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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

The Gilguy 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.

The Gilguy Press

Portsmouth, OH


The Diary of Phoebe Chaffin Salladay. Portsmouth, OH: The Gilguy Press, 1980. 62 pp. 3″ x 2 3/8″. Colophon: THIS book was produces using hand set Garamond type, my own handmade paper, a 6 x 10 Kelsey handpress, and hand bound at the Gilguy Press, Portsmouth, OH, 45662, Linda Donaldson, prop. Being a first effort, it has typographical atrocities and inconsistencies which I now know how to avoid. Thank you J.H. Hamon, Whippoorwill Press, for teaching me. Salladay was one of the founders of the city of Portsmouth, OH. The diary records events from 1810 until 1847. Copy 71 of 200. B20th 1

Jones, Alberta Elkins. A Tale from Horseford. Portsmouth: Gilguy Press, 1982. 2 ¼” x 2″. Colophon: The second book of the press is in handset Garamond type in 2 editions. 100 copies are on my own handmade paper, 200 on Ingres Antique. Printed on a 6×10 Kelsey and hand-bound by Linda Donadlson, proprietor. Copy Number: 19. Signed Linda Donaldson. A turn of the century true story told by the grandmother of the publisher and written down by her aunt, Alberta Jones. B20th 2.

Bovin Bargaining. Portsmouth: Gilguy Press, 1984. 3 5/16″ x 2″. Colophon: Copy number 12. Signed Linda Donaldson. 3 colors, 15 pages. Illustrated, partially by hand. Handset Garamond types, printed on an 8×12 C&P. 100 copies on 20 lb. bond, bound in boards and bookcloth, at $8.00. 100 copies on 100% Rag Weston, in boards and cotton cloth, which this is. All labor by Linda Donaldson. B20th 4.

Jones, Alberta Elkins. A Second Horseford Tale. Portsmouth: The Gilguy Press, 1985. 2 ½” x 2″. Colophon: This 4th book was handset in 8 pt. Garamond type, printed on an 8×12 Chandler and Price press in an edition of 200. A special ‘Thanks’ to Jamie Donaldson Photography, Georgetown, Ky. Linda Donaldson, prop. of The Gilguy Press, 1923 20th Street, Portsmouth,OH 45662. Copy Number 16. Printed on Warren’s Letterpress paper. 11 pages. Photo of the Dirty Eight. Binding are boards with quarter binding of brown and black bookcloth or blue cotton fabric of blue leather, which this is. printed and bound by Linda Donaldson. Signed by author, and publisher. B20th 5.