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Beaverdam 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.

Beaverdam Press

Salem, OR

1981-1987

Walsdorf, John J. Printers on Morris. Beaverton, OR: Beaverdam Press, 1981. 3″ x 2-1/4″. 38pp. Colophon: A total of 326 copies have been printed directly from type. 300 copies on Strathmore Text and 26 special copies on Hosho. The text is set in 8 point Garamond. The binding by Gretchen Esping-Swanson at the Mute Swan bindery. The frontispiece engraved on wood by Barry Moser. The “Brother Rabbit” binding paper was engraved by Sara Chamberlain. The 26 special copies are bound in full leather with extra print of Morris, signed by the editor, artists and printer. This is copy S. Edited by John J. Walsdorf. Forward by Sir Bisil Blackwell. Designed by Earle Heuness and printed on a 1912 Pearl Press. Printed on handmade paper and bound in full black leather. Red patterned endpapers. B20th 1/3051.

Field, Eugene. Dibdin’s Ghost. Beaverton, OR: Beaverdam Press, 1986. 2-1/8″ x 2-13/16″. 24pp. Colophon: 135 copies have been printed on an Albion Press. The type is Original Old Caslon & the paper is handmade Bodleian printed damp. The frontis was engraved on wood by Rudolf Milpacher. The binding was completed at the press. This is copy #11. Bound in blue cloth over boards with the title on spine and a figure on the front cover both printed in black. B20th 2/1073.

Griggs, Bob. Elrae, The Littlest Printer. The Beaverdam Press, 1987. 3″ x 2-3/16″. Colophon: This is the third miniature book from the press, and has been printed directly from type on dampened handmade Hayle paper. The printing was done on an 1842 bench Model Albion press. The edition is limited to 225 copies. This is copy number 19, signed by Earle Heuness. Written and illustrated by Bob Griggs. Binding and slipcase completed by printer and his wife, Joan. Bound in greenish beige paper over boards with the title printed in black on the spine. Housed inside matching slipcase. B20th 3/1248.