Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Flying Coffin 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.

Flying Coffin Press

Caulfield, MO


Fleming, Dick. The Marriage of Murphy and Sam. Caulfield, MO: Flying Coffin Press, 1981. 10 pp. 2-1/8″ x 2-13/16″. Colophon: This is the first miniature book to be issued by The Flying Coffin Press and it is dedicated to those two fine gentlemen, James Lamar Weygand & J. Hill Hamon, who both encouraged me to attempt the miniature format. (-Dick Fleming). All of the type used to print this book was set by hand, piece by piece, in a composing stick. Type set for the title page is 14 pt. Announcement Roman. The typeface for this, and three other pages, is 10 pt. Baskerville Italic. Type set to print the poem is 10 pt. Baskerville Roman. Printed at the sign of The Flying Coffin in Caulfield, Missouri during the month of April 1981 by Dick Fleming in a limited edition of 40 copies. This is copy number 33, signed by Dick Fleming. This poem is to commemorate the wedding of Michelle Shawn Fleming (Dick’s eldest of four daughters) & Samuel Ernest Vandiver III who were married at Santa Barbara, California on Saturday, March 28, 1981. Bound in black fabricoid with a red spine. Title stamped in yellow on the front cover. A Stanley Marcus bookplate is affixed to the inside front cover. B20th 1.