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American Imprints, 1796-1899 Various Places

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American Imprints, 1796-1899 Various Places including Books for Children, Etc.

The portion of this website in front of you brings together in preliminary fashion a variety of lists and descriptions for United States Miniature Books published before 1901 (or by a publisher whose output largely dates before 1901). The books have been organized, generally, by press or publisher as described in Robert C. Bradbury’s Antique United States Miniature Books, 1690-1900 (No. Clarendon, Vermont: The Microbibliophile, 2001). This page describes titles held by the University of Iowa Libraries for the presses or publishers described below. The descriptions generally follow Bradbury’s format: Author. Title. Imprint (if it varies from the heading), date. Size in inches. Number of pages. Brief physical description. Illustrations note. Copy # of [##] copies (when known).

The Death and Burial of Cock Robin. Albany: G.J. Loomis and Company, 1822. 2 3/8″ x 2″.16pp.
B19th Loomis 4 B207.

Daily Bread, or The Verse Learner’s Pocket Companion. Auburn: H. Ivison and Co. 1832. 2 7/8″ x 2 5/16″. Unpaginated [196pp.]
Press of William Williams, Utica. Brown cloth bound. B19th Ivision 1 B418.

Rhymes for the Nursery. Concord, N.H.: Rufus Merrill, 1843. no. 11. 2 1/2 x 3 7/16″.
Green printed wrappers. B19th not listed

A Riddle Book For the Use of Children. Concord, N.H.: Rufus Merrill, 1843. 2 3/16″ x 3 1/2 “. 8pp.
Yellow pictorial wrappers. B19th not listed.

Pollok, Robert. The Course of Time. Portland, Sanborn and Carter, 1846. 3 3/8″ x 2 1/4″. 276pp.
Contains a memoir of the author, index, etc. Bound in old brown leather with the authors last name gold stamped on the spine. Edges are gilt stamped. Binding is worn and chipped. B19th not listed.

Aunt Rose and Her Nieces. Troy, NY: Merriam, Moore, c1850. 2 3/16″ x 1 1/2″. 64pp.
Contains fourteen little stories of moral and religious precepts for children. Bound in red cloth over boards with the title on the spine and illustrations on front cover both gilt stamped. Edges are gilt stamped. Cover is worn and pages are yellowed with age. B19th Merriam, Moore, and Co. 1 B813.

Book About Dogs and Cats. Concord, NH: J.A. Merriam and Rufus Merrill, ca1854-1858. 2 1/4″ x 2 3/4″. 8pp.
Pink pictorial wrappers. B19th Merriam and Merrill 8 B1030.

Hymnal. Unknown publisher and location. Possible date 1874. 3 7/8″ x 2 7/8″. 400pp.
Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Morist, Hugh. Two Sketches. Cedar Rapids, IA: H.E. Reeder, 1879. 2 7/8 x 3 7/8″. 25pp.
Gray-green printed wrappers. B19th not listed.

[Duke Cigarette Co.] General George Edward Pickett, a Short History. Park Place, NY: Knapp & Co., 1888. 1 1/2″ x 1 3/4″. 15pp.
Color pictorial wraps. B19th Duke Cigarette Co. 38 B1478.

Little Key of Heaven: a selection of prayers and devotional exercises / with the approval of the most rev. archbishop of Milwaukee. Milwaukee: Hoffman Brothers Company, Printers to the Holy Apostolic See, 20 May 1893. 3 5/8″ x 2 1/2″. 300pp. Ivory plastic covers and spine, with silver-colored chalice and flowering vine on cover. Gilt edges. Clasp is missing. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Krohn, W.O. Little Farmers. Chicago: Werner Company, 1896. 2 3/8″ x 2 1/8″. 125pp.
Illustrated by William Ottman. Part of the Little Folks library. Printed red wrappers, creased. Spined edges worn. B19th Werner 6 B1593.

Daily Food for Christians. Chicago, New York, Toronto: Fleming H. Revel Company, 1898. 3 5/16″ x 2 1/2″. Unpaginated. [194pp].
Red cloth with gold stamped title and decorations on cover and spine. Gilded edges. B19th Revel 4 B1616. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

[Duke Cigarette Co.] Life of Charles Stewart Parnell. Park Place, NY: Knapp and Company. nd. 1 7/16″ x 2 13/16″. 15pp.
Color pictorial wraps. Spine repaired with thread oversewing. B19th Duke Cigarette Co. 87 B1527.

Sugar and Spice. Unknown publisher and location. Unknown date. 3 9/16″ x 3 1/8″. 12pp.
B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Not found as of March 11, 2004:

Wisdom in Miniature or The Young Gentleman and Lady’s Pleasing Instructor. Thomas, Son and Thomas, 1796. 2nd Worcester Edition.

The Lord’s Prayer. Haverhill, NH, E. Eastman, 1879.