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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

ABCDarium of C.L. Helbert

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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.

ABCDarium of C.L. Helbert

Milwaukee, WI


Helbert, Clifford L. Ecce Littera, Vol. I, The ABCDarium of Clifford L. Helbert. Milwaukee: C.L. Helbert, 1987. B20th 1/1369.

Kerkow, Herbert. Duncan & Claypoole: Printers to George Washington and the American Congress. Milwaukee: ABCDarium of C.L. Helbert, 1988. 17 pp. 3 1/8″ x 2 ½”. Colophon: Produced inhonor of the Constitutional Bicentennial in an edition limited to 200 numbered copies. #11. Signed by Helbert. Printed on 100% rag paper. Black cloth, gold-stamped spine, with Richar de Bas Chinie light blue paper on boards. Binding by Campbell-Logan. B20th 2/1659.

Ross, Albion H. Peasants if the Vistula. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The ABCdarium of C.L. Helbert, 1988. 53 pp. 3-1/8″ x 2-3/8″. COLOPHON: Two hundred copies of this miniature edition have been produced with the permission of the author and the Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc. Illustrations were drawn by Don Ritchie. Body composition is in Lintotype Baskerville and its companion italic; Display type is handset in Palatino and its italic, designed by Herman Zapf. This is copy number 11, signed by the author. This book is an excerption from the 10th chaper of “Journey of an American”. Bound in green handmade paper boards with a green cloth spine. Title stamped in gold on the front cover and the spine. Enclosed in a clear plastic dust jacket. B20th 3/2591.

Osborne, Karen K. Mother Bickerdyke, Civil War Mother to the Boys. Milwaukee, WI: Blue & Grey Chap Books (Clifford Helbert-publisher), 1990. 96 pp. 2-15/16″ x 2-7/9″. Colophon: A limited edition of this miniature book has been produced using the assortment of display type and Bookman linotype composition for the body type, not to imitate the typography of the Civil War period, but to present the true story of a heroic woman in an appropriate context. Each copy of the regular edition is numbered. This is copy number 21. Bound in navy blue cloth over boards with the title gold-stamped on the spine. Enclosed inside a clear plastic dust jacket. B2 0th 4/2282.

Meynell, Alice. Reflections on Mortality in Prose and Poetry. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The ABCdarium of C.L. Helbert, 1991. 3″ x 2-1/2″. Colophon: Two hundred copies of this book have been printed in anticipation of the seventieth anniversary of Alice Meynell’s death. Palatino types have been used; foundry for the title page, and digitized composition for the rest. This is copy number 21. Title page and display lines are from the Stempel casting, and all body composition is from dot matrix printing using two different digital fonts. Bound in green cloth over boards with the last name of the author stamped in gold on the spine and a small gold decoration stamped on the front cover. Marbled endpapers. B20th 5.

Meynell, Alice. Unto Us a Son is Given. Arlene and Cliff Helbert, 1991. B20th: Not listed.

Meynell, Alice. Veni Creator. Arlene and Cliff Helbert, 1991. B20th: Not listed.

Helbert, Arlene and Cliff. The House of Christmas. n.p., 1994. 3″ x 2 ¼”. B20th: Not listed.