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Return to: 19th Century American Miniature Books in the Smith Collection

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).

Thomas Crowell Company

New York, NY

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. Sonnets from the Portuguese.New York: Thomas Y. Crowell and Co. Publishers, n.d. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/8″. 96pp.
Brown leater with gold stamped title on front cover. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. Sonnets from the Portuguese. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell and Co. Publishers, n.d. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/8″. 96pp.
Brown leather with gold stamped title on front cover. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Browning, Robert. Rabbi Ben Ezra and Saul. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell and Co. Sesame Booklets, n.d. 2 7/8″ x 3 7/8″. 64pp.
Light brown leather with gold stamped title and decoration and blind stamped decoration on front cover. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Daily Food for Christians. New York: Thomas Crowell Co., [ca1876]. 3 5/16″ x 2 9/16″. 192pp.
Bound in brown limp ooze with gold stamping on cover. B19th Crowell 1 B1332 described as gilt cloth; the Smith edition is likely much later, ca1900.

Fitzgrearld, Edward. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. New York, Thomas Crowell Co., n.d. 2 5/8″ x 2 1/8″ 79pp..
Bound in black leather with title gold stamped on the spine and front cover. Cover very worn and pages are yellowed with age. B19th not listed but ca1900.

In Flanders Fields and Other Poems. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., [ca. 1918]. 2 13/16″ x 2 1/4″. 62pp.
World War I poetry. Limp ooze with gilt title. B19th not listed.

Kipling, Rudyard. Recessional and Other Poems. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell and Co. Publishers, n.d. 2 5/8″ x 2 1/8″. 62pp.
Brown leather with gold stamped title and decorations on front cover and spine. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Kipling, Rudyard. Recessional and Other Poems. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell and Co. Publishers, n.d. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/8″. 62pp.
Light brown suede with gold stamped title on front cover. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Whittier, John Greenleaf. Snowbound. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell and Co.Publishers, n.d. 2 9/16″ x 2 1/8″. 96pp.
Red leather with gold stamped decorations and title on front cover and spine. Cover is very worn. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Wilde, Oscar. Ballad of Reading Gaol. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell and Co. Publishers, n.d. 2 1/16″ x 2 9/16″. 95pp.
Brown leather with gold stamped title and decorations on spine and front cover. Cover very worn. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.