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Box Set “12,000 Miniatures de Parfum”

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Coffret 12000 miniatures

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About

Deluxe slipset containing two guide books for perfume and miniature bottle enthusiasts and collectors. 12,000 articles.

Perfume bottles and miniatures are wonderful objects, sought-after and collected by hobbyists all over the world. My name is Jean-Michel Courset, and I have been documenting these adorable little bottles for the past 20 years.

The “12,000 Miniatures de Parfum” box set project is the culmination of this work, presented in a format essentially independent of the reader’s native language. The “Box Set” version includes the slipcase and two guide books: “10000 Miniatures de Parfum” and “+2000 Miniatures de Parfum”.

The following important detailed information is shown after the descriptions:

  • Stretch goals
  • Essentially native language-independent
  • Low-cost worldwide shipping
  • Special terms for professionals (book sellers, perfume stores, antiques dealers)

 

The box set

Description of the box set
The slipcase is designed to be a showcase for the guides “10000 Miniatures de Parfum” and “+2000 Miniatures de Parfum”. It will be produced in high-quality, thick card. Stretch goals include deluxe print options (see technical and stretch goal descriptions) for a “silver” or “gold” finish.

Together, the two guides list a total of 12,723 miniature perfume bottles. Each listed miniature has a photograph, a description and a collectors’ guide price.
For the first time in the history of miniature collecting, a unique, permanent number has been assigned to each item. The guides list thousands of vintage, modern and contemporary bottles from dozens of different countries. Miniatures are in most cases photographed with their packaging, to facilitate identification.

By pledging even a token amount to this project, you will be supporting the largest-ever database of collectable miniatures and helping to preserve this heritage. This project is an authentic historical archive.

More than mere books, these invaluable tools will help you to manage your collection and determine its value. Refer to them at antiques markets, trade fairs and car boot sales to check whether items are being offered at a reasonable price.

Technical description – Slipcase
The slipcase will be produced in 1.8 mm heavy card, covered in 135 g/sqm semi-gloss paper with a scratch-resistant matte film finish. Twin thumbcuts help you easily insert and remove the guides.
If the relevant stretch goals are reached, the limited edition available exclusively to Kickstarter and subscription backers will be produced either with silver Pantone ink or hot-stamped in gold.

Technical description – Guide books
Together, the guides contain more than 620 pages.
Format: 23x26 cm
Paper: 135 g/sqm semi-gloss
Printing: Four-colour process
Binding: 280 g/sqm graphics card

 

10000 miniatures the book

Guide 1 – 10000 miniatures de parfum, la cote internationale de l’échantillon ancien, moderne et contemporain (10,000 Perfume Miniatures – An international price guide for vintage, modern and contemporary samples)

The first price guide for miniature perfume bottle collectors, entitled “5000 Miniatures de Parfum”, was published nearly 20 years ago. For the very first time, fans of these adorable little bottles had a serious reference work and price guide, comparable to those familiar to stamp, coin and postcard collectors.

This guide was followed by two others, the “6000” and the “8000”, the latter of which was published in 2001 and, currently out-of-print, has seen used copies changing hands for astronomical prices. Clearly, it was becoming urgent to respond to this demand from enthusiasts.
This exceptional guide was the result, surpassing the previous editions by cataloguing more than 10.000 items, including miniatures, samples, solid perfumes and other fragranced products.

Aided by one of the world’s pre-eminent collectors, Jean-Claude Gélinier, I spared no effort to ensure the quality of the information provided and to include beautiful photos and easily readable descriptions.

As well as being an aesthetically stunning publication and the field’s leading iconographic reference guide, the “10,000” is an essential tool for managing your collection and informing your purchases and trades.

To give you a clearer idea, an excerpt from this guide is available in PDF format (use the Zoom function to fully appreciate this high-definition document).

Download the pdf.

Explore a few albums taken from the guide:

Guerlain Album
Dali Album
Sanrio Album
Album containing assorted miniatures

Hundreds of photos, videos and excerpts on my Facebook page.

+2000 miniatures the book

Guide 2 – +2000 miniatures de parfum, la cote internationale de l’échantillon ancien, moderne et contemporain (+2000 Perfume Miniatures – An international price guide for vintage, modern and contemporary samples)

This guide consists exclusively of items not catalogued in the previous publication. Together, the two books provide perfume enthusiasts with an incredible database of more than 12,000 miniatures, with photographs, descriptions and guide prices.

 

To give you a clearer idea, an excerpt from this guide is available in PDF format (use the Zoom function to fully appreciate this high-definition document).

Download the pdf.

Explore a few albums taken from the guide:

Air-Val Album
Coty Album
Givenchy Album
Guerlain Album

Visit my Facebook page to browse hundreds of photos, videos and excerpts.

Rewards en stretch goals.

