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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

New York 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).

New York Imprints

Watts, Isaac. Psalms carefully suited to the Christian worship in the United States of America: being an improvement of the old versions of the Psalms of David. New York: Williams & Whiting, 1810 (New York: D. & G. Bruce). 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. 252pp. Black leather cover, gold stamped decorations on cover and “WATTS” on the spine. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Mason, W. Crumbs From The Master’s Table, or Select Sentences, Doctrinal, Practical, and Experimental. New York: D. Appleton, 1831. 2″ x 2 3/4″. 192pp.
A facsimile edition published by Appleton in 1931. B19th B401 (but this edition not listed).

Thomson, James. The Seasons. New-York: D. Appleton and Company, [1831-1849]. 4 3/16″ x 2 3/4″. 210pp.
B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Barbauld’s Hymns. New York: Mahlon Day, c. 1833-1939. 3 3/16″ x 1 15/16″. 8pp.
B19th Mahlon Day 35 B458.

Methodist Episcopal Church. A Collection of Hymns, For the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Principally From the Collection of Rev. John Wesley, M.A. New York, B. Waugh and T. Mason , 1836. 3 1/4″ x 2 1/8″. 623pp. 3 copies.
Version One: Bound in brown calf. B19th edition not listed.
Version Two: Red leather gold stamped covers and spine with gold stamped title on spine. Marbled end papers. Edges gilded. B19th edition not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.
Version Three: Bound in brown leather, spine stamped in gold; red leather label stamped in gold with title Methodist Hymns. B19th edition not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Fragments for Young People. New-York: Published by G. Lane, 1840. 3 1/8″ x 2 1/8″. 88pp.
Brown leather cover. Gold stamped title of back cover. Edges gilded. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

By A Man of Fashion. A Guide to the Ball Room: Being A Complete Compenium of the Etiquette of Dancing. With the Figures of All the Quadrilles, Gallopades, Mazourkas, Polonaises, Etc. Etc. New York, C.S. Francis and Co., J.H. Francis, Boston, 1844. 66pp. 3 7/8″ x 2 7/8″.
B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

The Life of General Tom Thumb. Troy, New York: Moore & Nims [ca. 1845]. 64pp. 2 3/8″ x 1 1/2″. The Tiny Library. Welch 6773.

The Little Keepsake, a Poetic Gift for Children. New York: Kiggins and Kellog, [1849-1856]. 2″ x 3″. 8pp.
First series, no.11. Green printed wrappers. B19th Kiggins and Kellogg 5 B866.

Methodist Episcopal Church. Hymns for the User of the Methodist Episcopal Church. New York: Carlton & Porter, 1849. 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″. 718pp. Brown embossed leather binding; gilt spine title. Without music. Includes index. Revision of the Collection of hymns authorized in 1820, by a committee appointed by the General Conference in 1848. First ed. issued in 1849. “Address to Members and Friends of the Methodist Episcopal Church” signed and dated: Elijah Hedding, Beverly Waugh, Tho. A. Morris, L. L. Hamline, Edmund S. Jones, New York, May, 1849. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Pretty Rhymes About Birds and Animals for Little Boys and Girls. New York: Kiggins and Kellog, [1849-1856]. 2″ x 3 1/4″. 8pp.
First series, no. 3. Yellow printed wrappers. B19th Kiggins and Kellogg 9 B871.

Gift of Piety; or, Divine Breatings. New York: J.Q. Preble, n.d. Preble published in New York from 1851-1865. 3 3/6″ x 2 3/16″. 96pp.
Light brown cloth with gold stamped decorations and title on front cover and spine. Blind stamped back cover. Edges gilded. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Translated Out of the Original Greek ; and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised, by His Majesty’s Special Command. New York: T. Nelson and Sons, 1859. 4″ x 2 3/4″. [355pp].
B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Barnes, Miss E.W. Nellie and Charlie. New-York: Sunday-School Union, [1858-1868?]. 4 3/8″ x 2 13/16″. 16pp.
B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Lilly of the Valley, or Cousin Lill’s Stories for Her Pets. New York: J.Q. Preble, c.1855. 3 3/16″ x 2 3/16″. 94pp.
Dark brown cloth with gold stamped title and decorations on front cover and spine. Blind stamped back cover. Edges gilded. B19th Preble 8 B1060. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

The Proverbs: Translated out of the Original Hebrew; and with The Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. New York: American Bible Society, 1862. 3 11/16″ x 2 5/8″. Unpaginated. [91 pp].
Brown cloth blind stamped front and back covers with gold stamped title on front cover. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Happiness, Thoughts of Great Minds Concerning True Happiness. New York: E.P. Dutton Co., c.1863. 3 1/4″ x 2 5/8″.
Bound in beige cloth over boards with the title stamped in gold on the front cover along with a red and green illustration of a plant. Text contains 10 full pages of scenic and floral plates printed in color. All other pages are printed in two colors with sayings enclosed in wide decorative borders.

