ROBERT E. MASSMANN
Massmann, C. Ernest. Adventures of the Flighty Old Woman . New Britain, CT, Robert E. Massmann, 1966. 2 3/4" x 2 1/4".
COLOPHON: Edition limited to 500. This is copy no. 443. Typography and binding by R.E.M. Lithographed at Central Connecticut State College. Drawn by C. Ernest Massmann . Accordion-fold. Miniature pictorial telescopic piece, unfolding downward in one continuous strip. Some plates hand-colored.
Massmann, Robert E. Dard Hunter Doll House . New Britain, CT, Robert E. Massmann, n.d.
A model of Dard Hunter's paper mill at Lime Rock, CT. Covered with handmade paper, unfinished, from the last lot produced at the mill. It was purchased in 1928, and closed in 1931. In 1955 it was completely destroyed by a flood. Hand-painted. In a slipcase are Dard Hunter: Miscellaneous Thoughts and Reflections, Volume 1. In the shape of a mill, the mill hand-painted. Compiled by Robert E. Massmann, New Britain, CT, 1984. Publication, design, typography, layout carpentry, and hand-coloring by Massmann and signed by him. Printed at Art Press. Limited to 100 copies. Leatherette spine; hand-colored pictorial label, hand-sewn. Also Dard Hunter: Thoughts and Grist from the Hunter's Mill. In the shape of a circle. Each half opens. One side contains sample of handmade "antique-laid" paper produced in 1930 at the Lime Rock Mill.
Massmann, Robert E. Do You Have a Match? New Britain, CT, Robert E. Massmann, 1988. 1" x 5/8". 22 pp.
COLOPHON: Conceived and executed by R.E.M. Printed at Art Press. I am an inveterate collector. One of my failings is matches; (books and boxes - complete with their matches). Do You Have a Match? In full leatherette with printed label, housed in a match book (with matches). No other publisher dares provide matches with his books! 300 copies . In three parts: The book which is removable from a match cover housed in a match box. Maroon leatherette with paper label. The match cover is 1 7/8" x 1 1/2" closed, red cover stock with paper label above striker which reads: "Thee Just Met Thy Match: Bob the Bewildered Bookmaker". Eleven paper matches with two colored heads. The match box is 2 1/8" x 1 5/8". Two colored head matches laid in the bottom of the box with a printed label reading: "From Ye Cooking Fires to Thy Funeral Pyres Thou Needest Me More Than I Thee."
Massmann, Robert E. World War Ration Book . New Britain, CT, R.E.M., 1979. 2" x 1 1/4". [10 pp.]
COLOPHON: Printed at Art Press. Published by R.E.M., New Britain, CT . No. 96 of 500 signed by Massmann. In double slipcase. With twelve genuine WWII ration stamps and a second book, an essay on Consumer Rationing in World War II (2" x 1 1/4"; 20 pp.) by Massmann. The second bound in red paper with white printed labels. Slipcase has brown label reduced photocopy of ration book cover.
THE BRONTE PRESS
The Bronte Castle Alphabet . The Bronte Press, 1981. 1" x 7/8". [58 pp.]
COLOPHON: Handset in 10 point Caslon Oldstyle. Edition of 100 copies . Miniature alphabet book illustrated with original wood engravings by Elmira Wilkey. Designed to fit into a walnut shell. In presentation container.
De La Rue, Louise. The Cardboard Court . Mill Valley, CA, Figment Press, 1987. 3 1/8" x 2 1/4". [40 pp.]
COLOPHON: This book was designed, typeset, and printed on Shadow Mould paper and handbound by Dianne Weiss. Of an edition of 65, this is copy number 17 . Signed by Dianne Weiss. Illustrations printed in color, red cloth. Enclosed in a "playing card box". A colorful book on the names and symbols of the kings, queens, and knaves on playing cards from the middle ages to the present.
GOLD STEIN PRESS
Bradbury, Ray. Long After Ecclesiastes: New Biblical Texts . Santa Ana, CA, Gold Stein Press, 1985. 2 3/4" x 2 5/8". 19 pp.
