Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Monastery Hill 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.

Monastery Hill Press

Chicago, IL


Geoffrey, Ralph. Abraham Lincoln’s Last Full Measure of Devotion. Chicago, IL: Monastery Hill Press, 1981. (46) pp. 2 1/8″ x 2 7/8″. Colophon: Two hundred ninety-nine numbered and signed copies of this book have been composed in 6 point Century Expanded type and printed on Strathmore Pastelle Ivory. Letterpress by Production Press. Frontispiece by Marita Rizzo. Hand bound by Monastery Hill bindery. Designed by Rhoda H. Clark. Copy #137, signed by Ralph C. Newman. Forward by Robert Todd Lincoln Beckworth. Bound in navy blue leather with the title gold-stamped on the spine and front cover. Enclosed inside a blue marbled board slipcase. B20th 1.

Franklin, Benjamin. Poor Richard in Rebus. Chicago, IL: Monastery Hill Press, 1982. (38) pp. 2 1/8″ x 3 1/8″. Edition of 160 numbered copies. Cherry red leather with gilt titles with slip case in hand-printed 100% rag paper that matches the attractive end paper design. Text in calligraphy by Kenneth Peterson with 98 original drawings by Marita Ritzo. J. Michael Lennon has written an informative introduction to this fine printing of 20 of Franklin’s witty proverbs in rebus form. B20th 2.

Franklin, Benjamin. Poor Richard in Rebus. Chicago, IL: Monastery Hill Press, 1982. (38) pp. 2 1/8″ x 3 1/8″. Colophon: 200 numbered copies printed on Strathmore Pastelle Ivory. Design/Calligraphy: Kenneth Peterson. Drawings by: Marita Ritzo. Binding: The Monastery Hill Bindery. Produced by: Rhoda H. Clark. Copy No. 53. B20th 2.