Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Lytel 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.

Lytel Press

St. Augustine, FL


Wickham, Joan Adams. Twelve Chinese Proverbs and Chinese Proverbs for the Sexes. St. Augustine, FL: Lytel Press, 1970. 12 pp. Edition limited to twenty-four numbered copies. This is No. 23 by Joan Adams Wickham, November, 1970. Royal de luxe pica type on Chinese rice paper. Velour cover designed and lettered by Joan Adams Wickham. B20th 1.

Wickham, Joan Adams. 24 Proverbs. St. Augustine, FL: Lytel Press, 1970. 12 pp., 3″ x 3 1/4″. Royal de luxe pica type on “Dreamspun” parchment, design typing, and binding by Joan Adams Wickham. Edition limited to thirty-six numbered copies, No. 24. Yellow paper cover with design and title. In white envelope with lady bug on flap. B20th 3.

Wickham, Joan Adams. Ladybugs. St. Augustine, FL: Lytel Press, 1976. 1 5/8″ x 1 5/8″. Colophon: Set penned for Charlotte M. Smith. Bienfang Nelso Bristol board, plate finish, 100 lbs. 30 cards, 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″. Edition of 40 copies. In a card case with a red ladybug drawn on the front and the title and artist’s name written on the back. Red velour cover in white envelope outlined in red ink with ladybug on flap. Collection has two sets of the cards. B20th 4.

Wickham, Joan Adams. One Conceited Ladybug’s Four Letter Nonsense Alphabet. St. Augustine, FL: Lytel Press, 1978. Edition of 50 copies. B20th 6.

Wickham, Joan Adams. Ladybug Graphics. St. Augustine, FL, Lytel Press, 1978. Colophon: Graphics 400 sets. Offset lithography by Standard Printing on Parchtex, Papyrus. Handcolored portfolios in Royal Jersey, Antique Red. Made by Joan Adams Wickham. 16 original sketches in an red envelope/box with the title on the front and the artist’s name on the edge. Edition of 400 copies. There are captions written in oencil on the back of each sketch. B20th 7.