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Press of Arden Park

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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 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.

Press of Arden Park

Sacramento, CA

1970s?-1980s?

Henry, Jacob. The Right of a Jew to Hold Elective Office. Sacramento, CA: Press of Arden Park, 1979. 24 pp. 3″ x 2 1/2″.
Colophon: This is the first miniature book published by Budd Westreich at his Press of Arden Park, 861 Los Molinos Way, Sacramento, California 95825. The type is 10 point Times Roman, and the paper is 70 pound white vellum. 85 copies were printed on a Vandercook proof press. This is copy #45. Signed by Budd Westreich.
A speech by Jacob Henry before the North Carolina House of Commons 1809. 2 illustrations printed in purple. Bound in gray cloth with the title on the front cover stamped in gold. Enclosed inside a white dust jacket with title in red and subtitle in black. B20th 1/1372.

Remme’s Great Ride. Sacramento, CA: Press of Arden Park, 1983. 75 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2″.
Colophon: 125 copies printed June, 1983. Art by Dean Berens. Copy #29 signed by Budd Westreich.
Printed in three colors with linoleum block cuts by Dean Berens. Bound in brown boards with title stamped in gold on the spine. Enclosed inside a white dust jacket with title in purple. B20th 3/2557.

Vassa, Gustavus. I Saw a Slave Ship. Sacramento, CA: Press of Arden Park, 1983. 43 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.
Colophon: 125 copies printed October, 1983. #25 signed by Budd Westreich.
From the autobiography, “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa the African, Written by Himself”, 1791. Hard bound in blue cloth over boards with title stamped in gold on the spine. Enclosed inside a white dust jacket with title on the front cover in blue and illustration of a ship in blue on the back. Title in black on the spine. B20th 4/ 3000.

Doyle, Arthur Conan. A Scandal in Bohemia. Sacramento, CA: Press of Arden Park, 1984. 156 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.
Letterpress, gilt cloth boards, printed dj. Edition of 340 copies. B20th 5/976.

Wells, H.G. The Door in the Wall. Sacramento, CA: Press of Arden Park, 1985. 86 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.
Colophon: 120 copies printed February, 1985. Illustrated by Edward Douglas Leche. #22 signed by Budd Westreich.
Printed in black, purple, and green. Bound in green cloth over boards with title stamped in gold on the spine. Enclosed inside a white dust jacket with title in green and a illustration on the back in green also. Title in black on the spine. B20th 6/3194.

Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Red-Headed League. Sacramento, CA: Press of Arden Park, 1986. 121 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.
Colophon: 120 copies printed August, 1985. This is #21 of 120 signed by Budd Westreich.
Bound in navy blue boards with title stamped in gold on the spine. Original Sidney Paget drawings are in blue. Enclosed inside a white dust jacket with title printed in purple and drawing on back cover. B20th 7/972.

Doyle, Arthur Conan. A Case of Identity. Sacramento, CA: Press of Arden Park, 1987. 129 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.
Colophon: 120 copies printed by Budd Westreich at his Press of Arden Park, June, 1987. #25 signed by Budd Westreich.
Bound in blue cloth over boards with title stamped in gold on the spine. Original Sidney Paget drawings in text and end papers are in blue. Enclosed inside a white dust jacket with title in blue and a picture in the back in blue. B20th 8/947.

Waterhouse, Benjamin. A Plea for Vaccination. Sacramento, CA: Press of Arden Park, 1984. 35 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.
Colophon: 120 copies printed Nov. 1984. #12 of 120 signed by Budd Westreich.
This article appeared on the front page of the Columbian Centinel (Boston) on April 16, 1816. Printed letterpress in two colors. Bound in purple cloth over boards with title stamped in gold on the spine. Enclosed inside a white dust jacket with title in purple and a purple cow on the back. B20th 9/3065.