Adlai Ewing Stevenson: Wit and Wisdom . San Raphael, CA, Castle Baird Press, 1993. 2 5/8" x 2 1/8". [22 pp.]
COLOPHON: Compiled with an introduction by Jane Baird. Signed by Jane Baird, Susan Acker, and Mary McDermott. This book was designed, printed, and bound by Susan Acker and Mary McDermott at the Feathered Serpent Press in an edition of 75 copies, of which this is no.36 . Printed letterpress in 3 colors. Bound by hand in printed papers over boards with decorative endpapers.
Andrews, Byron. Facts About the Candidate (Theodore Roosevelt) . Chicago, IL, Sam Stone, 1904. 2 1/8" x 1 3/4". 200 pp.
Illustrated by A.J. Klapp. Colored paper. Portrait of Roosevelt on front cover. Other editions printed in German, Hebrew, and Danish to appeal to foreign-born voters.
Austone, Lionel. Liberty Enlightening the World . Santa Ana, CA, Gold Stein Press, 1986. 2 5/8" x 2 1/8". 33 pp.
COLOPHON: One hundred and forty-two copies, each with a .999 fine silver medallion set into the cover, forty-two of which are 22K gold plated, the silver, numbered 1887 to 1986, the years of the centennial, the gold, numbered 1986-I to 1986-XLII were printed from six point Garamont type on Mohawk superfine paper at the Ampersand Workshop, Fullerton, CA, and bound by Bela Blau, Los Angeles, CA, for the Gold Stein Press. This is 1986-V. Signed by William Voss, Bela Blau, and Lionel Austone . Bound in weathered-copper blue-green cloth on boards, bright copper-stamped, with decorative endpapers. Two gold copies are laid in custom clamshell boxes along with a 1986 proof U.S. Mint 3-coin set containing a Liberty Gold $5, Silver $1, and 1/2 dollar.
Barnum, Phineas Taylor. Barnum's Secrets . Salisbury, CT, Lime Rock Press, 1985. 2 5/8" x 2 1/4". 61 pp.
COLOPHON: The text for this volume was excerpted from P.T. Barnum's autobiography Struggles and Triumphs (1876). Published by Lime Rock Press in 1985. The text is set by computerized photocomposition in 6 point Palatino Roman at Camp Hill, PA, and printed by offset lithography at Ann Arbor, MI, on 60 pound acid-free Warren's "66" natural wove paper. The cover drawing of Barnum's American Museum on Broadway between Fulton and Ann Streets is based on a contemporary 1853 wood engraving in Harper's Weekly Magazine . Bound with hand-colored drawing by Catryna Ten Eyck.
Barrington, Lois Hall. Yankee Peddler . Milbury, MA:, John L. Boulette, 1962. 2 7/8" x 2". 27 pp.
COLOPHON: Two years, in its completion. Due to being a Private Hobby Printer. This book of the press was started in the spring of 1962, and is now finish this day, Feb. 25th, 1964. 300 copies of this miniature have been printed from hand set foundry type, and was hand sewed and bound. This is book 140 . French-fold. Bound in red composition.
Brown, Henry Collins. Old New York . New York, Valentine Manual Press, 1922. 3 1/2" x 2 9/16". 228 pp.
Collins is editor of Valentine's Manual of Old New York. This is No. 3 of a series of Tarry at Home travels in which an intimate glimpse is given of the chief cities in our country. "Old Brooklyn" and "Old Younkers" are now in press. Illustrations. Black leather cover.
Cunningham, Carol. Kachinas . Mill Valley, CA, Sunflower Press, 1980. 2 1/2" x 2 7/8". [28 pp.]
COLOPHON: Carol Cunningham designed and printed this little volume at Sunflower Press. Printed on Curtis Rag paper using handset Optima type. From an edition of 125 this is copy 47. Signed by Carol Cunnigham. Printed in two colors. Illustrations of ten kachinas were drawn by Dianne Weiss . Bound in imported Italian Fabriano paper over boards.
Dallas in 1873: An Invitation to Immigrants . Dallas, TX, Stone-Inge Books, 1980. 2 13/16" x 2". 26 pp.
Endsheet illustrations. Cloth. Text of a poster inviting settlers to Dallas.
Ellison, Frank. A Journal of a Trip Down East, August 1858 . Dallas, TX, Somesuch Press, 1981. 2 3/4" x 3 1/16". 60 pp.
COLOPHON: 200 copies of this book, signed by the printer and the publisher, have been printed by the Meriden Gravure Company in Meriden, CT, of which this is number 61 . Signed by Steven Stinehour and Stanley Marcus. Paper covers. A facsimile in gravure of a rare American miniature.
Ford, Gerald R. Global Stability . Northridge, CA, Lord John Press, 1981. 2 1/4" x 3". 40 pp.
COLOPHON: Limited to four hundred numbered copies and one hundred copies specially bound, all of which have been signed by the author. Designed and printed by the Castle Press. Binding by Bela Blau. The type is Linotype Trump Medieval with handset American Uncial, and the paper is Warren's Old Style. This is number 37 of 400 . Signed by Gerald Ford. First edition of an address by Gerald Ford at Quebec on September 8, 1980. With leather spine, gilt title and marbled paper boards.
Goforth, Joy. Symbol of America: An American Indian Liberty . Dallas, TX, Somesuch Press, 1986. 2 3/4" x 2". 32 pp.
COLOPHON: Signed by Stanley Marcus. This book was printed on Crane's bank note currency paper, used for the first time in a book. Endpaper decorations are taken from Longacre coins and coin designs. This book was designed and printed letterpress by Susan Acker at the Feathered Serpent Press. Of 275 copies this is number 24 . Also signed by Susan Acker. The genesis of the United States Indian Head penny, first commissioned in 1856 and the identity of the model who posed for the "head" of this coin. Bound in Iris Green cloth with an Indian Head penny inset into the front cover.
Haley, W.D. Johnny Appleseed: A Pioneer Hero . New Port Richey, FL, Clearview Press, 1994. 3" x 2". 50 pp.
COLOPHON: 195 copies of the saga of "Johnny Appleseed" as told by W.D. Haley were printed and bound in New Port Richey, FL, by Don Brady. The 6 pt Times Roman linotype was set by the Superior Composition Co. of Baltimore, MD, and printed on a 7 x 11 press at the Clearview Press. The five cent stamp used on the frontispiece, one in the American Folklore series, issued by the U.S. Postal Department, September 24, 1966. This is number 37 . Signed by Don Brady. Handbound in beige cloth with title over design of a large red apple with the figures of the subject superimposed in black on the front of the apple.
Hiemstra, Marvin R. Golden Gate Treasure . San Francisco, CA, Juniper von Phitzer Press, 1987. 2 1/2" x 2 7/8". 73 pp.
COLOPHON: Title pages: Greeting monotone, 10 pt. Text, Sections, colophon: Bodoni Book, 8 pt. Initials: Modernistic, 30 pt. Cuts: Mostly Old. Binding by La Reliure d'Art du Centre, Limoges, France. Designed, handset, letterpress printed, and watercolored by Juniper von Phitzer, 1987. Signed by him. Edition of 150, this volume 10 . Bound in pale gray leather in an orange sleeve, marbled endpapers.
Jefferson, Thomas. Letters of Thomas Jefferson . Tilton, NH, Hillside Press, 1975. 2 3/8" x 2". 82 pp.
COLOPHON: This edition limited to 250 numbered copies of which this is number 210. Signed by Frank Irwin. The text for this book was set by hand in 6 pt. Bulmer Roman type and printed at The Hillside Press in the month of April 1975 . Bound in blue leather with gold-stamping on cover and spine.
Joynes, J. William. Kitty Knight: Heroine of Georgetown . Baltimore, MD, Xavier Press, 1994. 2 1/4" x 3". 16 pp.
COLOPHON: The text of this book is set in 8 pt. Linotype Caledonia. Headings are handset in Murray Hill Bold with legends and COLOPHON in 6 pt. Bulmer. Designing, typesetting, and printing on a 6 x 9 Baltimore No.14 handpress by F.X. Harrigan at the Xavier Press. Printed in a limited edition of 160 copies. Linotype set by the Superior Composition Company. Binding by Don Brady . No.14. Signed by Francis X. Harrigan. Bound in white synthetic. With three illustrations.
