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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Dawson’s Book Shop

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.

Dawson’s Book Shop

Los Angeles, CA

1949-1994

Lincoln, Abraham. An Address at the Dedication of the Cemetary at Gettysburg. Los Angeles: W.M. Cheny (Dawson’s Book Shop), 1949. For the Lincoln Fellowship of Southern California. 1 1/4″ x 1 7/8″, 11 pages. Bound in brown/red quarter cloth with printed paper sides. Copy #7 of 50. B20th 1/1833.

Bible. Old Testament. Psalme XXIII from the Bay Psalm Book. Los Angeles,CA: (Dawson’s Book Shop), 1960. 11pp. 3-1/8″ x 2-1/4″. Colophon: Printed by Muir Dawson from “The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre.” (Cambridge) 1640. This version of the loved 23rd Psalm is in meter & was sung by the Puritans in Massachusetts. It is reprinted from the first book to be printed in as well as first to be written in what is now the U.S. Bound in a grey paper cover with title printed in black on the front. B20th 2/399.

Lincoln, Abraham. Gettysburg Address. Bela Blau, 1963. #859 of 1000 copies. B20th 3.

Lincoln, Abraham. Gettysburg Address. Los Angeles: Bela Blau (for Dawson’s Book Shop), 1963. #954 of 1000 numbered copies. B20th 3.

Cheney, Wlliam M. Types in the Cases of William M. Cheney. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1961. 1 of 22 signed by Edwin Carpenter; total of 139. B20th 4/693.

Moore, Clement. Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas. Pasadena: Dawson Press, 1962. 13 pp. 1-9/16″ x 2-11/16″. Colophon: 200 copies printed letterpress and illustrated by Wm. M. Cheney. Published by Karen Dawson at 141 Anita Drive, Pasadena, California. Reprinted from The Troy Sentinel of December 23, 1823. This edition is dedicated to Myrtle Clark. Text printed in black with illustrations in red and green. Bound in green leather with title stamped in gold on the front cover and the last name of the author on the spine. B20th 5/2103.

Powell, Lawrence Clark. The Sea as Seen by El Sea Powell. Malibu: W.M. Cheney for Dawson’s Book Shop, 1962. 8 pp. 1-13/16″ x 1-3/8″. Colophon: About 200 copies printed by Wm. M. Cheney. Bound by Bela Blau. Published by Dawson’s Book Shop in Los Angeles: 1962. Bound in blue cloth over boards with title gold-stamped on the spine and a title label pasted on the front cover. Enclosed inside a white (yellowed) dust jacket with title printed in blue on the front cover. B20th 6/2419.

Cheney, William M. Fleecestreet’s Improved Pig Latin Grammar for Modern Scholars. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1963. 31pp. 2-7/16″ x 1-5/8″. Colophon: 200 copies printed at The Press in the Gatehouse. Bound by Bela Blau and are to be sold by Dawson’s Book Shop. Printed by William M. Cheney. Bound in brown marbled paper over boards with a dark brown leather spine. Pig Latin gold stamped on spine. B20th 7/686.

Friend, Jack. Captain Jack: Being the Reminiscences of a Sea Going Book Seller. Long Beach, CA: The Seahorse Press (Dawson’s Book Shop), 1963. 2 1/8″ x 1 3/4″. 32pp. Colophon: 300 copies set and printed by Wm. M. Cheney; bound by Bela Blau, for The Seahorse Press, Long Beach. 32 pages plus colophon. Decorations in text. Gold rules, brown leather, bookplate. Illustrated by William Cheney. John Friend was an employee of Dawson’s Book Shop, who was later a merchant Marine Captain. Bound in brown leatherette with title gold-stamped on the spine inside a red square and a gold-stamped border on front cover. B20th 8/1144.

Lincoln, Abraham. Gettysburg Address. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1963. 17 pp. 1 5/8″ x 1 3/8″. Letterpress and gilt leather by Bela Blau. #859 of 1000 copies and #216 of 1000 (five copies printed on vellum). B20th 9/1840.

Milne, A.A. The King’s Breakfast. Pasadena, CA: Karen Dawson (Dawson’s Book Shop), 1963. 23pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 ½”. Colophon: Of 75 copies illustrated, printed and bound by Maryline Poole Adams. This is 43. Printed by Karen Dawson with the help of Muir Dawson. Biographical note by M.D. Hurley. Bound in navy blue leather with a raised spine with the title in gold on a red square on spine. Signed by Adams. B20th 10/2089.

Robinson, W.W. Little History of a Big City, Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1963. 32pp. 2″ x 1 1/2″. Colophon: Printed by Saul & Lillian Marks at The Plantin Press, Los Angeles. Drawings by Irene Robinson. Paper and cloth bound with green design on cover and label with decoration on spine with title. B20th 11/2581.

