Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Bird and Bull 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.

Bird and Bull Press

North Hills, PA

1979-

Morris, Henry. An O’Henry Gift From Henry. N. Hills: Bird and Bull Press, 1978. Colophon: A long miniature scroll in which Henry Morris, the printer, recounts the story of printing his first and only miniature book for Anne and David Bromer. This scroll was pasted together from sheets of type he set for what was to be a second miniature entitled “The Gift of the Magi.” Henry abandoned the project in frustration and used the sheets as a Christmas greeting. The scroll measures 2 1/8″ wide and is enclosed in a plastic bottle with top, which measures 2 7/8″ from cap to base. An oddity, to be sure, with about 250 being bottled. B20th 12137.