Kennedy, John F. Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy . Los Angeles,CA, Bela Blau, 1965. 1 5/8" x 1 5/16". 47 pp.
COLOPHON: 1000 numbered copies. Copy number 158. Handset, printed, and bound by Bela Blau . Printed entirely on vellum. Lettered in gold. Each page gilt-ruled and the copy number gold-stamped. In vellum binding and slipcase.
Kennedy, John F. Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy . Los Angeles, CA, Bela Blau, 1965. 1 5/8" x 1 1/4". 47 pp.
COLOPHON: In a slipcase with Lincoln. 1000 copies. Copy number 954. Handset, printed and bound by Bela Blau. Distributed by Dawson's Book Shop in Los Angeles . Photograph of Kennedy as frontispiece. Blue leather, gold-stamped cover and spine.
Lincoln, Abraham. The Gettysburg Address . Los Angeles, CA, Bela Blau, 1963. 1 5/8" x 1 1/4". 17 pp.
COLOPHON: In a slipcase with Kennedy. 1000 copies. Copy number 954. Handset, printed and bound by Bela Blau. Distributed by Dawson's Book Shop in Los Angeles . With a photograph of Lincoln as frontispiece. Red leather, gold-stamped cover and spine.
Logan, Herschel C. Little Portraits of Famous Americans . Santa Ana, CA, Log-Anne Press, 1973. 2 5/8" x 2 1/8". [78 pp.]
COLOPHON: Signed by Herschel C. Logan. For the steel die processing, Anthony F. "Tony" Kroll. For binding the books, Bela Blau. For the book's distribution, Dawson's Book Shop. Edition limited to 250 copies, of which this is 188 . Leather with gilt titles. With portraits of 32 American heroes.
Presidents of the United States . Los Angeles, CA, Bela Blau, 1986. 2 5/16" x 1 5/8". [88 pp.]
COLOPHON: Handset, printed by Bela Blau. Bound by Bela and Mariana Blau . With 36 postage stamps of the past presidents and similar stickers for those who are still alive. Bound in red leather with white slipcase. Bookplate of Stanley Marcus.
Quotable Women: A Collection of Shared Thoughts . Philadelphia, PA, Running Press, 1989. 3 3/8" x 2 7/8". [94 pp.]
COLOPHON: This book has been bound using handcraft methods, and Smythe-sewn to ensure durability. The dust jacket was designed by Toby Schmidt and illustrated by Barbara Giles. The interior was designed by Judith Barbour Osborne. The quotes were set in Zapf Chancery, and the attributions were set in Triumvirate Thin by Commcor Communications Corporations, Philadelphia, PA. Printed in Singapore.
Schlatzlein, John H. Stars and Stripes . 2 vol. John H. Schlatzlein, 1977. 2 5/8" x 2".
COLOPHON: This two volume set is limited to 500 copies which this is copy no.77. Typography by B.D.S. Publishing and binding by J.H.S. Signed by John H. Schlatzlein . Bound in blue simulated leather, title printed in red on the front cover. Published in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Flag Resolution, June 14, 1777.
Von Phitzer, Juniper. A Harvest for Thanksgiving . San Francisco, CA, Juniper von Phitzer Press, 1986. 2 3/8" x 2 7/8". 93 pp.
COLOPHON: The First Thanksgiving-1621: Wedding Text, 8 point. The National Bird-1784: Bodoni Book, 8 point. The 1863 Presidential Proclamation: Greeting Monotone, 10 point. The Champion for Thanksgiving: Franklin Gothic, 6 point. Thanksgiving-1947: Craw Modern, 6 point. A Thanksgiving Day Menu-1887: Century Expanded Italics, 4 point. A Thanksgiving Poem: Quincy Calgles Italics, 5 point. Content, Titles, colophon: Lightline Gothic, 8 point. Designed, Handset, and Letterpress Printed by Juniper von Phitzer and signed by him. Edition of 125 copies, this is volume 31 . Illustrated with antique cuts in color and handbound in dark-chocolate leather with the spine, all edges, front and back cover in gold.