Fernandez de Lizardi, Jose. Testamento del Pensador Mexicano. (Spanish text). Dawson’s Book Shop, 1963. 66 pp. 2 7/8″ x 1 13/16″. Letterpress, gilt leather. Printed and bound in Mexico. 300 copies (“para Dawson’s Book Shop”). B20th 12/1069.

Vizcayno, Sebastian. Jornada Principal de las Californias. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1963. 80 pp. 1 13/16″ x 1 1/2″. Text is in Spanish. Bound in red morocco leather by Juan Silva, gilt stamped on the front with a ship and on the back with a bird, with blue labels on the spine. G.M. Echaniz. Originally issued at $3.75. Contains documents relating to the 1602 expedition to California by Vizcaino. Hand set in Mexico. B20th 13/3006.

Cabrera, Luis. The Tragic Bomb. (English text). Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1964. 39 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 1/2″. Printed and bound in Mexico. A Mexican patriot’s plea for world peace. Black and white portrait used as frontispiece. Bound in full tan morocco with decorations on spine and front cover gilt-stamped. Title stamped on the front cover. Back cover is tooled. Text written in English, but the colophon is in Spanish. B20th 14/566.

Cabrera, Luis. La Bomba Tragica. (Spanish text). Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1964. 39 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 1/2″. Printed and bound in Mexico. A Mexican patriot’s plea for world peace. Black and white portrait used as frontispiece. Bound in full tan morocco with decorations on spine and front cover gilt-stamped. Title stamped on the front cover. Back cover is tooled. Text written in Spanish. B20th 15/565.

Pena, Carlos Gonzalaez. La Vida y la Obra de Altmirano. (Spanish text). Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1964. 30 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 1/2″. Printed and bound in Mexico 300 copies. (“para Dawson’s Book Shop). Text in Spanish. Bound in red leather with illustration and title on front cover and the wreath on the back cover all stamped in gold. B20th 17/2299.

McDonald, Thomas W. The 12 June 1539 Contracts. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1964. 81 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 1/2″. Printed and bound in Mexico. 300 copies. (“para Dawson’s Book Shop). The California printer translates the original documents relating to the establishment of the first printing press in the New World by Juan Cromberger and Juan Pablos. Bound in red leather with gold stamping and a metal clasp. Selected and designed by the late G.M. Echaniz of Mexico City. Hand-set by Arturo Morales Monterrubio or Jose Marin C. Bound in leather with gilt stamping and blind stamping by Juan Silva. B20th 18/2040.

Saldivar Y Silva, Gabriel. The Royal Letter, Patent of Privileges to the Heirs of Cromberger, July 5, 1542. (Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop), 1964. 52 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 1/2″. Printed and boundin Mexico. 200 copies. Edition of 100. Bound in brown leather with designs and title on the front cover stamped in gold. B20th 19/2616.

Churchill, Winston Spencer. Speech of June 4, 1940. Los Angeles, CA: (Dawson’s Book Shop), 1964. 7 pp. 1 3/8″ x 1″. For FRANKLIN AND JUDY MURPHY Printed at the Press in the Gatehouse April 10, 1964. Photographic portrait of Churchill included in the pagination. Gold-ruled, maroon leather. B20th 21/709 [with publication date incorrectly reported as 1963].

De La Fontaine, Jean. Trois Fables de la Fontaine. Pasadena, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1965. 21pp. 1 7/16″ x 1 1/6″. Printed and illustrated by William Cheney. French text bound in white vellum with the title gold-stamped on the spine. B20th 22/1719.

Muir, John. Climb the Mountains. Pasadena, CA: Karen Dawson (Dawson’s Book Shop), 1965. 16 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 1/2″. Colophon: Published by Karen Dawson. Printed by Glen Dawson. Bound by Bela Blau. Stamp of John Muir used as frontispiece. The first and only book printed by Glan Dawson. Edition of 40 copies. Bound in brown textured leather with author’s name gold-stamped on the spine. Yellow designed endpapers. B20th 23/2156.

Neal, Tom. Sixth and Figueroa. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1965. 29 pp. 2 13/16″ x 2 1/16″. Colophon: Printed by Wm. M. Cheney. Engraving by Dan Taylor. Bound by Bela Blau. Published by Karen Dawson. The first book of illustrations by Tom Neal. Hand colored illustrations. Forward by Tom Neal. Bound paper that looks like wood over boards with a black cloth spine with the title gold-stamped. Enclosed inside a tan dust jacket with title on the spine and front cover printed in black. Colored illustration on the front cover. B20th 24/2174.

