Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Compulsive Printer of Portage, Indiana

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.

Compulsive Printer of Portage, Indiana

Portage, IN


D’Ambrosio. Emily and Oscar. Portage: The Compulsive Printer, 1980. 31 pp., 2 7/8″ x 2 ½”. Colophon: This edition of Emily and Oscar has been set in 8 pt Caslon and printed on a No. 3 Vandercook proof press. This is copy number 19 of 75 copies and 7 artist proofs. Signed D’Ambrosio. Signed E. Mundell, printer. Bound in Mexican bark cloth and Creeping fig leaves. End sheets of rice paper. B20th 2.

D’Ambrosio, Joseph. The Little Sand Crab. Sherman Oaks, CA: Joseph J. D’Ambrosio, 1981. #7 of 75. B20th 4.

Hammett, Mary Jane. The Crusader. Sherman Oaks, CA: D’Ambrosio, 1980. 36 pp., 2 15/16″ x 2 3/8″. Colophon: This edition of The Crusader has been set in 10 point Baskerville and printed on a No. 3 Vandercook proof press by the Compulsive Printer on Mohawk Superfine paper. Dec., 1980 This is copy No. 5 of 85 copies and 5 artist proofs. D’Ambrosio. Mundell, printer. Signed Mundell 36 pages with original engravings. The binding is quite unique, incorporating acetate covered cut-aways front and back highlighting Crusaders shields on the end papers. Taken from the August 1923 issue of Smart Set and probably written by Dashiell Hammett. B20th 5.