Weber, Msgr. Francis J. Hollywood . San Fernando, CA, Junipero Serra Press, 1981. 3" x 2 1/8". 18 pp.
COLOPHON: 300 copies of this book have been printed by the Junipero Serra Press, San Fernando, CA. Title page by Anthony Kroll. Designed by Francis Braun . Signed by Francis J. Weber. Bound in red leather with the title decoration in gilt on front cover. Title page in red and black, all edges are gilt. The story of Hollywood, the world's biggest sign, first erected in 1923 and rebuilt in 1978.
Weber, Msgr. Francis J. Wendell Willkie: A Personal Memoir . San Fernando, CA, Junipero Serra Press, 1993. 2 3/4" x 2 3/8". 31 pp.
COLOPHON: This book was designed, printed, and bound by Susan Acker and Mary McDermott at the Feathered Serpent, San Rafael, CA, in an edition of 125 copies. This is no.17 . Signed by Acker and McDermott. Endpapers printed with reduced multiple stamps of Willkie, a 75-cent Willkie stamp as frontispiece with illustrations printed in three colors. Printed paper label.
White, Robert W. History of the Cadiz Short Line Railroad . Chicago, IL, Black Cat Press, 1966. 3" x 2 1/8". 78 pp.
COLOPHON: Edited, with additional text by Norman W. Forgue. Linotype Times Roman in the six pt size on eight pt body was used for this volume. Commercial Script and Jim Crow for headings. The text was printed direct from type by letterpress and illustrations produced by offset lithography. After printing, sheets were scored, folded by hand to insure perfect lineup of all pages. Bound in full leather by hand in the California studio of Bela Blau. Design and typography by Norman W. Forgue.
Adams, Maryline Poole. Christmas Alphabet . Berkeley, CA, Poole Press, 1984. 2" x 1 1/2". 27 pp.
COLOPHON: This alphabet was printed from linoleum blocks designed cut, hand-printed, and hand-bound by Maryline Poole Adams. Of 100 copies, this is no. 10 . Signed by Maryline Poole Adams. Bound accordion-fold Japanese-style, displaying beautiful linoleum block illustrations, hand-colored alternately in red and green. The book folds into covers of moss green and rose patterned velvet, tied with velvet ribbon. Designed letterpress on Mohawk Artemis. Accordion-fold.
Barahal, Rachel. A Jugendstil Alphabet . San Rafael, CA, Quail Hill Press, 1982. 1 15/16" x 1 15/16". 28 pp.
COLOPHON: Handset, hand bound, and printed on a 1905 Golding Pearl letterpress. Made by Rachel Barahal at the Quail Hill Press. 100 copies. No 29 . Signed by Rachel Barahal. Hand-colored initials, printed boards. The Jugendstil alphabet, created in the early 1900's as the German counterpart of Art Noveau, was a delicate, linear style - one which often contained fairy tale-like imagery.
Flower Talk . Bristol, England, Lilliput Press, 1986. 1" x 1". 26 pp.
COLOPHON: Illustrated by A. Clements. First edition limited to 55 copies. This is number 14 . Signed by Allan Armstrong. Each page bears a listing of flower names under each letter of the alphabet. With hand-colored flowers on each page and the title page. Accordion-fold. Bound in maroon cloth with a strap fastening, gold title on the spine and an embossed design on the front cover. Accordion-fold.
Gorey, Edward. The Eclectic Abecedarium . Boston, MA, Anne and David Bromer, 1983. 1 1/8" x 1 5/16".[61 pp.]
COLOPHON: This first edition is limited to 400 copies. Of these 100 are hand-colored, 80 of which are for sale. Darrell Hyder printed the book and it was bound by Barbara Blumenthal . This is copy 39. Signed by Edward Gorey. Accordion-fold.
Helbert, Clifford L. Ecce Littera . vol. I. Milwaukee, WI, Clifford L. Helbert, 1987. 2 1/8" x 7/16". 32 pp.
COLOPHON: Legend was designed by F.H.E. Schneidler and was published in 1937 by Bauer types. Alternate caps for A, B, D, E, F, H, L, R, S, T, and a diphthong Th exist but are not shown. Of the limited number of copies of this specimen shown on its 50th anniversary, this is copy number 23. Published by C.L. Helbert . Accordion-fold, cloth covers.
