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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, September 20 2019 4:24 PM UTC +00:00.

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Update: The 2019 Special Edition will be limited to 100 signed and numbered copies! The "Trade Edition" will be unlimited because it will also be sent free to libraries and bookstores and will not be signed and numbered.

There are 94 copies of the 2019 Special Limited Edition left as of August 17th.

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It was clear from the first Mouse Books Kickstarter campaign in 2017 that these colorful, cute, pocket size books would be very collectible. Mouse Books had 1,080 backers for a one year subscription to quarterly packets of three books with an extra book included as a bonus with each packet.

[Note: Railway Station Press Incorporated has no direct relationship with the Mouse Book Club LLC and this book and Collectors Club is independent of their company.]

Mouse Book Club LLC has gone on to do four more very successful Kickstarter campaigns. Their five campaigns raised over $150,000 and had a total of 3,183 backers.  Many of you have left comments on the campaigns that suggest to me that I am not alone in being excited about collecting Mouse Books! Their Edgar Allan Poe book The Murders in the Rue Morgue is limited to 710 numbered copies and The Dead by James Joyce, their first book, was limited to 500 numbered copies and given out to the first backers.

So I am looking for your support to launch the first in a series of what are essentially collectors catalogs for Mouse Books. The Mouse Book Collector: 2019 Edition will be in color with about 64 pages. It is perfect bound and 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches. The "Trade" Edition will have a gray cover and is $12.

The "Trade" Edition is $12 and has its own ISBN.
The "Trade" Edition is $12 and has its own ISBN.

The 2019 Special Limited Edition will be limited to one hundred signed and numbered copies!  The Special Limited Edition will be $15. I can have the 2019 Editions ready by October with the 2020 version available before the following October.

The Special Limited Edition of 100 is $15 and will be signed and numbered.
The Special Limited Edition of 100 is $15 and will be signed and numbered.

I see great things ahead for Mouse Books. I have met all four Mouse Team members and had many email conversations with the president of the company, David Dewane, since 2017. I suggest you buy your books directly from Mouse Books and use their excellent online store at www.mousebookclub.com for your purchases. 

Many of their books are sold out and if they reprint them the books have a different color cover and are designated a Second Edition. Many of their books go from 48 pages in the First Edition to 64 pages with larger type in the Second Edition.

Railway Station Press, through its publisher Stuart Bradley, has had successful Kickstarter campaigns to publish local history, World War II Memoirs, and Art Stamp Albums in Limited Editions of 100 for American and French stamps of paintings. This book will be our eighth book.

Here is the cover of our American Art Stamp Album which sold out of all one hundred copies
Here is the cover of our American Art Stamp Album which sold out of all one hundred copies

We are doing this campaign as the first one in the name of Railway Station Press. I have scanned 41 books that Mouse Books has published so far. Each book cover is in color, with detailed collector information about number printed and availability and then some interesting information about the content or the author. Here is a typical page that will be 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches. The numbering system is mine and is based on the order that the Mouse Books were published and released.

These books will include a free membership to the Mouse Books Collectors Club and you will receive bimonthly newsletters containing updates, news, want ads to trade books, letters to the editor (which will be me, Stuart Bradley) and an auction of limited edition Mouse Books. You will have the option to receive a hard copy of the newsletter in the mail or as an attachment to an email as a PDF. I use InDesign, Photoshop and Word to layout the books and newsletters. I can be reached at mousebookscollectorsclub@gmail.com if you have any questions or suggestions about the Collectors Club.

You will receive the Collectors Club newsletters in January, March, May, July, September and November of 2020. It is my hope that we can use the newsletter to develop a sealed bid auction where members can consign their material to the Editor and have it seen by other collectors. The problem with using eBay is that a search for Mouse Books brings up thousands of books related to Mickey Mouse and Disney.



If this campaign and the Collectors Club is a success I expect to continue to publish updated catalogs each year and eventually be able, based on the auctions, to place a value on the rare and limited edition Mouse Books and include them in the collector catalog.

The Railway Station Press logo with the woodcut by Christopher Manson.
The Railway Station Press logo with the woodcut by Christopher Manson.

Memberships in the Railway Station Press Founders Club are still available. The membership has a one time fee of $100 and spans five years from 2017 to the end of 2021. So if you join now you will receive a medium size Priority Mail box in October with the seven books we have published to date (see below), your letterpress printed membership card, and all of the quarterly packets from 2017 to date which includes newsletters and extra surprises (including Mouse Books that have since sold out!) The packets are sent out to members every January, April, July and October.

We publish three books each year so you would receive 15 books plus lots of extras for $100. That is an incredible deal! Membership is limited to 50 and many of the books are signed First Editions. [a membership does not include the Limited Edition Art Stamp Albums but does include the Basic Stamp Albums] A membership will include the 2019 and 2020 Editions of the Mouse Book Collector.

Here are the seven books I have published through Railway Station Press.
Here are the seven books I have published through Railway Station Press.

Risks and challenges

Railway Station Press through Stuart Bradley, the publisher, has published seven books and all of them started out as Kickstarter projects. We have used the same print-on-demand printer in Arizona and have printed over 1,500 books with that company.

There should be no problem with these books.

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    This book will be printed in color with approximately 64, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 pages, and have a perfect (glued) binding. Each Mouse Book published by the Mouse Book Club LLC, which has had 5 successful Kickstarter campaigns, will have one page showing a small scan of its colorful cover, basic collector information such as the number printed, its availability for purchase or whether it is sold out, what series it was part of etc. Below that is text about the book itself.

    There will only be 100 of these books, signed and numbered.

    The purchase of a book entitles you to a free membership in the Mouse Books Collectors Club, the main benefit will be a bimonthly newsletter containing updates on collecting the books, want ads, letters to the Editor, which is Stuart Bradley, and an auction of limited edition Mouse Books. You will have the option of either receiving a hard copy of the newsletter by mail or attached to an email as a PDF.

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