Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Anne and David Bromer

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.

Anne and David Bromer

Bostson, MA


Roscoe, William. The Butterfly’s Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast.Anne and David Bromer, 1977. 20 pp. 2-7/16″ x 1-15/16″. Colphon: This book was designed and printed at the Chamberlain Press in Easthampton, Mass. in March 1977. The type is Goudy, the paper is Kitakata, & the illustrations are wood engravings. The binding is by E.G. Parrot. Of 150, this is number XIX, signed by Sarah Chamberlain. Marbled endpapers. Bound in full green leather with the title on the front cover and spine stamped in gold, along with decorations on front and back covers. Contains an extra set of illustrations signed by the artist in an envelope that matches the endpapers affixed to the inside back cover. B20th 1/2587.

Dickinson, Emily. Poems of Life. Cambridge: Anne and David Bromer, 1977. #24 of 25 deluxe copies. B20th 2/923.

Morris, Henry. NO. V-109, The Biography of a Printing Press. Boston, MA: Anne and David Bromer, 1978. 30 pp. 2 3/8″ x 1 7/8″. Printed letterpress by Bird and Bull Press, cloth boards by E. G. Parrot. 150 copies (35 deluxe gilt leather with onlays). B20th 3/2138.

Chandler, John Greene. Remarkable History of Chicken Little.Watertown, MA: Anne and David Bromer, 1979. #III of 35 deluxe copies; 150 copies total. B20th 4/667.

Chamberlain, Sarah. A Bestiary. Anne and David Bromer, 1979. Colphon: This book was printed at the Chamberlain Press & Bound by Sallie Ruff. The paper is Troya & the type is Cancelleresca. Of an edition of 125 this is number 23. Signed by J. Chamberlain. Sally Ruff was unable to complete the binding, but Allan Carpenter of the Green Dragon Bindery was able to complete it. This is #23 of 35 deluxe copies bound in silk with vellum spine. An extra suite of signed engravings accompany the book and are laid into a folding box. B20th 5/666

Edwards, Nancy Chandler. An Alphabet Book. Anne and David Bromer, 1981. 1-1/4″ x 1″. 28pp. Colphon: Of 40, this is number 14 published by Anne & David Bromer. All letters are water colored with delightful naturatl objects. Bound in full blue morocco with raised bands on spine at the Green Dragon Bindery. Delicate hand-embroidered bookmarks in yellow, blue, and red. Blue marbled endpapers. B20th 6/1008.

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Cask of Amontillado. Bromer Press. #XIV of 35 deluxe copies; 150 copies total. B20th 7/2348.

Horace. Carmina Sapphica. Boston: Ashendene Press, 1983. 46 pp., 1 3/8″ x 1″.46pp. Colphon: Printed at the Ashendene Press, Shelley House, ___ Sea, by St. John and Cicely Horsby for the library of Queen Mary’s Doll’s House in this merrie month of may of the year MCMXXIII. Edition of 150 copies. Bound in full morocco with gilt-ruled borders on the covers, raised bands on the spine, and all edges gilt. Binding by David Bourbeau of the Thistle Bindery and is housed in an elegant quarter-leather tray case. The text includes an introduction by Michael Hornby, son of the Ashendene’s propietor, explaining the history of the book. Also brief notes by printer and published. Printed on the plates of the Horace commissioned for Queen Mary’s Doll’s House in May 1923. Fewer than ten copies of the book were printed at that time. This edition was printed by Linnea Gentry of Amaranch Press on the original Ashendene Albion handpress housed at the Bridwell Library of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. B20th 8.

Gorey, Edward. The Eclectic ABCDariam. Anne and David Bromer, n.d. 80 deluxe hand-colored copies signed by Gorey; 400 copies total. B20th 9/1210.

Clemens, Samuel. Mark Twain Compliments the President’s Wife. Anne and David Bromer, 1984. Edition of 200 of which 50 are deluxe, which this is… B20th 11/715.

Bromer, Anne C. Miniature Books Deserve More Respect. Boston, MA: Bromer Booksellers, 1985. (12) pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″ Printed by Colonial Printing for Bromer Booksellers, Inc. in an edition of 750 copies. A sampler of decorative papers used in making the covers and endpapers of miniature books. Splendid Press Keepsake, 1985. B20th 12/501.

Shakespeare, William. Shall I Die?  Shall I Fly? Boston, MA: Anne and David Bromer, 1986. 21 pp. 2 3/8″ x 1 5/8″. Letterpress by Firefly Press, silver stamped paper boards by Barbara Blumenthal. Calligraphy by Suzanne Moore. 160 copies (deluxe with hand-colored illustrations, gilt leather binding with onlays). B20th 13/2709.

Gould, Robert. Twelve of Hearts. Boston, MA: Anne and David Bromer, 1982. 2 5/8″ x 2 3/16″. Colphon: This manuscript was conceived and designed by Robert Gould. Calligraphy by Colleen. An edition of 36 copies, this is number 22. Bound in full vellum with red silk laced ribbons at spine and gold titling. B20th 14/1214.

Gorey, Edward. Q.R.V. Boston, MA: Anne and David Bromer, 1989. 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″. Colphon: Q.R.V. is limited to 400 copies. Of these 110 are hand colored in metallic casein, of which 85 are for sale. Darrell Hyder printed the book, and Barbara Blumethnal bound it. This is copy 20. Signed Edward Gorey. 29 verses and pictures. Leather spine label and black cloth slipcase. B20th 15/1212.

Calendar printed for Anne and David Bromer. Madison, WI: Rare Avis Press, 1980. 2 3/4″ x 2 7/8″. The symbols by Marta Anderson and Palatino and ornaments from The Pickering Press are printed on leaves of Roma, bound by hand in flowering Richard de Bas. To welcome the new decade this edition of 150 was designed and printed for Anne & David Bromer at The Rara Avis Press in Madison, Wisconsin. This is copy 140. Greeting from Anne and David Bromer. Haiku by Juliet Bromer. Calendar for 1980, includes tassle and bead. B20th: Not listed.

Moore, Suzanne. A Transplanted New England Gardener’s Alphabetical Delirium ABC. Anne and David Bromer, n.d. Edition of 26 lettered copies. B20th: Not listed.

Walker, Anne. Coquelicots. Paris, Bromer Press, 1986. Edition of 5 copies; #2 of 5. B20th: Not listed.