Nethery, Wallace. Charles Lamb Bibliophile. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1965. 24 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2″. Colophon: Two hundred and fifty copies printed by Wallace Nethery from ATF Bulmer type. This is Copy #103. Inscribed to Charlotte & Tom Smith by Wallace Nethery. Also with presentation inscription to Achille St. Onge by Nethery on 10/5/65. Printed by Nethery from Bulmer Type. Bound in maroon leatherette with title gold-stamped on the spine. 250 copies. B20th 25/2210.

Burgess, Gelett. The Miniature Purple Cow. Pasadena, CA: Susan and Karen Dawson (Dawson’s Book Shop), 1966. 21 pp. 1 1/2″ x 2 1/8″. Colophon: Printed by Grant Dahlstrom. Bound by Bela Blau. Published by Susan Dawson and Karen Dawson, 141 Anita Drive, Pasadena. Text printed in purple ink. Bound in brown leather with “Burgess” gold-stamped on the spine and an illustration of a cow gold-stamped on the front cover. B20th 26/537.

Dawson, Glen. Paper Samples. (Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop), 1966. 53 pp. 1 3/8″ 1 1/8″. About the book: These paper samples were collected in May 1966 by Glen Dawson on a brief trip to Europe. Typoography by W. Cheney and Binding by Bela Blau. 26 paper samples. Bound in black fabricoid. B20th 27/868.

Muir, John. Climb the Mountains. Pasadena, CA: Karen and Susan Dawson (Dawson’s Book Shop), 1966. 12 pp. 1 5/8″ x 1 3/16″. Colophon: Published by Karen Dawson and Susan Dawson. Printed by Wm. M. Cheney. Bound by Bela Blau. Dedicated to William F. Kimes. Bound in orange-brown leather with Muir stamped in gold on the spine in a black square. B20th 28/2156.

Powell, Lawrence Clark. L.C.P’s Book about Book Shops. (second edition) Los Angeles, CA: Dawson & Boswell (Dawson’s Book Shop), 1966. 15 pp. 1 3/4″ x 1 1/2″. Colophon: Bound by Bela Blau. Printed by W. Cheney. Dawson & Boswell, publishers. Bound in brown leather with BOOK SHOPS gold stamped on the spine. B20th 29/2414.

Dawson, Muir. Study of Printing. Los Angeles, CA: (Dawson’s Book Shop), 1967. 6 pp. 3″ x 2 1/16″. Set in 10 point A.T.F. Caslon 471 by Muir Dawson. Printed on a royal octava Albion by members of U.C.L.A. Extension X459. B20th 30/871.

Koopman, Harry Lyman. Miniature Books. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1968. 103pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 5/16″. The type for this book was set for Bruce Rogers by Mackenze and Harris, but due to the death of Rogers, the type was unused for 12 years. Pages have a blue designed border and bound in white vellum with the title stamped on the spine in blue. 400 copies. B20th 32/1711.

Lamb, Charles. Witches and Other Night Fears. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1968. 52 pp. 2 5/8″ x 1 15/16″. Colophon: 125 copies printed at Los Angeles by Wallace Nethery. Inscribed to Charlotte & Tom in retrospect 5-3-87 by Wallace. Bound in extremely fine black leather with title stamped in gold on the spine. B20th 33/1722.

Gordon, Dudley. Birch Bark Poems of Charles F. Lumis. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1969. (Pasadena: Karen and Susan Dawson). 27 pp. 3″ x 2 1/2″. A sample of birch bark used as frontispiece. Illustrations printed on birch bark. Bound in green cloth with the title and author printed on the front cover. B20th 34/1208.

Whytock, Emily and Norman. Franciscan Missions of California. (2 copies) Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1969. 51 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 15/16″. ABOUT THE BOOK: 200 copies printed at The Press in the Gatehouse, Los Angeles. Emily Whytock is the granddaughter of Ernest Dawson. Illustrated and bound in linen over boards with a title label pasted on the front cover.B20th 35/3252.

Dawson, Mary Helen. Susan and Parker Smith. Pasadena, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1970. 2 3/16″ x 1 5/8″. Colophon: A collection of wrapping papers from shower and wedding gifts given to Mary Susan Dawson and Parker Ewing Smith. #12 of 21 copies. Printing by William M. Cheney. Binding by Bela Blau. A tipped in color photograph is used as frontispiece. Bound in light blue leather with red leather square on spine with title gold-stamped on it, and four raised bands. Red marbled endpapers. B20th 36/870.

