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Desert 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.

Desert Press

Green Valley, AZ

1983-

Beamer, Esther K. That Comet. Green Valley, AZ: Desert Press, 1985. 36 pp. 2 5/8″ x 2″. Colophon: Printed and hand bound by John and Gizella Lathourakis of Tabula Rasa Press using Garamond type and printed on a Vandercook press on Old Council Tree (100% rag) paper in an edition of 325 copies. Book design by Esther K. Beamer. This is copy No.37, signed by Esther Beamer. Bound in dark blue synthetic with a silver cover plate representing a comet and the title stamped in silver on the spine. Blue illustrated endpapers. B20th 1.

Beamer, Esther. Treasure. Green Valley, AZ: Desert Press, 1985. 37 pp. 2 5/8″ x 2″. Colophon: Produced by John and Gizella Lathourakis of Tabula Rasa Press using Garamond type and printed on a Vandercook press on Old Council Tree (100% rag) paper in an edition of 125 copies. Book design by Esther K. Beamer. This is copy #26 signed by Esther K. Beamer. Bound in red fabricoid with an iron grill door printed in black on the front cover and title on spine. Red designed endpapers. B20th 2.

Beamer, Elmer and Esther. We Remember. Green Valley, AZ: Desert Press, 1983. 77pp. 2 1/2″ x 2″. Colophon: The typefaces used in this book are Optima and Granjon; the paper is Olde Style Wove. Printing and binding were done on hand-operated equipment. Designed, typeset, and printed by John P. Lathourakis. The hand-done Chitsu binding is by Gizella Lathourakis. The publication was entirely done, for the Beamers, at Tabula Rasa Press in Morro Bay, California. The edition consists of 250 copies. Printed for the Beamer’s 50th Anniversary. Bound in Japanese binding stitched with a gold thread in green paper with gold endpapers. Enclosed inside a three part fold over green paper case lined with gold foil and fastened with a white dove in a green leather loop. B20th 3.

Beamer, Esther. I Hate Commas. Green Valley, AZ: Desert Press, 1985. 12 pp. 3 1/16″ x 2 3/8″. Colophon: Esther typed this on an IBM Wheelwriter 5 using daisy wheel Prestige 15 which types 15 letters to the inch. (She loves it for its minibook effect.) 100 copies were Xeroxed and simply bound by Esther and Elmer. Figured paper. Interior typed. (Two Copies). B20th: Not listed.