Frisoni

Originally published in 2008 in France as Le Grand Livre de la Maison Miniature. Reprinted in English in 2014 by Guild of Master Craftsman Publication, Ltd. East Sussex, UK

Contemporary Miniature Rooms & Settings

Helen Ruthburg

Chilton Book Co., Radnor, Pennsylvania, 1980

Creative and Collectible Miniatures

Lillian Baker

Collector Books, Paducah, Kentucky, 1984

Decorate a Doll's House

Michael Morse

The Lyon Press, New York, 2000

The Decorated Doll House

Jessica Ridley

Grove Press, New York, 1990

Decorative Dollhouses

Caroline Hamilton

Clarkson Potter, Inc. New York, 1990

Dollhouse Decor

Nick and Esther Porder

Watson-Guptill, New York, 2001


Valerie Jackson

Quintet Publishong, Ltd., London 1992

Courage Books, Philadelphia, PA 1992

Dolls' House Details

Kathy Dalmeny

David & Charles Publishing, 1999

The Dollhouse Book

Stephanie Finnegan

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishing, New York, 1999

The Dolls' House Gardener

Lionel Barnard & Michael Hinchcliffe

David & Charles Publishing, 1999

Joan McElroy's Dolls' House Furniture Book

J. McElroy

Random House Canada, Ltd, Toronto, 1976

Magnificent Miniatures

Kevin Mulvany and Susie Rogers

Batsford Publishers, London, 2008

US & Canada distribution by Sterling Publishing Co., New York 2008

Make & Furnish Your Own Miniature Rooms

Mariane Maeve O'Brien

Greenwich House, New York, 1976

Miniature Shops: How to Design & Make Them

Margaret B. Duda

A.S. Barnes & Co., Cranbury, New Jersey, 1977

Queen Mary's Dolls' House

Mary Stewart-Wilson

Abbeville Press, New York, 1988

The Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago

Bruce Hatton Boyer

Cross River Press, Ltd. Chicago, Illinois, 1983

The Ultimate Dollhouse Book

Faith Eaton

Dorling Kindersley Ltd., UK, 1994

Please feel free to reach out if you have questions about the contents of any of the books on the list. I would be happy to chat with you.

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