Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Attic Press

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.

Attic Press

Richmond, VA


Shell, Willis. An Allegorical ABC Book Where-in theABCs Tell Stories of Junipero Serra. Richmond, VA: Attic Press, 1977. 2 5/8″ x 1 7/8″.
Colophon: An Allegorical ABC Book was composed, printed, hand colored and bound by Willis Shell at the Attic Press. The text type through-out, except the illustrative Grids, is ATF CloisterOldStyle. The paper, Hand Made Tovil, was printed damp on a Washington Press. The initials previously drawn by Eleanor Shell for the Academy were re-used here with the addition of color.
Unpaginated, hand colored illustration accompanied by a brieftext and a grid showing 16 different forms of the letter. Pictorial beige boards. One of 250 copies. B20th 3/2723.

Edward IV. The Stork She Rose on Christmas Eve. Richmond, VA: Attic Press, 1977. 2 1/8″ x 1 7/8″.
Colophon: This book “The Stork She Rose on Christmas Eve” was designed, composed, printed, illustrated by the Attic press. Cloister black was selected as the type face and the Japanese rice paper, Noriki, was chosen for the text which was printed on a Washington press. The illustrations were drawn by Leslie Geiberberger who also assisted Willis Shell at the bress and in binding.
Limited to 150 copies. Bookplate of Stanley Marcus. In printed boards. B20th 4/1006.