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Impressions 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.

Impressions Press

Spring Valley, CA


Horner, David. The Butterfly. Impressions Press, 1994. 2-5/16″ x 1-13/16″. 20pp. Colophon: The Butterfly is the first book from Impressions Press. The story was written by David Horner and was letterpress typeset on an Intertype machine by Ed Blount of Ed’s Typesetting. The type used was 6 pt Caledonia and 6 pt. Copperplate Gothic. Headings were set in 12 pt. Piranesi Light Italic. Printed by David Horner on a Kelsey Model U hand press. Picture and dust cover printed on Deskjet 1200C. Hand bound by David Horner with endsheet hand marbeling by Vee Newcomb. This is an edition of 100 numbered copies. This is #34. Hand bound in maroon leather. Enclosed inside a white dust jacket with title and butterfly illustrations on the front cover. B20th 1.

Noyes, Alfred; Horner, David; and Bourdillon, William. The Highwayman and Other Poems. Impressions Press, 1994. 30 pp. 2-7/16″ x 1-15/16″. Colophon: Computer typeset by David Horner using Arial and Arial Italic. Printed offset by David Horner. Cover and endpaper by Vee Newcomb. Hand bound by Vee Newcomb and David Horner. 100 copies, 26 of which are lettered A through Z and signed. This is #2, signed by David Horner. Typeset on a Laser Printer with four colored pictures printed on a Deskjet 1200c. Printed offset on Simpson Evergreen, Cottonwood paper in black ink. Hand marbled endpapers. Bound in black synthetic enclosed in a white dust jacket. Title and illustration on front cover. B20th 2.

Horner, David. Afternoon Tea. Impressions Press, 1996. 15 pp., 2 7/8″ x 2 2/16″. Colophon: Intertype set by Ed’s Typesetting in 9 point Times Roman with Italic. Printed by David Horner on a Kelsey 5×8 on EverGreen Vellum paper. Handbound by David Horner. 50 numbered copies printed. This copy is number 8. Signed by author. B20th 4.