A small remembrance of Duke Ellington

January 26, 2016
Ray Heigemeir
Duke Ellington

I came across this miniature book, Duke Ellington Remembered: New York Notes, by Whitney Balliett, and thought it perfect for a miniature blog post. It is by far the tiniest book in the Music Library. Balliett (1926-2007) was a journalist and jazz critic who wrote for a number of publications, including for the New Yorker under famed editor William Shawn.  His essays on jazz and jazz musicians have been collected into a number of monographs, many of which are available in the Stanford Libraries.

The book was published by Royal Joh. Enschedé en Zonen, Haarlem, Netherlands. One of Europe's top printing houses, they also produce fine art books, stamps, and Dutch paper currency. The book was bound by the Reluire du Centre, Limoges, France, and dedicated to Achille St. Onje, noted publisher of miniature books.