Moore, Suzanne. A Transplanted New England Gardener's Alphabetical Delirium ABC . Ashfield, MA, Anne and David Bromer, 1986. 2 1/2" x 1 7/8". 21 pp.
COLOPHON: Dreamt and desired in the wee hours of spring 1985. The edition of 26 completed in the winter of the following year . This is letter C. A twenty-panel panorama with each letter of the alphabet represented by the calligraphied name of a flower, all done in a rainbow of colors highlighted with gold. Sewn into bright, silk-covered boards and housed in a paper chemise tied with a green ribbon.
Petty, G. Harvey. Alphabet Sentences: Scribal Art Through Sixteen Centuries . Skokie, IL, Black Cat Press, 1978. 2 3/4" x 2 1/8". 29 pp.
COLOPHON: Design/Calligraphy: G. Harvey Petty. Stripping: Willem Muns. Presswork: Larry DeVera. Paper: Strathmore Pastelle. Binding: Bela Blau. Production: Norman W. Forgue . Edition of 249 copies. Tipped-in fold-out chart. Bound by hand with hand-drawn decorative endsheets, in two colors. Front cover and spine stamped in gold. Researched treatise featuring the alphabet over the ages. Each page consists of a sentence using all of the letters of the alphabet.
Von Phitzer, Juniper. A Latin Abecedarian . San Francisco, CA, Juniper von Phitzer Press, 1985. 2 3/8" x 2 7/8". [62 pp.]
COLOPHON: Handset and printed. Large letters: Wood, 72 pt. Medium letters: Pagoda Bold, 18 pt. Small letters: Schoolbook, 6 pt. Illustrations: Antique and New Cuts. Total edition: 225. This volume: 1 . Signed by Juniper von Phitzer. With Latin quotations and English translations and many illustrations including a 1985 calendar. Printed in three colors. Bound in maroon leather with a large gold A on the front cover and a large gold Z on the back cover with the title on the spine.
Weiss, Dianne. A Whimsical French Alphabet. Mill Valley, CA, Figment Press, 1983. 2" x 2 1/2". [36 p.]
COLOPHON: This book was etched and handcolored by Dianne Weiss in an edition of fifty numbered copies. Number 16 . Signed by Dianne Weiss. Etched with aquatint, printed intaglio and hand-colored. Originally lithographed in the 19th century. Paper-bound with a colored label.
Yarnell, Jim. B Is For Broadway: ABC's for Printers . Wichita, KS, Oak Park Press, 1988. 2 7/8" x 2 3/8". [58 pp.]
COLOPHON: This book has been set in Linotype Dominante and printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine stock. Edition is limited to 200 copies, of which this is no. 26 . Signed by Jim Yarnell. Printed in various colors over an ochre tint block. Bound in Yale blue Hollistone Kevston over boards. Printed endpapers. Cover and spine stamped in gold and metallic green foil. Designed and produced by Jim Yarnell.
Holy Bible, Genesis, King James Version . Japan, Toppan Printing Company, Ltd., 1965. 1 3/8" x 1 3/8". 24 pp.
COLOPHON: The world's smallest book. The Toppan Printing Company takes pleasure in presenting its Toppan Microbook version of the Holy Bible. This tiny edition of the first book of Moses, called Genesis, of King James version of Holy Bible is the product of Toppan's newly developed micro-printing process. Our Microbook, 0.138 inches square by 0.04 inches thick, and weighing 0.035 ounces, contains 24 pages with about 45 words to the page, the type used is 0.005 inches high or the equivalent of 0.34 point, and its stem is 0.0010 inches, or about one-third the diameter of a human hair. This unique process calls for the use of a famous Japanese ultra-high resolution lens to take a camera proof of a phototype-proof original. The original idea to use Holy Bible as our initial English production came from the Tokyo Lincoln Book Center, who is sponsoring this book . Red paper binding With micro book in plastic case with magnifying glass.
I Love You . Munich, Graphische Fachhandlung, Waldman and Pfitzner, 1964. 1/4" x 1/4". [16 pp.]
In nine languages. Bound in red morocco leather with gilt tooling and heart in plexiglass box with built-in magnifying glass.