COLOPHON: This edition of Ray Bradbury's “Long After Ecclesiastes” was designed, printed, and bound by D'Ambrosio exclusively for the Gold Stein Press, using 8 pt. Centaur type, Rives paper, and printed on a Vandercook No.3 proof press; colors by serigraphy. This is copy 32 of 75 copies and 10 artist proofs . Signed by Ray Bradbury. Embossed illustrations and colors by serigraphy, foil, and leather binding. Signed by D'Ambrosio on last embossed illustration. In marbled paper slipcase.
THE GOOD BOOK PRESS
Aesop. The Old Man and Death . Santa Cruz, CA, The Good Book Press, 1986. 3" x 2 1/2". [8 pp.]
COLOPHON: Handset, printed on Peter's paper & bound in an edition of 200 copies. No. 1-25 are printed on vellum. This is copy 25 . Retold by Peter. Cuts by Donna Thomas. This is the only copy with a hand-painted front cover and back cover made of pine trees. Title in gold on spine. In gray slipcase with design.
Collection of works (29 titles) published by J. R. Levien Miniature, Enkhuizen, Holland. Housed in bookcase designed and crafted by Levien.
JOSEPH J. D'AMBROSIO
D'Ambrosio, Joseph J. The Little Sand Crab . Sherman Oaks, CA, Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, 1981. 2 7/8" x 2 3/8". [38 pp.]
COLOPHON: This edition has been set in Bulmer and printed on Ingres Oyster paper. This is copy number 7 of 75 copies and 10 artist proofs . Signed and numbered by D'Ambrosio, with red cloth cover with an opening on the front cover half-covered by a sun's rays through which one can see the Cockerell endpapers. With name and author printed on spine. Housed in a black slipcase with a narrow diagonal cut-out.
LIME ROCK PRESS
Thoughts from the Cork; Whimsy for the Wine Lover . Salisbury, CT, Lime Rock Press, 1981. 1 3/4" x 7/8". 28 pp.
A collection of sayings by famous people about the pitfalls and pleasures of the grape. Printed in miniature format, using the two halves of a wine cork as covers. Comes in clear plastic box for safekeeping and display.
PRESS OF THE GRIM REAPER
Hamilton, William. Come Into My Parlour . 2 vol. Austin, TX, Press of the Grim Reaper, 1993. 2 13/16" x 2 1/2".
COLOPHON: Printed and bound by hand at The Press of the Grim Reaper, Zachary Kent, Proprietor. Of one hundred numbered copies bound in cloth and twenty-six lettered copies bound in Nigerian goatskin, this is copy K and copy 30. Signed by Zachary Kent. Letterpress printed in Cochin types on Rives. One hundred numbered copies bound in cloth with black foil scarab are for sale at $8 postpaid. Twenty-six deluxe lettered copies in full leather are available at $25 . Both housed in clothbound clamshell box.
QUAIL HILL PRESS
The Unquiet Grave . San Rafael, CA, Quail Hill Press, 1983. 2 1/8" x 2 3/4". [16 pp.]
COLOPHON: This book was designed, printed, and hand bound by Rachel Barahal at the Quail Hill Press. Printed on 7 x 11 Golding Heart letterpress, with hand-set Cochin type and French Arches paper, in an edition of 100 copies . This is no.8. Signed by Rachel Barahal. An English ballad illustrated with linoleum cuts designed by the artist-printer Rachel Barahal. Colorful border ornaments. Unique binding of a specifically designed cloth spine with printed paper over boards.
Arachne . Austin, TX, Tarantula Press, 1993. 3" x 2 1/2". 21 pp.
COLOPHON: This book was printed and bound by the proprietress at Susannah Kent's Tarantula Press. Of one hundred numbered copies bound in cloth and twenty-six lettered copies bound in Nigerian goatskin, this is copy S. Signed by Susannah Kent, Austin, TX, Autumnal Equinox, 1993 . Adapted from Tales from Greek Mythology by Katherine Pyle, London, 1928. The blue cover is decorated with a silver spider's web and pink, yellow, and white flowers with gold centers and green leaves. In a clamshell box of purple cloth over boards.
TABULA RASA PRESS
Gans, Lydia. Madam Pirate . Morro Bay, CA, Tabula Rasa Press, 1982. 2 1/2" x 2". 96 pp.
