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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Figment Press

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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.

Figment Press

Mill Valley, CA


Weiss, Dianne. The Sun: Full Circle, South. (one of 4 vols. issued in a set by Splendid Press). Mill Valley, CA: Figment press, 1981. 16 pp. 2″ x 2″. Letterpress, printed paper boards. This book was produced by hand at the Figment Press by Dianne Weiss in collaboration with the Sunflower, Poole and Feathered Serpent Presses. The type is handset Bulmer printed on English mould-made paper from T.H. Saunders. Each book is handbound. Of 120 copies, this is no. 7. B20th 1.

Weiss, Dianne. The Whimisical French Alphabet from 19th Century. Mill Valley, CA: Figment Press, 1983. 34 pp. 2 ½” x 2 3/8″. Colophon: This book was etched and handcolored by Dianne Weiss in an edition of fifty numbered copies. Number 16. Signed Weiss. Etched with aquatint, printed intaglio and hand colored. originally lithographed in the 19th Century. Red paper bound with a 4 colored label. B20th 2.

Weiss, Daniel. The Little Bear Who…. Mill Valley, CA: Figment Press, (1985). 14 pp. 2 5/8″ x 2 1/4″. Colophon: Letterpress, printed paper boards. Hand-colored illustrations. Postage stamp. This bookwas designed, handset and printed by Dianne Weiss at the Figment Press, Mill Valley, California. From an edition of 150 this is copy No. 111. A hand-made miniature written by Daniel and illustrated by Dianne, with a fold-out center. B20th 3.

La Rue, Louise. The Cardboard Court. Mill Valley, CA: Figment Press, 1987. 42 pp. 3 1/16″ x 2 3/8″. Letterpress, cloth boards, printed label, slipcase printed paper boards forming a playing card box. Hand-colored illustrations. Edition of 65 copies, signed by designer, printer and binder. B20th 4.

Weiss, Dianne. Carrousel. Mill Valley, CA: Figment Press, 1988. 2 3/8″ x 2 5/8″. 8 panels of hand-colored carrousel animals, reflecting background. Cloth boards, binding folds back to make a circular carrousel. Hand-colored illustrations. #3 of 100 copies. B20th 5.

Weiss, Dianne. Gardens of Pompeii. Mill Valley, CA: Figment Press, 1988. 39 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 7/8″. Colophon: This book has been printed and bound at the Figment Press. Of 50 copies, this is no. 6, signed by Dianne Weiss. Bound in light green cloth over boards with a white title label affixed to the front cover. Pink floral patterned endpapers. Illustrations printed in color and many are hand colored. Two cutouts give the effect of a peep show. B20th 6.