Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Lord John 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.

Lord John Press

Northridge, CA


Ford, Gerald. Global Stability. Northridge, CA, Lord John Press, 1981. 29pp. 3″ x 2-1/4″. Colophon: This first edition of Global Stability is limited to four hundred numbered copies and one hundred copies specially bound, all of which have been signed by the author. Designed and printed by the Castle Press. Binding by Bela Blau. The type is Linotype Trump Mediaval with handset American Uncial, and the paper is Warren’s Olde Style. This is number 37 of 400 copies. Signed by Gerald Ford. Address delivered by Gerald Ford at Quebec on September 8, 1980. Printed by the Castle Press for Herb Yellin’s Lord John Press. Bound in blue and green marbled paper over boards with a navy blue leather spine. Author’s name gold-stamped on the spine. B20th 1.

Coover, Robert. The Convention. Lord John Press, Northridge, 1982. 2 13/16″ x 2 1/8″. Colophon: The Convention is limited to 300 numbered copies and 50 deluxe copies specially bound, all of which have been signed by the author. The paper is Ragston and the type is Deepdene. Designed by Vance Gerry and printed for the Lord John Press by Patrick Reagh, Printers. This is number 19 of 300. Red leatherette with silver decorations. 19 pages. An “X” rated story. B20th 2.

Bradbury, Ray. Climate of the Palettes. Northridge, CA, Lord John Press, 1989. 19pp. 3″ x 2-1/16″. Colophon: The first edition of The Climate of the Palettes is limited to one hundred and fifty numbered and twenty six lettered copies, all of which have been signed by the author. Designed and printed by Patrick Reagh. Binding by Mariana Blau. The type is Goudy and the paper Frankfurt Cream. This is letter D. Bound in red marbled boards with a black leather spine and corner tips. Author and press are gold-stamped onto the spine. Kept inside a wine colored cloth slipcase. B20th 4.

Updike, John. Mites & Other Poems in Miniature. Northridge, CA, Lord John Press, 1990. 24pp. 2-1/4″ x 2-15/16″. Colophon: The first edition of Mites & Other Poems in Miniature is limited to two hundred numbered copies and 26 lettered copies specially bound, all of which have been signed by the author. The paper is Frankfurt Cream & the type is Monotype Inland Caslon. Designed by Suzanne Watson and printed by Patrick Reagh Printers, Inc. Binding by Marianna Blau. This is letter W. Signed by John Updike on the page before the title page. Bound in red cloth over boards with title and author’s last name in black on the spine. Red polka-dotted endpapers. Kept inside a matching slipcase. B20th 5.