Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Ampersand Workshop

Return to: 20th Century U. S. Imprints 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 during the Twentieth Century. The books have then been organized by press or publisher as described in Robert C. Bradbury’s Twentieth Century United States Miniature Books (No. Clarendon, Vermont: The Microbibliophile, 2000). This page describes titles held by the University of Iowa Libraries for the press or publisher 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.

Ampersand Workshop

Fullerton, CA


Voss, Carmen. Twelve Flowers. Fullerton, CA: Tympan Alley Press and Ampersand Workshop, 1983. Booklet is 2-5/8″ x 1-9/16″, bound in a folder that is 2-3/4″ x 1-15/16″.
Colophon: This folio of prints was produced by Maurice & Deborah Gray at the Tympan Alley Press & by Wm. Erik & Carmen Voss at the Ampersand Workshop-August 1983. This edition consists of 35 folios of which this is number 19, signed by Maurice & Deborah Gray, and Erik & Carmen Voss.
This is the first miniature from this press. The booklet is bound in stiff pink boards with a purple spine. This booklet, along with a packet of 12 hand colored flower illustrations (one for each month of the year) are enclosed inside a stiff purple folder with a white paper label affixed to the front cover. This folder is enclosed inside a matching slipcase. B20th1/3013.

Voss, Carmen. Eight Orchids. Fullerton, CA: Tympan Alley Press and Ampersand Workshop, 1983. 2 3/4″ x 2″.
Colophon: This folio was designed, typeset, printed, tinted, & bound by hand in an edition of fifty copies at the Tympan Alley Press and the Ampersand Workshop in November, 1983. No. 29.
Folder with world map and colophon containing 8 printed open-end envelopes with information on rare orchids. Includes a hand-colored etching of these exotic flowers. Illustrated with 6 engravings. All housed in a slip case. In a quality miniature art folio book. B20th2/3013.

Voss, Carmen. Fragments of the Rainbow. Fullerton: The Ampersand Workshop, 1988. 2 _” x 1 7/8″.
Colophon: Fragments of the Rainbow was hand-set in Garamont types and printed on Arches laid text by Wm Erik Voss at the Lyceum Press. The illustrations were hand-colored by Carmen Voss and the whole bound at the Ampersand Workshop. The edition is limited to 100 copies numbered 1-100, bound in quarter leather and 5 copies, lettered A-E, bound in full leather with an extra suite of plate proofs. This is copy:36.
5 handcolored illustrations. Printed in three colors across two accordian-fold panel of Arches laid paper. The binding is iridescent emerald-green cloth over boards with a leather spine. There were also 5 copies in full leather with a separate folio of hand-colored plate proofs. B20th3/3012.

Whishaw, Francis. Great Western Railway. The Ampersand Workshop, 1984.
#5 of 50 copies. Signed by Wm. Voss. 2nd vol. plates signed by Carmen Voss. B20th4/3242.

Marlowe, Christopher. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love. Fullerton: Ampersand, 1984.
One of 20 numbered and signed copies. B20th5/1946.