Midge and Beetle: an original illustrated fairy tale, printed and bound by hand

Midge and Beetle: an original illustrated fairy tale, printed and bound by hand

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MIDGE is a girl who lives by herself in a very nasty patch of woods. All she thinks she wants is to be left ALONE.

BEETLE is the eighth of seventeen children. All he thinks he wants is to find a sleeping princess of his own.

What will happen when they meet? Midge and Beetle is their story — a fairy tale fraught with danger: scratchy plants, mocking squirrels and lots of mud — a fairy tale in which (*gasp*)THE PRINCE DOES THE LAUNDRY!

Midge and Beetle is my own original work, printed and bound by hand. The cover and title page have been printed from hand set metal type. The text of the story has been printed from polymer plates. Four original woodcuts illustrate the text in color. The interior pages have been printed on acid free cotton paper, bound with my century-old booklet stapler, and then glued into a sturdy cover.

Printing and binding took place in my print shop in Baltimore, Maryland. Since this is produced by hand on antique equipment, each book will be ever so slightly unique. And for the same reason, I should point out that the printing of text has some "character" as well - a slight unevenness and variation from line to line.

As seen in the photos, the cover comes in two different colors, light gray and light brown.

If you have any questions about the book, please contact me! Thanks for looking!

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Shipping from United States

Rate increases have made it so that shipping a single card in a protective mailer now costs me more than $2.75. However, the rates don't go up steeply from there. For orders of greeting cards within the United States, the first card will incur a shipping charge of $2.75, but additional cards in the same order will ship for no additional shipping fee. SO - it pays to buy more than one!

I will ship your order within the time period specified on each listing. For most products, and for most of the year, this will be within three business days, but for certain items and at certain time periods (holidays and vacations) shipping may take longer - when extended shipping times are in effect, you'll see this noted on the shipping times with each listing. I ship my products in sturdy mailers via USPS first class mail, or via Priority mail for larger or more expensive items - see the individual listing for shipping options.

Due to increasing costs and complications, I am sorry to say that I am no longer shipping items to addresses outside the United States and Canada. Any customs duties for Canadian orders are the responsibility of the buyer.

I want every order to arrive in good shape in the mailbox of a happy customer, but I know that some times bad things happen in transit. If something has gone wrong, please let me know. In cases of loss or damage, I'll either grant a refund or dispatch a replacement depending on your wishes and what I have in stock. If items are damaged in shipping, I may ask you to return them to me at my expense so that I can see if I need to adjust my packaging.

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I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

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Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

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If you are not entirely satisfied with your order, contact me with your concerns. I may ask you to send the item back and then, once I receive it I will refund to you the amount of your original purchase, including the original shipping charge.


Unless otherwise noted, all of my products are created by hand, with, naturally, the assistance of paintbrush or printing press. I am always working to improve my process, but please keep in mind that until I am perfect, there will be some endearing human variations in my individual products...

Please also note - I retain copyright in all my creations. Copyright does not transfer with the sale of an individual item!