Weber, Francis J. Up 65 Years to Larchmont. Los Angeles, CA: (Dawson’s Book Shop), 1970. 31 pp. 1 5/8″ x 1 3/16″. Colophon: Handset, printed and bound by Bela Blau, Los Angeles, California, 1970. Frontispiece of a picture of Dawson family and book shop by Tom Neal. Bound in green leather with title on front cover and press on spine both stamped in gold. B20th 37/3169.

Dawson, Muir. Study of Printing. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1971. 6 pp. 3″ x 2 1/16″. Set in 10 point A.T.F. Caslon 471 by Muir Dawson. Printed on a royal octavo Albion by members of U.C.L.A. Extension X459. B20th 38/872.

Cheney, William M. Fleecestreet’s Greek in a Nutshell. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1972. 57pp. 2 3/8″ x 1 13/16″. Bound by Bela Blau in brown marbled paper over boards with a brown calf spine. Greek is stamped in gold on the spine. Text contains a “More Errata” page insert. About 200 copies. B20th 41/685.

Dawson, Glen. Hungarians in the United States. Los Angeles, Dawson’s Book Shop, 1972. 15pp. 1-1/2″ x 1-1/4″. Colophon: Handset, printed and bound by Bela Blau, Los Angeles, California. August 20, 1972. Bound in white imitation vellum stamped in red, green, and gold. Title stamped in gold on the spine and the front cover. Written, printed and bound in less than a week as a barter book in Budapest. B20th 42/865.

Logan, Hershel C. Colonel Cal’lates. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1972. 51 pp. 2 7/16″ x 1 1/8″.

Letterpress and printed cloth boards by Bookhaven Press. #142 of 200. B20th 43/1862.

Weber, Francis J. Jake Zeitlin and the Big Red Barn. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1972. 17pp. 2-1/2″ x 1-11/16″. ABOUT THE BOOK: Printed and bound by Cathay Press Limited of Hong Kong. Frontispiece by Paul Landacre. Bound in orange-red cloth with title stamped in gold on the front cover.B20th 44/3120.

Dawson, Thomas. Early Events in the Life of Thomas Dawson. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1973. 30 pp. 2 5/16″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: 250 copies printed for Glen Dawson and Muir Dawson by William M. Cheney. Photograph of Thomas Dawson used as frontispiece. Thomas Dawson (1848-1938) was the grandfather of Glen and Muir Dawson. Bound in brown leather with Thomas Dawson gold-stamped on the spine. B20th 47/874.

Logan, Herschel C. Little Portraits of Famous Americans. Santa Ana, CA: (Dawson’s Book Shop), 1973. (74) pp. 2 5/8″ x 2 1/8″. Colophon: Steel die processing by Anthony F. ‘Tony’ Kroll, Pasadena, CA. Binding by Bela Blau, Los Angeles, CA. Book’s distribution by Dawson’s Book Shop, Los Angeles, CA. Edition limited to 250 copies, of which this is number 188. B20th 48/1877.

Powell, Lawrence Clark. The Desert as Dwelling on by L.C.P. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1973. 30 pp. 2 1/4″ x 1 3/4″. Colophon: 250 copies printed at the Press in the Gatehouse. Illustrations by Don Perceval. Printed by William M. Cheney. Bound in stiff handmade grey paper covers with a matching slipcase by Bela Blau. Title label affixed to the spine. B20th 49/2413.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. Prayers Written at Vailima. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1973. 61pp. 2 3/8″ x 1 13/16″. Colophon: 500 copies printed by Saul & Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press, Los Angeles. Wood engravings by Mary Kuper (30 pictorial gilt leather by Patron and de la Mauviniere). Introduction by Mrs. Stevenson and a note by Ellen Schaffer. Bound in orange paper boards with a beige spine. Title printed on the spine and a design is printed on the front cover in red. B20th 50/2822.

Charlot, Jean. Picture Book, Images and Verses. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1974. 1400 pp. 2 1/8″ x 2 1/4″. Edition limited to 300 copies, signed by Jean Charlot and initialed by Lynton R. Kistler. Lithography by Lynton R. Kistler. Inscriptions by Paul Claudel. Bound in white boards with title on front cover and author’s signature on spine both printed in black. Enclosed inside a beige dust jacket and kept inside a matching slipcase. B20th 51/670.

Weber, Francis J. Following Bernhardt Wall. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1974. 18 pp. 2 3/8″ x 1 5/8″. Colophon: 200 copies printed by Wm. M. Cheney. Intaglio reproductions by Tony Kroll. Bound in cream paper over boards with a black leather spine. Title gold-stamped on spine. B20th 52/3104.

