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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Richard H. Hoffman

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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.

Richard H. Hoffman

Los Angeles, CA


Petko, Edward. Fine Printing and the 80’s. Los Angeles: Hilleary and Petko [i.e., Columbian 415 Chappel, a group mentored by Hoffman], 1980. 33 pp., 2 13/16″ x 2 ΒΌ”. Colophon: 100 copies have been printed on Urabec-Hoffman all-rag handmade paper. Designed and printed by: Jack M. Conway, Micheal Druyen, Richard Hoffman, Ruth Hoffman, David Moise, Tom Parker, Edward Petko, Gary Mary Remson, John Urabec, Clyde Stoneman, Gregory Zarcoff, Ethan Lipton. Marbled boards. A rare book on publication. B20th 2.

Nedmon, Guy. Conversation Piece. Los Angeles, CA: Library Patrons of Occidental College, 1982. 21 pp. 2-15/16″ x 2″. Colophon: 150 copies printed by Richard J. Hoffman on Urabec-Hoffman hand made paper as a keepsake for members of The Library Patrons of Occidental College, May 1982. Reprinted with permission from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, 1957. Contains an Author’s Note, and is bound in gray paper covers and tied together by a white string. Enclosed in a light purple-pink paper dust jacket with the title printed in red on the front cover. B20th 3.

Weber, Msgr. Francis J. Weber. Fray Junipero Serra (1713-1784). Van Nuys, CA: Richard J. Hoffman, 1985. 30 pp. 1 7/8″ x 2 3/8″. Colophon: This book, printed letterpress, by Richard J. Hoffman in Van Nuys, California, is set in 10 pt. Cloister Oldstyle type, printed on 70 lb. book paper and bound by Bela Blau, Los Angeles. Signed, Weber. Spanish postage stamp of Serra as frontispiece. The portrait is superimposed on a map of California and a sketch of the bell tower of San Gabriel Mission. Marbled paper and leather back strip. The Archivist for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has issued this miniature book in honor of the bicentennial of the death of California’s pioneer missionary. B20th 4.

Andrews, Thomas F. Doyce Blackman Nunis, Jr., Historian, Mentor and Friend. Van Nuys, CA: 1985. 2 29/32″ x 2 5/16″. On the occasion of three anniversaries by Thomas F. Andrews, Westmont College, Santa Barbara.Edition of 200 copies. In green wrappers with title on cover. B20th 5.

Andrews, Tom. Van Gogh and Stone. Van Nuys, CA: Richard J. Hoffman, 1987. 16 pp. 2-7/8″ x 2-7/16″. Printed in honor of Irving Stone’s 84th Birthday and the 53rd Anniversary of his book on Van Gogh, LUST FOR LIFE, for the Historical Society of California, July 14, 1987. Bound in light tan paper wrapper with the title printed in black and a green design that stretched across the entire wrapper. B20th 6.

Ege, Otto F. The Story of the Alphabet, its Evolution and Development. Van Nuys, CA: Richard J. Hoffman, 1988. 78 pp. 2-3/4″ x 2-7/8″. Colophon: The three types used were designed by Frederic W. Goudy, the great American type designer. The text is in Kennerley, goudy’s first real success in creating a body type. The fanciful initials are Goudy Ornate, an all-capital font. The display lines on the title page are Goudy’s final thoughts on the alphabet. It is fittingly called Goudy Thirty and was not released until after his death. Edition of 250 copies printed by Richard J. Hoffman, and initialed by him. Text is printed in four colors. This essay was first published in 1921 by Otto F. Ege, of the Cleveland School of Art, noted for his collections of Original leaves from famous bibles. Hoffman has produced miniature books for others but this is the first publication in which he has selected the subject and specifications. Bound in decorative cloth over boards with the title on the spine. Green endpapers with the alphabet and a design printed across them in a darker green. B20th 7.

Weber, Msgr. Francis J. Angel’s Flight A Los Angeles Funicular Railway. Van Nuys, CA: Junipero Serra Press, 1988. 21pp. 2-5/8″ x 2-1/8″. Colophon: 200 copies printed by Richard J. Hoffman, Van Nuys, 1988. Signed by Francis Weber on p7. Contains a fold-out illustration, along with a reproduction of original ticket on the back cover. Bound in cloth and printed boards. A note in the transportation history of Los Angeles, 1901-1969. B20th 8.

An Invitation: Food, Beverages and Printing will be Served. Richard and Ruth Hoffman keepsake. B20th: Not listed.

Portrait of Holzschnitt um, 1580. Also a garantie certifikat. An invitation: Richard and Ruth Hoffman Keepsake, Conclave III. B20th: Not listed.