Automatic benefits
As a project backer, I am very happy to offer you some significant basic benefits:

  • A discounted price for the “Box Set” edition. The list price of the limited edition box set will be €92. If you pledge today and the project is funded, you will receive the exclusive deluxe version at a lower price than the subsequent standard version (which if produced will be priced at €89).
  • Reduced shipping costs.
  • Exclusive edition – The Kickstarter version of this prestigious box set will be a collector’s item. This edition will be reserved exclusively for Kickstarter and subscription backers. (Only a handful of additional copies not intended for sale will be produced: press copies and regulatory legal archive and reference copies). Copies will be identified (on the back cover) as the “Limited-edition collector’s version”.

Stretch goals and rewards

  • €5,000 tier – “SILVER” quality reward
    The presentation slipcase will be even more attractive with the title printed in silver Pantone. This is a fifth colour added during printing, supplementing the traditional four-colour process with a special silver-effect ink.
  • €8,000 tier – “GOLD” quality reward
    The presentation slipcase will be even more attractive with the title hot-stamped in gold. Gold hot-stamping consists in applying metal foil to the printed document for an extremely prestigious effect.
  • €10,000 tier – Tier 1 reward – Supplement
    Practical supplement listing abbreviations in French and English (Note: These abbreviations are included in the books as standard; this supplement simply allows easier reference).
  • €12,000 tier – Tier 2 reward – Supplement
    The supplement will list abbreviations in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Arabic and Mandarin (Note: These abbreviations are included in the books as standard; this supplement simply allows easier reference).
  • €15,000 tier – Tier 3 reward – Supplement
    The supplement will also contain an English translation of the full text of the preface.

Language

The guides are published in French, but can be used regardless of your native language, as their content largely consists of photographs, manufacturer names, brand names and values.

Each miniature’s description lists its volume, height, release date and country of origin. Other details are generally presented as abbreviations, for which translations in eight languages are provided at the start of the guide. The easiest way to check that these guides meet your needs is to look at the sample excerpts (see above).

Also, feel free to download this PDF file, which explains the information found in a description and lists the abbreviations used.

Description and abbreviations in the “10000 Miniatures de Parfum” guide

Description and abbreviations in the “+2000 Miniatures de Parfum” guide

Consider the example of the Ramage miniature by Bourjois.
BOUR0066 BOURJOIS Ramage – P – F –7ml – Fl verre trans réplique – etq blason dorée – Bch plast à vis ogival doré strié – 8,6 cm – 1951 – FR – 42 €

1. Photo. The photograph of the bottle (generally accompanied by a photo of the box), is naturally the main source of information about a miniature.

 2. Many other details are totally language-independent. Countries of origin are indicated by their international code (as defined in the standard ISO 3166-1 ).

 3. A few other details are shown in abbreviated form. These typically concern the fragrance’s concentration (eau de toilette, perfume, eau de parfum, etc.) and target audience (For men, For women, etc.). There are only a very limited number of possibilities for these two parameters and you will quickly become familiar with the abbreviations that represent them. Abbreviations are translated into eight languages at the start of the guide.

 4. The description is the trickiest part. It largely comprises information that is also visible in the photo (bottle and cap colour and shape, label details, etc.) and is therefore not totally indispensable. If you do want to read and understand this content, however, each guide helpfully includes a very comprehensive index of abbreviations, translated into eight languages. This glossary will also be provided in a separate supplement if the relevant stretch goals are unlocked.

In our example, the description states: – This transparent glass bottle is a scale replica, – The label shows a gold shield – It has a pointed, striated, gold-coloured screw-on plastic cap. The vast majority of these details are either of secondary importance or are directly visible in the photo.

Shipping

Worldwide shipping.

As the complete version of this box set will weigh more than 3 kg (6.6 lbs), shipping costs will be significant. I have decided to subsidise part of these costs from my margin, to keep your shipping fee as low as reasonably possible. This fee covers handling, very careful packing and shipping.

shipping

This means no unpleasant surprises when you confirm your order! 

Please note that these discounted shipping rates are calculated on the basis of a bulk shipment. If you do not confirm your delivery details promptly when the project closes, your order will unfortunately have to be processed manually at extra cost.

Shipping fees will be billed when the project has closed. At this stage, please pay only your pledge amount.

 

Terms for professionals

Special terms for professionals (book sellers, perfume stores, antiques dealers) Trade buyers:

If you are a perfume store manager, book seller or antiques dealer, you may be eligible for exclusive “Trade” options.
You will need to submit proof of your “trade” status.

By backing this project today, you will receive a discount of approximately 48% on the recommended retail price. This will be your only opportunity to purchase and resell this collector’s version. This version is exclusive to Kickstarter and subscription backers, and will never be republished.

You will also be able to purchase the standard, non-limited edition (if published) via your usual distribution networks, receiving your usual (undoubtedly less generous) discount, a few weeks after the end of the Kickstarter project.