Cheney, William M. ABC for Tiny Schools. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1975. 5/8″ x 1/2″. Printed by William Cheney for Dawson’s Book Shop. Bound by Bela Blau. This is the smallest publication of Dawson’s Book Shop so far. Bound in orange leather with ABC gold stamped on the spine. B20th 53/680.

Cheney, William M. Some Minor Book Plates. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1975. 23 pp. 1 3/4″ x 1 1/4″. Colophon: Somewhat under 200 copies printed for Dawson’s Book Shop by W.M. Cheney, and signed by him. Introduction by Audrey Arellanes. Bound in grey cloth with the title gold-stamped on the front cover. B20th 54/692.

Bliss, Carey S. Bibliography of Cheney Miniatures. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1975. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″. Colophon: 150 copies printed & bound by Vance Gerry, Pasadena. Signed by William Cheney. Bound in beige paper with red pattern over boards. Title label pasted on the front cover. Enclosed inside a white dust jacket with title on spine in black and title and illustration on the front cover printed in red. B20th 55/448.

Cheney, William M. Book of Pictures and Wise Words. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1976. 27 pp. 1″ x 7/8″.

Letterpress by author, printed paper boards by Bela Blau. B20th 56/683.

Jeffers, Robinson. The Desert. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1976. 5 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2″. Colophon: Printed by William Cheney from the first appearance in Occidental Mid-Winter Magazine, Occidental College (Highland Park), 1905. Edition of 200. Bound in pale red brick cloth with white title label pasted on the front cover. Black dotted border surrounding the title label. B20th 57/1600.

Cheney, William M. H. Dickson Arkwright’s Digest of a Journey Lately Undergone. (Los Angeles, CA): Dawson’s Book Shop, 1977. 20 pp. 2 1/8″ x 1 1/5″. Bound in brown cloth with the title stamped in gold on the spine. With four page pamphlet, “Carp’s Gloss to Arkwright,” laid in. Introduction: Although the title page says that this book was printed by Dillstrim, it was in fact printed by Cheney. Grant Dillstrim’s Castle Press was then, and still is, in Pasadena, not Eagle Rock. B20th 58/688.

De Grazia, Ted. De Grazia in Miniature. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1977. 9 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 3/8″. About this book: 100 copies printed by William Cheney. Contains 10 mounted color plates. Bound in orange brown cloth with title stamped in gold on the spine. B20th 59/877.

Rodriguez de Ilano, A. Falta una Pagina que Trate de Eso. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1978. 58 pp. 2 1/2″ x 1 15/16″. Spanish text printed on bright orange yellow paper. Exact reprint of a very rare South American miniature book printed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1932. Bound in red cloth with the author’s last name gold-stamped on the spine. B20th 60/2582.

McFadden, John M. Railroad & Buses. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1979. 27pp. 2 3/8″ x 2″. Colophon: Edition of 150 copies each with an original Pacific Electric ticket (affixed to back inside cover). Printing by William M. Cheney. Bound in blue cloth with author’s last name stamped in gold on the spine. Two gold-stamped lines run horizontally across the book from the front to back covers. B20th 61/2041.

Weber, Francis J. Minibibliophilia. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1979. 30 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″. Colophon: 250 copies reprinted from Hoja Volante Numbers 136 and 137 by Grant Dahlstrom at The Castle Press, Pasadena. Contains a tipped in book plate of Weber. Bound in marbled papers with leather spine, with gold stamping. B20th 62/3139.

Gerry, Vance. A Victorian Garden. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1980. (54) pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 5/16″. Colophon: 150 copies printed from the original blocks for Dawson’s Book Shop by Vance Gerry, The Weather Bird Press. Orange cloth and boards. B20th 63/1170.

Nethery, Wallace. Random Notes on Men, Women, and Books at USC. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1980. 51 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/16″. Colophon: Printed by the author from plates made by Pall Bohne; title page & foreword set, with the advice & consent of Lillian Marks, at the Plantin Press. Inscribed to Tom and Charlotte Smith by Wallace Nethery. This is an edition of 80 copies printed on Warren Oldstyle paper with red binding (which this is), and 70 copies on Curtis Rag Laid paper with black binding. Total copies in the entire edition is 150. This book includes random notes on: Gomperz collection, John Locke, Horace Walpole, Lloyd Arvidson, F.C.S Schiller, John Dewey, William James, Dorothy Halmos, and Saul & Lillian Marks. Text is reduced from Coranto set in type by Saul & Lillian Marks. Printed by Wallace Nethery. Bound in full red leatherette with the title stamped in gold on the spine. B20th 64/2222.

Weimann, Christopher. Marbling in Miniature. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Boook Shop, 1980. (360 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″.