COLOPHON: The type used for these books is Cloister; the paper is Permalife, an acid-free archival stock. The material covering the outside and inside wrap is leather. Some of the illustrations, the book design, and the printing were done by John Lathourakis. Composition by William Stollar. The bookbinding is by Gizella Lathourakis. Of an edition of 350 copies this is copy no. 19 . Initialed by J.P.L. Bound in leather wrapper. Leather is black with gold stamping on front and back panels and with a gold-metal device to keep the wrapper closed. Twelve illustrations are all hand-colored.
Lathourakis, John Peter. Pegasus . Morro Bay, CA, Tabula Rasa Press, 1986. 1 1/2" x 1 7/8". 25 pp.
COLOPHON: The type for this book is 4 point Century composed on the Linotype. Printed on archival paper and hand bound, the edition is limited to 150 copies, of which this is number 34 . Initialed by J.P.L. Black leather, gilt-stamped. Boxed with metal figure of Pegasus.
Mount, Robert. Scrimshaw History . Morro Bay, CA, Tabula Rasa Press, 1986. 1 7/8" x 1 3/8". 39 pp.
COLOPHON: The scrimshaw work on the cover was done by the author on ivory. It depicts the Pride of Baltimore a topsail schooner sunk in a freak storm in 1986 off the coast of Puerto Rico. The ship was a precursor to the China clippers. The type for this book is 4 pt. Schoolbook (Linotype). The paper is Curtis Ragston. The cover is leather. The edition is limited to just 100 copies of which this is copy no. 74 . Signed by Robert Massmann. Illustrated. Blue leather with ivory plaque. The ivory used is an ivory piano key about one hundred years old.
Poe, Edgar Allen. The Raven . Morro Bay, CA, Tabula Rasa Press, 1985. 2 5/8" x 3 1/8". 38 pp.
COLOPHON: The type used in this book is Palatino and was composed on the Linotype. Printed on Rives Heavyweight, a Mouldmade, 100-percent rag sheet made in France. Printed on a hand-fed proof press. Two different leather skins were used to produce the book. The endpapers were printed from drawings created for this book. In an edition of 300 copies, this is number 51 . Signed by John Lathourakis. Illustrations by Max Taylor. Black leather with inlaid design of a raven. Dedicated "For the Dawson's, the best bookmen of them all."
Pepys Pops Up . Berkeley, CA, Poole Press, 1986. Book: 3" x 2 1/2". [12 pp.] Box: 3 3/4" x 3 1/4" x 1 1/2".
COLOPHON: Designed, engineered, letterpress, printed, assembled, and hand-bound by Maryline Poole Adams in an edition of 40 copies of which this is no.3 . Signed by Maryline Poole Adams. Moving events from the Diary of Samuel Pepys, Esq. Bound in red leather with an ingenious button clasp of metal. On the front of the binding is a smaller red leather book under the strap with a pop-up title page. It is encased in black wooden box with a hand-colored lid which slides out with a scene of London 1660 portrayed. Box is painted black and has a label on the spine.
Punch and Judy: The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy . Berkeley, CA, Poole Press, 1988. 2 7/8" x 2". [16 pp.]
COLOPHON: Punch and Judy was designed, engineered, letterpress printed, and handbound by Maryline Poole Adams. The script and illustration (and aberrant spellings) were adapted from C.H. Grandgent and G. Cruikshank, respectively. Of an edition limited to 45 copies, this is no.8, signed by Maryline Poole Adams . A movable book. Text and illustrations are adaptations from an original Punch and Judy script recorded in the 19th century by C.H. Grandagent, with George Cruikshank drawings. Book resembles a puppet theatre. Each page is die-cut, with moveable characters performing such atrocities as throwing Baby out the window, hanging the hangman, etc. Bound in full black morocco, the book fits into a black morocco case with a red and gold stage, a curtain which, when raised, reveals Punch through die-cut front cover. Case is lined with printed papers which represent the inside, "backstage" of a 19th century portable puppet theatre. Brass hinged closures on both case and book.
Shoes, Hats, and Bags . Berkeley, CA, Poole Press, 1988. 1 1/2" x 1". 26 pp. each.
