Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Gordon Williams

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.

Note: see also William Cheney for use (?) of this name.

Gordon Williams

Napa, CA


Franklin, Benjamin. Improvements Backwards: A Letter to Noah Webster. Napa: Gordon Williams, 1987. 18 pp. 3″ x 2 9/16″. Colophon: The type used in this book is 8 point Bembo, hand set, printed on Warren’s Olde Style paper with a Washington hand press. 2 copies. One contains “Mrs. Thomas Smith with best wishes, Gordon Williams” on the frontispiece. The other signed by author on back page under colophon. Paste paper over boards with printed label. Letter of December 26, 1789 printed from the original draft in the Library of Congress. B20th 1.