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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 12 September, 2015


Queen Mary’s Doll House Library

Queen Mary’s Dolls House Library

This is the largest and most famous dollhouse in the world. Designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, it is an aristocratic Edwardian home in miniature, complete with fully furnished rooms, electricity, running water and working elevators. Miniature wine bottles actually contain the vintage promised on the labels. The toilets flush.

lizabeth Clark from the Royal Collection holds a miniature book made for Queen Mary’s dolls’ house.

The 171-volume library contains some short works which were authored specifically for the dollhouse. Each miniature book is about the size of a postage stamp; most are bound in leather.

One of the volumes will soon be published in ?human size.? It is a the fairy story contained within ?J Smith? by Fougasse, the pen name of Cyril Kenneth Bird, one of the leading cartoonists of the day.




Fairy story book measures 1.6 inch by 1.4 inch

The book tells the story of a fairy, Joe Smith, who falls out of Fairyland one stormy night and lands in London. He has a very bad time of it and returns to his friends in Fairyland, where lives happily-ever-after, of course.

A picture of 2 pages from that book is below. When you look at that tiny script, remember the page is the size of a postage stamp.

Click on either image to see one of Ileana Ottini’s great videos about the entire Queen Mary’s Doll’s House.


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