Willis, N.P. Sacred Poems. New York: Clark and Maynard, 1863. 4 5/8″ x 3″. 126pp.
B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Vredenburg, Edric. Three Friends. New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., [1869-?]. 3 9/16″ x 3 1/8″. Unpaginated. [12pp].
B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Demorest’s Monthly Magazine. New York: W. Jennings Demorest, 1866. 2 5/8 x 3 1/8″. 38pp.
Red stiff wrapers, worn, repaired with invisible tape. B19th Demorest 1 B1271.

Fisher, A.J. The Little Flirt. New York, A.J. Fisher, 1871. 2 1/4″ x 3″. 32pp.
Containing Handkerchief, Globe, Fan and Parasol Flirtations, with the Floral Language of Love. Illustrations in silhouette original cloth, dull. B19th Fisher 1 B1302.

Flowers of Grace. New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., [1869-?].[64pp}. 3 3/4″ x 3 3/8″.
B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Stranger’s Guide Around New York, and How ro Leave It. New York: Harrison’s Cheap Steam Printing, c.1870. 3 7/16″ x 2 7/16″. Unpaginated.
Printed for guests of Lovejoy’s Hotel, NY. Bound in light tan printed paper wrapper enclosing a fold-out map & text. B19th not listed.

Day by Day. A Book of Private Prayers. New York: A.D.F. Randolf and Co., 1871. 2 11/16″ x 1 11/16″. 79pp.
Leather, gold stamped title and decoration on front flap. Gilded edges. B19th edition not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

American Newspaper Directory 1776. New York: Geo P. Rowell and Company, 1876. 1 5/8″ x 1 3/8″. 16pp.
Printed self wraps. B19th B1323.

Pearls of Prayer. New York, Cincinatti, and Chicago, Benziger Bros., 1880. 2 1/4 ” x 1 9/16″. 202pp.
Blue cloth with gilt motifs on cover and title on spine. Emprimatur, John, Cardinal McCloskey, Archbishop of New York. Copyright, 1880, by Benziger Brothers. B19th Benzinger Bros. 1 B1368.

The History of Our American Flag. New York: Gray Lith Company, 1898. 3″ x 4″. 12pp.
“Compliments of Chase & Sanborn, Importers of Tea and Coffee, Boston & Chicago”. B19th not listed.

Elizabeth, Charlotte. The Bird’s Nest. New York: T. Nelson and Sons. 4″ x 3 1/4″. 31pp.
B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Gold Dust: A Collection of Golden Counsels for Sancitification of Daily Life . New York: E. and J.B. Young and Co., n.d. 3 3/8″ x 2 1/4″. 108pp.
Red cloth gold stamped decorations on front cover and gold stamped title on spine. B19th publisher not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Gold Dust: A Collection of Golden Counsels for Sanctification of Daily Life. New York: James Pott an Co., n.d. 3 3/8″ x 2 1/4″. 108pp.
Dark brown leater, chipped with gold stamped title on front cover. Edges gilded. B19th publisher not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauilne B. Deems.

The Island; or, Playing at Robinson Crusoe. New York: William Wood and Co., n.d. 4 3/8″ x 3″. 55pp.
Faded purple cloth blind stamped on front and rear cover, gold stamped title and decorations on spine. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

The Robins, And Other Stories. New York: Geo. A. Leavitt, Publisher, n.d. 4 1/2″ x 2 7/8″. 16pp.
B19th publisher not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Adams, Estelle Davenport. Rose Leaves: Poems and Passages About the Rose. New York: White, Stokes, and Allen, n.d. 3 7/8″ x 2 9/16″. 124pp.
Light tan paper cover with rose decal and title on front cover. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline. B. Deems.

The White Kitten. New York: William Wood and Co., n.d. 4 1/4″ x 2 7/8″. 64pp.
Green cloth blind stamped front and back cover, gold stamped title and decorations on spine. B19th not listed. Gift of Carol Kappel in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.

Not found as of March 11, 2004:

Havergal, Frances Ridley. Forget-Me-Nots. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1884. 2 15/16″ x 3″.
Bound in blue cloth with gold and blue illustrated cover and gold printing on spine. Printed in two colors with illustrations.

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Tennyson Gems. London & New York, Ernest Nister, E.P.Dutton & Co., 1889. 80pp. 3 1/4″ x 2 11/16″.
Colophon: Designed in England and Printed in Bavaria. Bound in brown cloth over boards with the title and illustrations of red roses stamped on the front cover. Text is printed in red and black with many color illustrations.