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Boston Imprints

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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).

Boston Imprints

(excluding almanacs)

Mason, John. Gems of Piety, from the select remains of Rev. John Mason. Boston : Lincoln and Edmands, 1831 (Northampton: E. Turner). 3″ x 2 1/2″. [3], 4-192pp. Embossed cloth, printed paper spine label. B19th 1 / B403. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Cowper, William. Fragments in Prose. Boston: James Loring, [ca1831]. 96pp. 3 1/16″ x 2 3/8″.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1831, by James Loring, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of Massachusetts. Bound in brown cloth over boards with a paper title label affixed to spine. Covers worn with age. B19th 1 B410.

The Christian Economy. Boston: James Gay & A.C. Demerit, 1832. 94 pp. 3 1/16″ x 2 1/2 “.
Translated from the original Greek of an old manuscript found in the island of Patmos. Green cloth, worn paper label. B19th B416.

Daily Food for Christians. Boston: R.H. Sherburne, 1843. 192pp. 3 1/16″ x 2 1/2 “.
Bound in brown cloth with gold stamping. B19th B739

Daily Food For Christians. Boston: Tappon and Dennet, 1843. 3 1/4 ” x 2 3/8″.
Bound in blue cloth. Blind and gilt stamped. B19th B740

The Boquet: Containing the Poetry and Language of Flowers. By a Lady. Boston: Benjamin B. Mussey, 1846. 128pp.
4 7/16″ x 3″.
Stereotyped and Printed at No. 52 Washington Street, Boston, by S.N. Dickinson & Co. Dark brown cloth. Gold stamped decoration on front cover and spine. Blind stamped back cover. Gilt edges. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kappel in memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Friendship’s Jewel, a Gift of Remembrance. Boston: G.W. Cottrell, 1851. 96 pp. 3 3/16″ x 2 5/16″.
Edited by J.S.A. Bound in brown cloth with gold stamped title and decoration on front cover. Blind stamped decoration on back cover. Inscription in the front of the book. Gilt edges. B19th 10 B918.

Friendship’s Jewel, A Gift of Remembrance. B19th Cottrell 10 B918.

The Philopena; or, Cousin Lill’s Stories for her Pets. Boston: G.W. Cottrell, 36 Cornhill, [1856-1870]. 96pp. 3 1/8″ x 2 1/8″.
Typography by Tubbs, Nesmith, & Teal, 29 Beckman street. Brown cloth. Gold stamped front cover. Blind stamped back cover. Gilt edges. B19th G. W. Cottrell 34 B1082. Gift of Carol Kappel in memory of Pauline B. Deems.

The Young Bird-Catcher, and Other Stories. Boston: Henry A. Young & Co., No. 24 Cornhill. 63pp. 4 1/2″ x 3 1/8″.
Dark red cloth. Blind stamped front and back cover. Gold stamped spine. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kappel in memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Not present when inventoried 1/3/02:

Thayer, Mrs. J. The Golden Present, a Gift for All Seasons. Boston: J. Buffum, 1848. 128 pp. 4-1/2″ x 3″.
Stereotyped and printed by C.C. Moody. A hand colored floral illustration used as frontispiece. Bound in red cloth over boards with the title and a design gold stamped on the spine. An illustration is gold stamped on the front cover. Edges are gilt stamped. Covers are worn and pages are yellowed with age.

Zion’s Bank; or Bible Promises, Secured to All Believers. Boston: Henry D. Degen, 1857. 2 1/8″x1 1/2″


All books by J. Bruffum listed on Bruffum page.