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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.

Bela Blau Press

Los Angeles, CA

1956-

Kennedy, John F. Inaugural Address. Los Angeles, CA: Bela Blau, 1965. 47 pp. 1 5/8″ x 1 1/4″. #158 of 1000 copies. B20th 1.

Kennedy, John F. Inaugural Address. Los Angeles, CA: Bela Blau, 1965. 47 pp. 1 5/8″ x 1 1/4″. #954 of 1000 copies. B20th 1.

Bible. Old Testament. Ten Commandments . Los Angeles, CA: Bela Blau, 1965. 25 pp. 1″ x 3/4″. Colphon: Handset, printed and bound by Bela Blau, Los Angeles, California, 1965. A portrait of Moses used as frontispiece. Bound in white vellum with the title gilt stamped on the spine and a border gilt stamped on the front cover. B20th 2.

Weber, Francis J. What Happened to Junipero Serra? Los Angeles, CA: Bela Blau, 1969. 29 pp. 1 3/8″ x 2″. Colphon: Handset, designed, printed and bound by Bela Blau. Los Angeles, California 1969. Contains original Mexican postage stamp, in error depicting Francisco Palou instead of Junipero Serra. Green leather with gold binding. 1000 copies. B20th 3.

Weber, Francis J. Christmas in Pastoral California. Los Angeles, CA: Bela Blau, 1971. 27 pp. 1 9/16″ x 1 1/4″. Full gilt leather. B20th 4.

Weber, Francis J. Pastorela. Los Angeles: Bela Blau, 1971. 27pp. 1-9/16″ x 1-1/4″. Colphon: Handset, printed and bound by Bela Blau, Los Angeles, California, Christmas 1971. Edited from the Santa Barbara Daily Press of December 29, 1885. Bound in full green leather with title on spine stamped in gold and design on front cover in red. B20th: Not listed.

Orban, Mariana (Blau). Nicolae Ceausescu, Activitatea Si Vista.Los Angeles, CA: Mariana Blau, 1975. 28 pp. 1 3/4″ x 1 1/4″. Literele culese de mina, tiparit si legat de Blau, Orban Mariana. Los Angeles, California 1975. Executat in 200 de exemplare. The life of Nicolas Ceausescu, President of Romania. Romanian text, includes portrait. The first Romanian miniature book printed in the United States and one of the smallest Romanian books printed anywhere. Signed by Blau. Bound in red leather that is gilt stamped. B20th 6.

Orban, Mariana (Blau). Nicolae Ceausescu, His Life and Activity. Los Angeles, CA: Mariana Blau, 1976. 24 pp. 1 3/4″ x 1 5/16″. Colphon: Handset, printed and bound by Blau, Orban Mariana, Los Angeles, California, 1976. Black and white picture of Nicolae Ceausescu printed as frontispiece. Bound in navy blue leather with the title on the front cover and spine stamped in gold. B20th 7.

Horthy’s Atrocities in the North of Transylvania. Los Angeles, CA: Mariana Blau, 1977. 108 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 5/8″. This report was reprinted in miniature from a Romanian government publication about the occupancy of the Hungarian Fascist government in the northwest portion of Romania during World War II. Bound in red vinyl over boards with the title stamped in gold on the front cover. B20th 9.

Blau, Mariana. The Act of Union December 1, 1918. Los Angeles, CA: Mariana Blau, 1978. 28 pp. 2″ x 1 11/16″. Issued in honor of the 60th anniversary of the union of Romania with Transylvania and Banat following World War I. Letterpress, cloth boards. English text, grey leatherette, gilt stamped. B20th 10.

Trainonul. Los Angeles, CA: Mariana Blau, 1981. 45 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 5/8″. Edition of 100 copies. Romanian text describing the political history of Romania immediately following World War I. Bound in full red leatherette with the title gold-stamped on the spine. B20th 11.

Eftimiu, Victor. Niculina Called Prince Charming. Los Angeles, CA: Mariana Blau, 1981. 31 pp. 3″ x 2 1/4″. A Romanian Fairy Tale translated into English by Luiza Carol. Illustrations by Marcela Cordescu. Reprinted from a large size book printed in Bucharest in 1979. Binding by the publisher. Bound in full brown leatherette with the title gold-stamped on the spine and an illustration of a princess gold-stamped on the front cover. B20th 12.

Weber, Francis J. A Birthday Memoir. Los Angeles, CA: Mariana Blau, 1984. 17 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 9/16″. Colphon: Printed by Patrick Reagh & bound by Mariana Blau, Los Angeles, 1984. Signed by Francis J. Weber and by Mariana Blau. This is the smallest book printed by Patrick Reagh and is printed in honor of the 70th Birthday of Bela Blau, noted publisher and binder of miniature books. Bound in decorative boards with a dark brown (almost black) leather spine with the title gold-stamped on it. B20th 13.

Young, Bob. Just L. A. Memories in Line. Los Angeles, CA: Bela Blau, 1985. 2-3/4″ x 1-7/8″. Colphon: Designed, Written, & Illustrated by Bob Young. Printed by Phoenix Printing. Bound by Bela Blau, Los Angeles. Text printed on accordian fold paper with colorful illustrations. Bound in orange cloth with title and author stamped on front and title on spine. B20th: listed under Young 1.

Blau, Bela.  Presidents of the United States. Los Angeles, CA: Bela Blau, 1986. 86 pp. 2 1/4″ x 1 1/2″. B20th 15.