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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)..

Peck Firms: Smith and Peck, Horace C. Peck, Loomis and Peck, Peck and Bliss, Durrie and Peck

Famous Men of Britain. Philadelphia: Peck and Bliss; New Haven: Durrie & Peck, nd. 2 5/8″ x 3 1/4″.
Terra cotta cloth, gold stamped. All edges gilt. B19th this edition not listed.

Country Walks for Little Folks. Philadelphia, PA: Horace C. Peck, 1840. 191pp. 3 1/4″ x 2 9/16″.
Illustrated with numerous woodcuts. Bound in the original American folk-art binding of olive green cloth gilt-stamped with a rural scene of cattle and sheep stamped on the front cover and the title and decorations on spine. Edges are gilt stamped. Contemporary owner’s inscription on the front inside cover. Text pages are yellowed with age. B19th Peck 18 B703.

The Child’s Picture Bible. New Haven, CT, Durrie and Peck, c.1845-1849. 191pp. 3 ¼” x 2 5/8″.
Green cloth with pictorial stamping. Numerous plates. B19th Durrie and Peck 6 B722.

City Sights for Little Folks. Philadelphia, PA: Smith and Peck, 1845. 191 pp. 3 1/4″ x 2 5/8″.
Illustrations with 48 woodcuts. Foxing throughout, else fine in original American folk-art binding of brown cloth with a gilt-stamped scene of a burning building and firefighters. All edges gilt. B19th Peck 15 B760.

The Little Esop. Philadelphia, PA: Smith & Peck, 1845. 191 pp. 3 3/16″ x 2 3/4″.
Ads with 8 titles. Purple cloth, and all edges gilded. B19th Peck 29 B763

Little Poems for Little Folks. Philadelphia: Smith and Peck, 1845. 192 pp. 3 3/16″ x 2 5/8″.
Bound in brown cloth, gold stamping on spine. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. B 19th Peck 47 B766

The Book of Nations, containing descriptions of the costume and customs of foreign countries. Philadelphia: H.C. Peck and Theo. Bliss, ca. 1851-1862. 3 3/16 x 2 5/8. xi,12-124 [i.e., p125-191 missing]. Top board and part of spine only. Pictorial cloth heavily shellacked. B 19th Peek 3 B931. Gift of Kenneth Hodges.

Child, Isabella. The Child’s Picture Bible. New Haven: Durrie and Peck. Philadelphia: Smith and Peck., [1851-1857]. 191pp. 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.
Bound in brown cloth with gold stamped decoration on front cover and spine. Blind stamped on back cover. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. B19th Peck 8 B937.

Military Heroes of America. Philadelphia, PA: Peck and Bliss, [ca 1851-1862]. 191 pp. 3 3/16″ x 2 3/4″.
Purple cloth. All edges gilt. B19th Peck 54 B958

Naval Heroes of America. Philadelphia: Peck and Bliss, [ca1851-1862]. 3″ x 2 1/2″.
Gilt naval officer on front cover, all edges gilt. B19th Peck 55 B959

Christiana: The Little Pilgrim’s Progress, (Part II). Philadelphia, PA: Loomis and Peck, 1848. 191 pp. 3 1/4″ x 2 3/4″.
Numerous illustrations. Green cloth, gold stamping, and all edges gilt. B19th this edition not listed.

Little Poems for Little Folks. Philadelphia, PA: Loomis and Peck, 1847. 192 pp. 3 3/16″ x 2 3/4″.
Green cloth. All edges gilt. B19th this edition not listed.

Little Poems for Little Folks. B 19th Peck 47 B766
Little Poems for Little Folks. B19th not listed.

 

Watts, Isaac. Songs, Divine and Moral. Philadelphia, PA, H.C. Peck and Theo. Bliss, nd. 3 1/8″ x 2 5/8″.
Brown cloth, gold stamped. All edges gilt. B19th this edition not listed.

Watts, Isaac. Songs, Divine and Moral. Philadelphia: Loomis and Peck, 1848. 191pp. 3 1/4″ x 2 5/8″.
Green cloth, gold stamped. All edges gilt. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. B 19th this edition not listed.