 

About us

  • Jean-Michel Courset. I am the author of these guides and the project sponsor. As well as being a huge fan of these adorable little bottles, I am committed to cataloguing and preserving this heritage consisting of products for which even fragrance manufacturers often keep little archive material. This project also addresses collectors’ need for a comprehensive reference base, to help them value their collection and optimise their trades. Within the perfume miniature collecting community, I have been acknowledged as a subject specialist for many years. I have written the following published works (now out of print): 5000 Miniatures de Parfum (1997) 6000 Miniatures de Parfum (1998) 8000 Miniatures de Parfum (2001). The latter guide, published by Editions Milan in 2001, sold 15,000 copies and now commands very high prices on the used market (look it up on Ebay or Amazon.com). Feel free to read my profile to learn more about me.
  • Forum Cartes et Collections is the company publishing this project. I am its Managing Director. The company has been in business since 1987, reflecting our professionalism and offering you the assurance that the project, if funded, will be seen through to a successful conclusion. Forum Cartes et Collections is a mail order company with extensive international shipping experience. We work with capable logistics partners.
  • Jean-Claude Gelinier ranks among the world’s pre-eminent collectors; he contributed to this venture by providing access to his collection and photographs.

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Back this project

Whether you think recording the heritage formed over the years by the perfume-making and glassware trades is a worthy endeavour, or simply want to back this project, your support, however large or small the amount, means a lot. Please also let your friends and family know about the project. From €1

Livraison prévue : déc. 2017

Contribution de 15 € ou plus

Solo.

Slipcase only, without the books.
This offer includes any unlocked quality upgrades, but no other stretch goal rewards.

This reward does not include the books

 

Livraison prévue : déc. 2017
Destination : Dans le monde entier

Contribution de 43 € ou plus

Slipcase + “+2000” book

This reward includes the collector’s slipcase + the “2000” book + any unlocked quality upgrades, but no other stretch goal rewards. It does not include the “10000” book.

Comprend :

  • Empty slipcase
  • The book / Le livre “+2000 miniatures de parfum”
Livraison prévue : déc. 2017
Destination : Dans le monde entier

Contribution de 59 € ou plus

Slipcase + “10000” book

This reward includes the collector’s slipcase + the “10000” book + any unlocked quality upgrades, but no other stretch goal rewards. It does not include the “2000” book.

Comprend :

  • Empty slipcase
  • The book “10000 miniatures de parfum”
Livraison prévue : déc. 2017
Destination : Dans le monde entier

Contribution de 78 € ou plus

Very early Bird box set

Slipcase + “10000” book + “+2000” book + All unlocked stretch goal rewards. Price discount
+ Free worldwide shipping.

Comprend :

  • Empty slipcase
  • The book “+2000 miniatures de parfum”
  • The book “10000 miniatures de parfum”
  • All unlocked stretch goal rewards
  • Free worldwide shipping
Livraison prévue : déc. 2017
Destination : Dans le monde entier

Contribution de 78 € ou plus

Early Bird Box set

Slipcase + “10000” book + “2000” book + All unlocked stretch goal rewards.

Comprend :

  • Empty slipcase
  • The book “+2000 miniatures de parfum”
  • The book “10000 miniatures de parfum”
  • All unlocked stretch goal rewards
Livraison prévue : déc. 2017
Destination : Dans le monde entier

Contribution de 82 € ou plus

Box set

This reward includes the full box set: Slipcase (best unlocked version) + “2000” book + “10000” book + All unlocked stretch goal rewards.

Comprend :

  • Empty slipcase
  • The book “+2000 miniatures de parfum”
  • The book “10000 miniatures de parfum”
  • All unlocked stretch goal rewards
Livraison prévue : déc. 2017
Destination : Dans le monde entier

Contribution de 162 € ou plus

Double box set

This reward includes two box sets: 2 x slipcases (best unlocked version) + 2 x “2000” books + 2 x “10000” books + 2 x All unlocked stretch goal rewards. Pay only one shipping fee. Ideal for you and a friend.

Comprend :

  • 2x Empty slipcase
  • 2x The book “+2000 miniatures de parfum”
  • 2x The book “10000 miniatures de parfum”
  • 2x All unlocked stretch goal rewards
Livraison prévue : déc. 2017
Destination : Dans le monde entier

Contribution de 242 € ou plus

PRO 5 box sets

For book sellers, perfume stores, antique dealers (subject to proof of status). Total RRP: €460.
5 box sets (Slipcase + “10000” book + “2000” book + All unlocked stretch goal rewards).
Orders for multiple packs accepted.
Comprend :

  • Empty slipcase
  • The book “+2000 miniatures de parfum”
  • The book “10000 miniatures de parfum”
  • All unlocked stretch goal rewards
Livraison prévue : déc. 2017
Destination : worldwide
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