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Modern Reprints of books published before 1901

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The portion of this website brings together in preliminary fashion a variety of lists and descriptions for United States Miniature Books that are modern reprints of those published before 1901 (or by a publisher whose output largely dates before 1901). 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).

Modern Reprints of books published before 1901

The Book of Letters, in Verse. Reprint (n.d.) of book by Dorr and Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts, ca. 1821. Four copies. Paper covers, one yellow and three green. Pamphlet binding. 8pp. 2″ x 2 3/8″. Dorr and Howland discussed in Bradbury, p. 72.

Carroll, Lewis. Eight or Nine Wise Words About Letter Writing. Reprint of a book published by Emberlin and Son, Oxford in 1890. Pamphlet binding. 22pp. 2 7/8″ x 4″. Brown marbled paper cover.

The Whale, and the Dangers of the Whale-Fishery. Reprint (1984) of a circa 1840 copy in the Collection at Sandy Hill; Head of Westport, Massachusetts by S[idney] Babcock of New Haven, Massachusetts. 16pp. 2 3/4″ x 4 3/8″. Yellow paper cover, stapled. Sidney Babcock discussed in Bradbury, p. 109.

A Book of Trades for Ingenious Boys. Reprint (n.d.) of a book by Geo. P. Daniels of Providence, Rhode Island, dated 1839. Cover is of same stock as text. Pamphlet binding. 16pp. 2 5/8″ x 4 1/4″.

Nurse Truelove’s Christmas Box: Or, the Golden Plaything for Little Children. Reprint (n.d.) of book printed by Isaiah Thomas, Jun. of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1799, The Fourth Worcester Edition, of an original in the collection of Old Sturbridge Village.

Thomas, Robert B. The Old Farmer’s Almanack 1853. Boston, Massachusetts: Jenn, Hickling and Swan, 1853. 1981 by Merrimack Publishing, New York.