COLOPHON: Designed, handset, printed and bound by Maryline Poole Adams, in an edition limited to 50 copies of which this is number 4 . Signed by Maryline Poole Adams. Three alphabet books colorfully illustrate an amazing array of shoes, hats and bags: an Almoner, an Ugly, and Poulaines, for example. Three volumes fit in an open slipcase. Books and case bound in beautiful contrasting Poole Press marbled papers. Each volume contains over 26 hand-colored illustrations.
Lawson-Hall, Claire and Muriel Mallows. Wytham Stream . Kennington, Oxford, Alembic Press, 1993. 2 7/8" x 2 1/2".
COLOPHON: A limited and numbered edition of 70 copies hand set in 8 pt. Craw Clarendon and printed on Barcham Green handmade paper at the Alembic Press. Etchings by Muriel Mallows and text by Claire Lawson-Hall who also did the binding. Nos.1-10 with extra set of prints . Accordion-fold. This copy is No. 50. Designed, letterpress printed, and bound by Claire Lawson-Hall. Illustrated with copper etchings by Muriel Mallows that are hand-printed and colored.
Scholder, Fritz. Random Thoughts and Memories . Scottsdale, AZ, ARC Press, 1979. 2 1/8" x 3/4". 22 pp.
COLOPHON: The Buffalo Room edition of this book is limited to 100 copies, numbered and signed and with an original lithograph laid in. Printed at the Stinehour Press . Number 56 of 100. Signed by Scholder. Handsomely bound in leather with an attractive marbled slipcase. This is the first miniature book by Scholder.
Rubin, Cynthia Elyce. Shaker Herbs . Northampton, MA, Catawba Press, 1984. 2 3/8" x 2 3/4". 37 pp.
COLOPHON: One hundred and fifty-five copies of this book were designed and bound by Barbara B. Blumenthal at the Catawba Press, Northampton, MA. The essay is an excerpt from "Shaker Industries", which appeared in The Clarion (Fall 1979), reprinted with the permission of the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City. Cynthia Rubin conceived the idea for this book. The medicinal properties of the herbs are reprinted with the author's permission from Shaker Herbs by Amy Bess Miller, President of Hancock Shaker Village, Inc. the type is Bulmer, composed by Golgonooza Letter Foundry; the paper is Rives. Presswork is by Ban Keleher of Wild Carrot Letterpress. "#52" . With four original herb labels tipped in as illustrations. Each is printed on a different color paper.
Youtz, Philip Newell. Journey by Pony Cart . New York, Johnnycake Press, 1985. 3" x 2 1/2". [38 pp.]
COLOPHON: Printed on Curtis Rag with our Vandercook Universal III proof press. The text is set in Binny Old Style monotype with Jim Crow display. Carol Joyce designed the binding and has hand-bound the edition in oasis goatskin with sugi bark endpapers and leather hinges. Our edition is limited to 50 copies, of which this is number 5 . Signed by Jennifer Dossm, printer. With a fold-out map. Exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, December 3-27, 1985.
Cohen, Lillian H. The Story of the Horatio Alger Commemorative Postage Stamp . Jackson Heights, L.H.C. Limited, 1983. 2 7/8" x 2 1/8". [6 pp.]
COLOPHON: Designed and hand-bound by L.H.C. In an edition of 150 copies. This is copy 82 . Initialed L.H. Marbled paper-covered boards with label on front cover. U.S. stamp honoring Alger tipped in as frontispiece.
SANTA SUSANA PRESS
The Charter of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyoming . Northridge, CA, Santa Susana Press, 1983. 3 7/8" x 1 7/8". [46 pp.]
COLOPHON: This first letterpress edition (the original was mimeographed) of the Charter of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyoming, is limited to 300 numbered copies hand-colored by the artist, all of which have been signed by the artist. Illustrations by Irving Block. Designed and printed by Patrick Reagh, printers for the Santa Susana Press . This is number D . Edition of 300 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies, signed by the artist. Written by the internees of a Japanese relocation camp in Wyoming during W.W.II.
Utley, Robert M. Fort Union In Miniature . Sante Fe, NM, Stagecoach Press, 1963. 1 1/4" x 1". 39 pp.
COLOPHON: Buckskin edition. First edition, limited to only 99 copies, signed and bound in Pueblo deerskin . #64. Signed by Utley. All press work and binding done by hand.