Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Benzinger Brothers

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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.

An October 2008 posting to the Exlibris listserve by the bookseller firm of Margolis and Moss offered this information about this company: “Founded in Switzerland in 1792 by Joseph Charles Benziger, the firm of Benziger Brothers started by selling religious articles. By 1833 they were focusing on book publishing and in 1853 the firm established an office in New York City. Their focus was the publication of Catholic books in the field of devotional, educational and juvenile literature.”

Benzinger Brothers

New York

The Child’s Prayer-Book: Instructions and Prayers for Catholic Children. New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benzinger Brothers, 1914 [?]. 3 3/4″ x 2 7/16″. 188pp.
Leather, gold stamped decoration on front cover, blind stamped back cover. Gold stamped title on spine. B20th not listed. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems.