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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.

Bronte Press

Manteno, IL

1977-

Wilkey, Elmira (Smith). The Bronte Castle Alphabet. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1981. 30 pp. 1 1/8″ x 7/8″. Book illustrated with original wood engravings by Elmira Wilkey. Designed to fit into a walnut shell. 100 copies. In presentation box. B20th 1/3274.

Franklin, Benjamin. Benjamin Franklin’s Letter on Taking an Older Wman as a Mistress. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1983. 20 pp. 2-13/16″ x 3-1/16″. Colphon: Printed by hand from 10 Pt. Caslon Old Style type on hand made paper from Barcham Green of England in an edition of 50. Signed by Suzanne Granzow-Pruchnicki. Ilustrated with appropriately lascivious illustrations. Bound in pink marbled paper covers over boards. Deluxe edition hand-colored in the manner of 18th century books. B20th 2/1132.

Wilkey, Elmira (Smith). The Good Cook, Regional Recipes of Southern Indiana. Manteno, IL:  Bronte Press, 1983. 12 pp. 2-15/16″ x 2-1/4″. Colphon: A recipe book with hand colored illustrations by Elmira Wilkey. Bound in green floral patterned paper over boards with brown title label pasted to the front cover. Brown endpapers. B20th 3/3275.

Pruchnicki, Suzanne Granzow. (editor). A Thing of Beauty. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, (1984). 38 pp. 3″ x 2-1/8″. A collection of famous lines on beauty. Printed by hand in an edition of 40 copies and bound in a unique Japanese paper over boards with title label on the front cover. Japanese paper used for text. B20th 4/2449.

Pruchnicki, Suzanne Smith. Mishka and the Magic Picture. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1984. 37 pp. 2-5/16″ x 3-1/16″. Colphon: This book has been printed in an edition of 200 copies. The type is 6 point Souvenir Light Italic. Copy #10 signed by Suzanne Smith Pruchnicki. This is the deluxe edition with hand colored illustrations. Printed on ecru paper with 18 original drawings by Suzanne Granzow-Pruchnicki. Bound in tan linen over boards with title stamped on the spine. Paper label with illustrations and title pasted on the front cover. B20th 5/2443.

Sevigne, Madame de. Letters from the Loire, Excerpts from the Letters of Madame de Sevigne. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1984. 22 pp. 2-5/8″ x 3-1/16″. Colphon: Illustrated, edited and printed letterpress in an edition of 40 copies by Suzanne Smith Pruchnicki. Copyright Summer 1984. Signed by Suzanne Smith Pruchnicki. Text printed on rose colored paper with hand colored illustrations. Bound in gray silk over boards with pink paper illustration pasted in the upper right hand corner of the front cover. Gray endpapers featuring a 17th century map of the Loire. B20th 6/2670.

Franklin, Benjamin. Turning the Grindstone, A Cautionary Tale. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1985. 20 pp. 2-5/8″ x 3″. Colphon: Hand-set and printed by hand in 10 pt. Caslon Oldstyle and Italic types in an edition of 150 by illustrator Elmira Smith Wilkey, of which this is Number 21, signed by Elmira Smith Wilkey. Bound in marbled paper over boards in colors reminiscent of early American dyestuff. Orange-brown colored cloth spine wrap with title lable pasted on the spine. B20th 7/1139.

Bewick, Thomas. The Swallow and Other Birds. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, (1984). 10 pp. 2-5/8″ x 2-15/16″. Colphon: Printed by hand in 10 pt. Caslon Old Style type on Japanese paper in an edition of 100 copies. Signed by Suzanne Granzow Pruchnicki. Bound in burgundy red card stock covers with paper title label pasted on the front cover. Tied together with a white string. B20th 8/345.

Ronsard, Pierre de. Poems de Pierre de Ronsard. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1985. 26 pp. 3-1/16″ x 2-5/16″. Colphon: These poems have been printed by hand from Baskerville Olde Style and Italic types in an edition of 50 copies. Illustrated and hand colored by Suzanne Smith Granzow-Pruchnicki. Copyright Summer of 1985. Signed by Suzanne Smith Granzow-Pruchnicki. Five love poems with English translation and a biographical sketch of Ronsard. Contains hand colored illustrations of Marie Dupin, Helen de Surgeres, and Cassandre Salviati. Title page designed in a 16th century style. Bound in floral paper over boards with a cloth spine wrap. Title label pasted on the front cover. B20th 9/2584.

Pruchnicki, Suzanne Smith. Costume for Elizabeth. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1985. 29 pp. 2-1/2″ x 1-7/8″. Colphon: Number 12 in an edition of 75 copies. Signed by author. Hand colored illustrations by Suzanne Pruchnicki. Bound in pink paper over boards with a title label pasted on the front cover. B20th 10/2436.

Nussey, Ellen. Reminiscences of Charlotte Bronte by Her Friend, Ellen Nussey. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1985. 28 pp. 3″ x 2-3/16″. Colphon: Printed in Paladium Italic type in an edition of 75 of which this is number 21. Signed by Suzanne Smith Granzow-Pruchnicki. Written in 1981 by Charlotte’s friend, Ellen Nussey. Printed on lavender paper with hand colored illustrations by Suzanne Smith Granzow-Pruchnicki. Abridged for the modern reader. Bound in floral paper over boards with a grey silk spine wrap. Purple title label pasted on the front cover. B20th 11/2257.

Bacon, Sir Francis. On Books and Studies. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1985. 4 pp. 3″ x 2 1/4″. Signed by Suzanne Granzow-Pruchnicki. B20th 12/245.

Pruchnicki, Suzanne Smith. Bronte Ballet Book. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1986. 48 pp. 3″ x 2-1/4″. Colphon: Written and illustrated by the artist-printer, Suzanne Granzow Pruchnicki, and printed from hand set 8 pt Goudy Light type on French blue paper by Crescent, an edition of 90 copies of which this is copy number 17. Signed by Suzanne Granzow-Pruchnicki. A history of ballet from Louis XIV to Baryshnikov. 23 hand colored illustrations. Endpapers feature a hand colored illustration of Anthony Dowell against a ballet scene. Hand sewn over tapes and bound over boards in Japanese Sumiegashi paper. Title label is stamped in 24K gold. B20th 13/2428.

Pruchnicki, Suzanne Smith. Christmas with Dickens. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1986. 16 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/8″. Colphon: Letterpress printed in 8 point Goudy Light type in an edition of 100 copies of which this is number 43. Signed by Suzanne Granzow Pruchnicki. Contains recipes for various foods and drinks. Illustrated and printed by Suzanne Granzow Pruchnicki. Bound in red leather with title stamped on the front cover. Marbled endpapers. B20th 14/2435.

Pruchnicki, Suzanne Smith. Pleasurable Venice. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1987. 24 pp. 2 1/4″ x 3″. Colphon: Hand printed from hand set 8 point Goudy Old Style type in an edition of 100 copies by printer-illustrator and hand colorer, Suzanne Smith Granzow Pruchnicki. This is #38 signed by Suzanne Granzow Pruchnicki. Contains many quotations from many different authors. Bound in blue leather with title stamped in gold on the front cover. B20th 15/2445.

Carlyle, Thomas. On Books. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1987. 2 pp. 2 ¾” x 2″. Hand pressed. Signed by Suzanna Amzaro Pruchnichi. B20th 16/595.

Petrarch. Books. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, n.d. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″. Colphon: Printed on Fabriano paper in Caslon Oldstyle type by The Bronte Press. Bound in maroon paper with title label pasted on the front cover. Tied together by a white string. B20th 17/2319.

Andersen, Hans Christian. Princess and the Swineherd. Manteno IL: Bronte Press, 1988. 24 pp. 2-5/8″ x 2″. Colphon: Printed from hand set 8 pt. Goudy Old Style type, & hand colored by Suzanne Smith Pruchnicki in an edition of 100 copies of which this copy is number 37. Signed by Suzanne Pruchnicki. Text printed on pink paper. Bound in burgundy leather with marbled endpapers. Title stamped in gold on the front cover. B20th 18/93.

Pruchnicki, Suzanne Smith. Bronte Garden Book. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1988. 2-1/8″ x 2-3/4″. Colphon: Hand printed from hand set Goudy Old Style 8 pt. type. Illustrated and hand-colored by Suzanne Smith Pruchnicki in an edition of 100 copies of which this is number 76. Signed by Suzanne Smith Pruchnicki. Text printed on light green paper with famous lines and illustrations of gardens and flowers. Bound in spring green leather with title stamped in gold on the front cover. B20th 19/2430.

Pruchnicki, Suzanne Smith. Books as Companions. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1988. (4) pp. 2 5/8″ x 2″. Letterpress, paper wrappers. Illus. B20th 20/2426.

Pruchnicki, Suzanne Smith. Christmas in the Olde Coaching Days. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1989. 22 pp. 2-1/8″ x 2-3/4″. Colphon: Letterpress printed in an edition of 75 copies. This is #13 signed by Suzanne Pruchnicki. Contains nine hand colored illustrations. Text printed on yellow tinted paper. Bound in floral paper over boards with title label pasted on the front cover. B20th 21/2434.

Hale, Charles. An American Visits Haworth. Bronte Press: 1989. Gift of Robert C. Bradbury. B20th 23/1280.

Pruchnicki, Suzanne Smith. Bronte Book of Famous Beauties. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1990. 32 pp. 2-3/4″ x 2-1/8″. Colphon: Letterpress printed in 8 point Garamond Italic type in an edition of 75 copies of which this is number 64. Signed by Suzanne Pruchnicki. Text printed on pink paper with hand colored illustrations by Suzanne Pruchnicki. Bound in synthetic floral paper over boards with paper title label pasted on the front cover. B20th 25/2429.

Pruchniki, Suzanne Smith. Elizabeth Goes to Scotland. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1990. 32 pp. 2-1/2″ x 1-1/2″. Colphon: Letterpress printed, illustrated, and hand colored in an edition of 60 copies of which this is number 6. Signed by author. Bound in synthetic white paper with blue illustrations. Title label pasted on the front cover. B20th 26/2437.

Forbes, Alexandra. Bonnie Books. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1990. 3 pp. 3 ” x 2 1/4″. Letter press. Purple flower on cover. B20th 27/1099.

Hoar, Nancy Cowley. The Brontes’ Floral Year. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1991. 26 pp. 3″ x 2 3/8″. Colphon: Letterpress printed from 8 pt. Garamond Italic type in an edition of 60 copies. This is copy #36 signed by Suzanne Pruchnicki. Illustrations by Suzanne Pruchniki. Text printed on pastel green with colored illustrations. Bound inside floral paper over boards with title label on the front cover. B20th 28/1452.

Smythe, Susannah. Great Literature. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1991. (2) pp. 2 1/2″ x 2″. Letterpress, pictorial wrappers. B20th 31/2768.

Wyeth, N.C. On Books. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1997. (2) pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/8″. Letterpress, pictorial wrappers. B20th 48/3309.

A Love Letter from John Keats. Bronte Press, 1981. 4-5/16″ x 3-1/2″. Colphon: Hand set in 10 pt. Caslon Old Style type, with etchings printed on handmade paper from Barcham Green of England in an edition of thirty-five of which this copy is number 10. Text printed on rose paper with gray endpapers. Contains two original etchings of Keats and Fanny Brawne. Bound in marbled paper over boards with title label pasted on the front cover. B20th: Not listed.

Granzow, Hermione Suzanne, and Elmira Smith Wilkey. A Bouquet of Wild Flowers. Manteno, IL: Bronte Press, 1979. #58 of 150 copies. B20th: Not listed.

Adams, John (1780). Letter to Abigail. MBS Conclave: Bronte Press, 1998. Scroll Style. B20th: Not listed.

Irving, Washington. The Mutability of Literature. Manteno, IL: The Bronte Press, n.d. B20th: Not listed.