Ivory egg with five minute ivory dice hiramaki-e. (Japanese, early-twentieth century). 5/8" in height and 1/2" in diameter.
Low-relief picture lacquer. A tiny ivory egg decorated with a hand-painted scene of two chickens, in gold, touched with red and brown. In the hollow of the egg, which opens by unscrewing, are five extremely tiny ivory dice with the spots painted in red and black. A metal loop at the top of the egg makes it suitable for use as a charm on necklace or bracelet.
The Lord's Prayer . Munich, Graphische Fachhandlung, Waldman and Pfitzner, 1964. 1/4" x 1/4". [16 pp.]
In seven languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish. American Version. Waldman Offset printing. At the time of publication, this was the world's smallest printed book. The content of the book was engraved on a metal plate from which the individual letters were cast. With plexiglass box which includes magnifying glass. Black leather with gilt cross.
The Lord's Prayer . Tokyo, Toppan Printing Company, 1981. 1.4mm x 1.4mm. 10 pp.
COLOPHON: Size of letter types 0.8mm high line wide 0.015mm. Printed in October of 1980 . Edition of 200 regular copies for sale and a deluxe edition of 50 copies. In leather case, micro book.
The Oath of Freedom . Munich, Graphische Fachhandlung, Waldman and Pfitzner, 1964. 1/4" x 1/4". [16 pp.]
Bound in full black morocco leather decorated with freedom bell in gilt on front cover. In seven languages. In plexiglass box with a built-in magnifying glass, in white plastic box with red velvet lining. Lincoln's oath of freedom was signed by 17 million Americans on the occasion of the American gift of the "Freedom Bell" to the City of Berlin.
Old King Cole . Paisley, Scotland, Gleniffer Press, 1985. Sizes vary from 0.9 to 1.25 mm. 12 pp.
Number 33 of 85 copies. Recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the "smallest book in the world" in 1985. The book itself is mounted on a display card inside crystal clear box. Uncut sheets of Old King Cole mounted in crystal clear box. Certified copy of Guinness Book of Records Certificate issued by Glennifer Press, numbered and signed by Ian MacDonald, printer. Gilt edge display card to be used in library exhibitions. The book is printed using offset lithographic mechanical technology. The paper is the finest 22 g.s.m. English paper. The print area on each page, 12 pages, is under 1 mm. square. This press holds two world records for Old King Cole and Three Blind Mice. In original box.
Thompson, Eben Francis. The Rose Garden of Omar Khayyam . Worcester, MA, Commonwealth Press, 1932. 1/4" x 15/16".
Edition of 250 copies, by subscription only. At the time of publication this was the smallest book printed in the world. It still ranks as the smallest book printed in the United States Includes four related items: Rose Garden of Omar Khayyam with a preface explaining the volume, bound in crimson morocco, a miniature book in it's own right, 1 13/16" x 1 1/2, The Mother Book of the Rose Garden identical to the miniature volume above but larger in size, 5 7/8" x 5", A Thimbleful of Books by Eben Francis Thompson, an account of small books in all ages, 8 3/4" x 5 3/4"; and a small magnifying glass mounted in brass.
Three Blind Mice . Paisley, Scotland, Gleniffer Press, 1978. 2.1 mm x 2.1 mm. 15 pp.
No. 26 of 45 copies. The smallest letterpress printed book in the world (1978 Guinness Book of Records. Boxed. By Ian MacDonald and wife Helen, engineer with CAA at Glasgow Airport. 4 pt boxhead Gothic type imported from American typesetters engraved on nylon print block mounted type high, printed by hand letterpress on fine white paper. Sheets cut with sharp scalpel, glued to case one at a time using dental tweezers trimmed to size and title mounted in front, a x10 magnifier needed to read.
Toppan Micro Trio . Tokyo, Toppan Printing Company, 1979-80.
Edition of 100 sets. Set includes: Birth Stone (red sheepskin binding, ca. 50 characters a page), Language of Flowers (blue), and The Zodiacal Signs and Their Symbols (brown). Three micro books enclosed in a bookshaped case covered with green leather, gilt-stamped. With three mother books and a brass magnifying glass attached to a short chain.