Letterpress and printed marbled boards by Weimann assisted by Pall Bohne, Rene Patron, Steve Tabor and Ingrid Weimann. 12 tipped samples of Weimann marbled paper. 350 copies. B20th 65/3183.

Admoeit, Ruth E. An Original Leaf from the Newbery Bible, 1780. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1980. 18 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/16″. Colophon: 125 copies printed by William Cheney for Dawson’s Book Shop. First book printed by William Cheney in Downey, California. Bound in marbled paper over boards with brown calf spine and corners. Title gold-stamped on the spine. B20th 66/36.

Nethery, Wallace. Mr. H. in America Anonymus Redivivus. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1981. 23 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″. Colophon: 250 copies printed by the author from zinc plates made by Pall Bohne. Inscribed to Charlotte & Tom Wallace. Bound in green calf with title gold-stamped on the front cover by Bela Blau. B20th 67/2219.

Dawson, Glen and Mary Helen. Miniature Publications of Dawson’s Book Shop. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1981. 25 pp. 3″ x 2 7/8″. Colophon: This Check List is a revised version of our Miniature books List Number 102. To Caroline McGehee, our thanks are due for her suggestions. And thanks to E.H.Mundell of Portage, Indiana, for printing. A checklist compiled by Mary Helen and Glen Dawson. Bound in brown pyroxlin cover with title gold-stamped on the spine B20th 68/869.

Quayles, Bunston. Under 3 Inches. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1981. (4) pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/8″. Printed by Vance Gerry for the Miniature Occasion at Dawson’s Book Shop, June 6th, 1981. B20th 69/2460.

Poetry for Children. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1982. 46 pp. 3″ x 2″. Colophon: 150 copies have been printed by Wallace Nethery and bound by Bela Blau. “For Charlotte and Tom with much pleasure. Wallace”. Facsimile reprint of an obscure American juvenile based on the work of the same name by Charles and Mary Lamb. Blue leatherette, gilt stamped. The reprint of Poetry for Children was originally published in New Haven by J. Babcock and Son, 1820, and is reproduced by permission of the American Antiquarian Society. 150 copies. B20th 70/2380.

Nunis, Doyce B. Francis J. Weber, The Monsignor of the Archives. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1983. 32 pp. 2 1/4″ x 2″. Colophon: 250 copies were printed on Lana Laid Rag paper by Roger Hilleary at Monterey , California. Bembo types were handset and printed with a 1900 Chandler & Price pilot press owned by Edward Petko, M.D. The binding is by Bela Blau and illustrations by Anthony F. Kroll. Includes a list of miniature books written by Francis J. Weber, 1969-1983. Written, printed, illustrated, and published as a surprise salute honoring twenty years of service as Archivist of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 1962-1982. Bound in white paper over boards with a brown cloth spine. Title stamped in brown on spine. Illustration and title printed in brown on front cover. B20th 71/2256.

Landreth, Katherine G. The Pig, A Story. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1983. 16 pp. 2 1/2″ x 1 7/8″. In 1935 Ward Ritchie printed 25 copies which Dr. Bird gave to the young author for Christmas. Now in 1983 it is reprinted with an illustration of the pig by Gloria Stuart. It has been done on the Albion handpress of Laguna Verde Imprenta in an edition of 25 copies printed for Dawson’s Book Shop, plus a few extra copies for friends of the printer. The 22nd publication of the Laguna Verde Imprenta, with an introduction by the printer, Ward Ritchie. Since Ward Ritchie gave us his only miniature book we gave away all copies. This is the copy given to Anna Marie Hager. B20th 72/1724.

Nethery, Wallace. Charles Lamb’s Town and Country Revisited. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1983. 55 pp. 2 7/8″ x 3 1/16″. Colophon: 60 copies have been printed, responsibility being divided as follows: photographs by Corry Nethery; text & printing by Wallace Nethery; binding by Bela Blau. The Holy Lamb on the title page is the device of the Middle Temple, London, which stands adjacent to the Inner Temple, the place of Charles Lamb’s “kindly engendure.” #47 out of 60. Inscribed to Tom and Charlotte Smith from Wallace and Cory Nethery on 5/3/87. 12 tip-in illustrations from photographs, folding map, errata slip, and bound in black cloth over boards with title gold stamped on the spine and design of lamb on front cover. B20th 73/2211.

Cheney, William M. Autobiography of W.M.C. Dawson’s Book Shop, 1983. 35 pp. 2 15/16″ x 2 ½”. Colophon: Printing by W.M.C. Lithography and paper by george Kinney of The Catle Press. Frontispiece: A slate cut by David Kindersley, March, 1967. Binding by Bela Blau. Published by Dawson’s Book Shop. Edition of 190 copies. Includes, How to Print in One easy Lesson. Photgraphs by Grant Dahlstrom and Jake Zeitlin, September 1955. Bound in brown cloth. “AUK” on spine. B20th 74/682.

