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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

American Tract Society

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┬áThe 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)..

American Tract Society

Boston, New York, and elsewhere

Pearls. Boston: American Tract Society, [ca1842-1868]. 128pp. 2 1/16″ x 1 3/8″.
Bound in green cloth with gilt stamping. B19th: 29/B734

Scudder, Rev. J. Provision for Passing Over Jordan. New York: American Tract Society, 1846. 64pp. 3-1/8″ x 2-3/8″.
Bound in red fabric over boards with illustration on front cover and title decorations on spine both stamped in gold. Edges are gilt stamped. Covers are worn and pages are yellowed with age. B19th: 31/B792

Scudder, Rev. J. Provision for Passing Over Jordan. New York: American Tract Society, 1846. 214 pp. 3 1/8″ x 2 3/8″.
“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation.” Bound in dark brown cloth with gold stamped title decorations on spine. B19th: 32/B793

Daily Food for Christians. New York: American Tract Society, [ca1847]. 192 pp. 3 1/8″ x 2 7/16″.
Dark blue cloth with worn gold stampings. Spine worn. B19th: 33/B814

Daily Texts with Verses of Hymns. New York: American Tract Society, [ca1847], inscribed 1860. 128 pp. 3 1/8″ x 2 7/16″.
Adapted for General Use and Suited for Eery year. Inscription: John Simpson, 1860. Red cloth with gold design on cover, told title on spine. B19th: 3/B817

Day-Dawn. New York: American Tract Society, [ca1847]. 144 pp. 2-1/4″ x 1-1/2″.
Bound in yellow-brown cloth over boards with the title gold stamped on the spine and the front cover. All edges are gilt stamped. Green floral endpapers. Covers are worn and pages are yellowed with age. B19th: 36/B818

Dew-Drops. New York, The American Tract Society, 150 Nassau Street, [ca1847]. 2 1/4 x 1 1/2″
Red cloth blind stamped with gold center medallion. B19th: 2/B822

Dew-Drops. New York, The American Tract Society, [ca1847]. 2 1/4 x 1 3/8″.
Red cloth blind stamped with gold center medallion which differs from copy above. B19th: 2/B822

Dew-Drops. The American Tracts Society, [ca1847]. 2 3/16 x 1 1/2″
Dark brown cloth stamped blind and gold. B19th: 15/B825

Gems of Sacred Poetry. New York: American Tract Society, [ca1847]. 256 pp. 3-1/8″ x 2-3/8″.
Bound in brown cloth over boards with title gilt stamped on the spine and a gold design stamped on the front cover. Edges gilt. Inscription of Agnes Simpson at Christmas 1860 found on the inside front cover. B19th: 5/B826

Gems of Sacred Poetry. New York: American Tract Society, [ca1827-1847]. 256 pp. 3″ x 2 3/8″.
Bound in green cloth with gold design stamped on cover. Not listed in Bradbury.

Heavenly Mana, or A Collection of Prayers and Promises for Each Day in the Year. New York: American Tract Society, n.d. 127pp. 3 1/8″ x 2 3/8″.
Blue cloth blind and gold stamped. All edges gilt. Binding rubbed, text with slight foxing. B19th: 8/B827

Chaplet of Flowers. New York: American Tract Society, [ca1848]. 168 pp. 3 1/8″ x 2 3/8″.
“Comprising a scripture text with a gem of thought illustrating its meaning, for every day in the year.” Dark brown cloth. B19th: 41/B853

Chaplet of Flowers. New York: American Tract Society, [ca1848]. 197 pp. 3 3/16″ x 2 7/16″.
“Comprising a scripture text, with a gem of thought illustrating its meaning, for every day in the year.” Inscription on frontispiece, “To Gladys Bradeeu From Mrs. Lombard.” Red cloth stamped black. B19th: 42/B854

The Crystal Gem. Boston: J. Buffum, [1853]. 96 pp. 3 1/8″ x 2 1/4″.
Bound in dark brown cloth, all edges gilt. B19th: B992

Teacher’s Offering. Boston: WM. J. Reynolds & Company, 1854. 63 pp. 4 5/8″ x 2 15/16″.
Bound in dark brown cloth with gold title stamp on cover. B19th: no listing in Bradbury.

The Four Seasons. Published by the American Tract Society (no city or year given). 128 pp. 4 1/4″ x 2 13/16″.
Bound in dark brown cloth with bronze title stamp on spine. B19th: no listing in Bradbury.

I Am Afraid I Have a Soul. New York: American Tract Society (no year given). 128 pp. 4 9/16″ x 3 1/16″.
Bound in dark brown cloth with gold title stamp on spine. B19th: no listing in Bradbury.

Mary Jones. New York: American Tract Society (no year given). 128 pp. 4 1/2″ x 3″.
Bound in red cloth with gold floral stamp on cover and gold title stamp on spine. B19th: no listing in Bradbury.

Julia and Her Kittens. New York: American Tract Society, [1873]. 80 pp. 4 1/2″ x 3 5/8″.
Bound in brown cloth with black floral design and gold title stamp on cover. B19th: no listing in Bradbury.