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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Bookhaven 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.

Bookhaven Press

Rosemead, CA


Bohne, Pall W. Haiku With Birds. Rosemead, CA: Bookhaven, 1967. #237 of 250. B20th 1.

Bohne, Pall W. Highlights in the History of American Whaling.Rosemead, CA: Bookhaven Press, 1968. 45 pp. 2 ½” x 1 7/8″. Colphon: This is the second book from Bookhaven press, which is the personal press of the author, who also functions as illustrator, typographer, compositor, printer and bookbinder. Bembo type was used in this edition of five hundred of which this is No. 216. ¼” black leather binding with gold stamped title and mottled grey paper sides. 500 numbered copies handset type in 3 colors. B20th 2.

Bohne, Pall W. Jabberwocky. Rosemead, CA: Bookhaven Press, 1971. 43 pp. 1-3/4″ x 2-5/8″. Colphon: For those interested in such things I’ll include some details of the making of this little volume. A variety of typefaces were employed, Libra was used for the main line on the title page, with Bembo used for the other display lines. The type used to handset the poem itself is something of a mystery. It was given to me by a printer of note, Mr. Grant Dahlstom of the Castle Press in Pasadena, Calif., who had received the font from an employee. Research on the part of Mr. Dahlstrom and myself has, thus far, failed to reveal the name of the type or its founder. The balance of the book is set in Palatino on the Intertype machine. The paper is Warren’s Eggshell, 60 lb. white, antique finish. The binding, which was done all by hand, used burgundy colored sciver leather and Frenchmade marbled paper over 10 ply Viking Blank boards. A brass type called Edinburgh was used to goldstamp the title on the spine. Printing was done on an Old Series 10 x 15 Chandler & Price platen press in an edition of 300 copies of which this is #8, signed by Pall Bohne. B20th 3.

Austin, Jane. Seven Letters from Jane Austin to Frank and Charles Austen. Crosscurrents: Bookhaven Press, 1992. #34 of 300 copies. B20th 4.

Selmer, Doris and Jerome. The First Museum of Los Angeles. Bookhaven Press, Arcadia, 1993. 3″ x 2 _”. Colphon: 200 copies printed and bound at Bookhaven Press, Alta Loma, California, using handset Bembo type and printed on 60 lb. Warren’s Eggshell paper. It was completed in August of 1993 for a private publishing venture by Doris and Jerome Selmer of Arcadia, Calif. Bound in original etching by Cheryl Barton-Klyver. Decorations in text. Printed boards with cloth spines. B20th: Not listed.