Bible. Old Testament. Psalm 128. Los Angles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop. 1983. 15 pp. 2 7/16″ x 1 3/4″. Colophon: 26 copies were handprinted on Peter’s paper for Donna’s 26th birthday presetn. Copy no. 6. Signed P. and D. Thomas. Full burgundy leather. Title stamped in gold on spine. B20th 75/397.

Weber, Francis J. The Grand Conclave. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1984. 2″ x 2 7/8″.

Edition of 125 copies printed by Richard J. Hoffman, Van Nuys, California. Preface by Mary Helen Dawson. An account of the formation of the Miniature Book Society in Ohio, 1983. Although the same information was printed twice before, this is the first miniature version, and one of the very few miniatures produced by Richard J. Hoffman. B20th 76/3110.

Nethery, Wallace and Corry. In Search of Max Beerbohm. Los Angeles,CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1984. 35 pp. 2 7/8″ x 3″. Colophon: The text and captions of the foregoing have been printed from type, handset, by Wallace Nethery; whereas the lithographic printing of Corry Nethery’s photographs is by George Kinney, the Castle Press, Pasadena, California. Binding of the approximately 100 copies is by Bela Blau. #1. ” For Charlotte and Tom, 5-3-87. Wallace” Bound in slate blue cloth with a gold stamped floral design on cover and title in gold on spine. B20th 77/2215.

Nethery, Wallace. Saul Marks Printer. (2nd edition). Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1984. 22 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 3/16″. Colophon: 40 copies printed by the author for Dawson’s Book Shop. This is #24 inscribed to Tom and Charlotte Smith. A tribute to Saul Marks of the Plantin Press. Bound in a light tan paper wrapper with a white title label affixed to the spine. B20th 78/2224.

Nethery, Wallace. Max & G.K.C. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1985. 50 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 3/16″. Colophon: 100 copies of MAX AND G.K.C. have been printed by Wallace Nethery from handset Monotype Bembo and Baskerville types and bound by Bela Blau. Inscribed to Tom & Charlotte Smith on 5-18-87 by Wallace and Corry Nethery. Illustrated with reproductions of caricatures of G.K. Chesterton by Beerbohm. Bound in white paper with red patterned design over boards with a red leather spine. Title gold-stamped on spine. B20th 79/2217.

Beerbohm, Max. Meditations of a Refugee. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1986. (51) pp. 1 13/16″ x 1 5/8″. Of this edition of 105 cpies printed by Wallace & Corry Nethery 5 copies have been bound by Rene’ Patron. First separate printing. Printed from type by Wallace and Cory Nethery by permissions of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. A delightful essay on smallness. In the early 1920s when Queen Mary’s Doll House was made, Max Beerbohm was one of the British authors who contributed a miniature manuscript for the Doll House. This first separate edition is the same size, and the green binding is similar to the original in Windsor Castle. The trade edition was bound in green leatherette. One of the leather volumes went to the Queen’s Doll’s House, one to Wallace Nethery. There were three for sale! Note by Wallace & Corry Nethery. B20th 80/303.

Nethery, Wallace. Second Lady Beerbohm. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1987. 109 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 ¼”. Colophon: 150 copies printed by Wallace Nethery primarily for Monotype Bembo types (handset) and bound by Bela Blau. “This is one of 8 copies “bound” by the printer”. “For Tom and Charlotte Smith, fondly, Corry and Wallace, Oct 14, 1987”. #7. In blue-grey cloth with paper label on spine. B20th 81/2225.

Dawson, Ernest. Visit with Dr. R. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1988. 2-1/2″ x 2-1/16″. 25pp. Colophon: Designed and executed by Robert E. Massmann. Printed at Art Press. Limited to 120 numbered copies, of which this is no.82. (A second issue of 25 copies was also printed). Bound in black vinyl over boards with a white title label affixed to the front cover. Hand cut filligree title page, with an illustration used as frontispiece. Enclosed inside a black board slipcase. B20th 82/864.

Dawson, Ernest. A Visit with Dr. R. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop,1988. 25 pp. 2 15/16″ x 2 3/16″. Colophon: 120 copies printed by Muir Dawson, 1948. 120 copies printed by Robert E. Massmann, 1968. 120 copies printed by Wallace Nethery, 1988. Marbled boards. An account of a visit in 1945 of Ernest Dawson to the Philadelphia home of Dr. A.S.W.Rosenbach, “the most fabulous of all bookmen.” Binding by Allwyn O’Mara of San Diego. B20th 82/864.

Nethery, Wallace. Beach-la-mar, The Trade Language of Melanesia. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1988. 43 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2-1/4″. Colophon: 75 copies printed and bound by Wallace & Corry Nethery at Los Angeles. Signed by Wallace Nethery. Bound in cream-colored and brown patterned paper in a batik design over boards. Title label pasted on spine. B20th 83/2209.

Mautner, Jozsef. The Story of My Life. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1989. 11 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2-3/16″. Colophon: 65 copies have been printed & bound by Wallace & Corry Nethery, Summer 1989. #13 of 65 copies bound in floral paper over boards with a title label on the spine. B20th 85/2020.

Nethery, Wallace. Victorian Idyll. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1989. 65 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 3/16″. Colophon: 65 copies of A Victorian Idyll, adapted from “Robert Balmanno, Father-in-Love,”, The American Book Collector, October and November, 1963, and containing at least one serious error (pg 46, line 2, for 1912 read 1902), have been printed and bound by Wallace and Corry Nethery, Summer, 1989. In multi-colored Italian paper over boards. Paper label on spine. B20th 86/2226.

Ritchie, Ward. Landacre and Quince. (Los Angeles, CA): Dawson’s Book Shop, (1989). 28 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″. Colophon: Fifty copies printed for Dawson’s Book Shop on an Albion press by Ward Ritchie. Contains engravings by Paul Landacre in three colors and two poems by Peter Lum Quince. Bound in black cloth over board with white paper pasted on the front cover with the title and an illustration printed in black. Black endpapers. B20th 87/2569.

Nethery, Wallace. Elia yet Again. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1990. 26 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″. Colophon: Fifty copies have been printed by Wallace Nethery & bound by Corry Nethery. Bound in blue marbled paper with title label pasted on the spine. B20th 88/2213.

Adomeit, Ruth E. An Original Leaf from the Kleine Print Bybel C.1750. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1991. 20 pp. 2 1/2″ x 1 13/16″. Colophon: 60 copies printed and bound by Pall Bohne for Dawson’s Book Shop in Los Angeles: 1991. The leaf is from a Dutch miniature Bible. Pall Bohne made the “Dutch gilt” papers used for endpapers and cover paper. Bound in paper over boards with red leather spine. Title gold-stamped on spine. B20th 89/35.

Nethery, Wallace. A Dissertation on Gravity. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1993. 34 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″. Colophon: Fifty copies have been printed by Wallace Nethery & bound by Bela Blau. Bound in white paper with gold patterned design over boards with a red leather spine. Title stamped in gold on spine. B20th 90/2212.

Nethery, Wallace. Little Books and Big Men. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1994. 37 pp. plus errata sheet letterpress. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″. Colophon: 50 copies have been printed by the author & bound by Mariana Blau. Inscribed to Tom & Charlotte Smith on 5-9-94 by Wallace and Corry Nethery. Bound in marbled paper over boards with orange cloth spine. Title gold-stamped on the spine. B20th 91/2216.

Dawson, Glen. Miniature Books, Written or Edited by Msgr. Francis J. Weber. Los Angeles, CA: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1994. 16 pp. 3″ x 2 3/8″. ABOUT THIS BOOK: A compiled list of Msgr. Francis Weber’s miniature books. Given as a keepsake at the 1994 Grand Conclave. Bound in bright yellow-orange paper cover with title printed on the front cover in black ink. B20th 92/867.

Dawson, Mary and Glen. Miniature Books. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Books Shop, 1989. B20th: Not listed.

Cheney, William M. Honoring Ward Ritchie on His 75th Birthday. Los Angeles: for Dawson’s Book Shop, 1980. 4 pp. 2 9/16″ x 2″. Invitation to a garden party at the William Andrew Clark Library. B20th: Not listed.

Weber, Francis J. A California Miniography. Reprinted from California Historical Society Quarterly for Dawson’s Book Shop, 1972. B20th: Not listed.

Davies, Powell. Our Malady. Pasadena: Muir Dawson, 1953. B20th: Not listed.

Cheney, William. Typesticker’s Lament. Los Angeles: Muir Dawson, 1956. B20th: Not listed.

Dawson, Mary Helen and Glenn. The Suppressed Portraits of WM. Cheney. Charleston. 1998. 6 pp., 7 cm. x 6 cm. Colophon: In 1983 just before William M. Cheney gave up printing, we asked him to write and print an Autobiography in miniature. Modestly he omitted an account of his notable printing career. William chose to use only eight of the thirteen illustrations supplied by George Kinney. Now in 1998 the missing portraits are issued as a keepsake for the Miniature Book Society 16th Grand Conclave. B20th: Not listed.