Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Oldstyle 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.

Oldstyle Press

West Orange, NJ


Freese, Robert. A Brief History of Borders and Type Flowers. West Orange, NJ: Oldstyle Press, 1978. 24 pp. 3″ x 3 1/2″. Colophon: Only sixty-five copies printed on an 8 x 10 Chandler & Price platen press. Text type is 14-point Times Roman. Paper is 28-lb. Hamilton Ledger. Many of the borders were added to the Oldstyle Press since it settled down in West Orange, N.J. This is copy no. 43 of 65. The Oldstyle Press was founded by Robert Freese, Sr. in 1965, but this is the first serious effort to produce a miniature book. Text printed in black with the pages on the right side bordered in various colors. Orange silk end sheets. Bound in black cloth over boards with a yellow-orange title label affixed to the front cover. B20th 1.

Seven Deadly Sins. (West Orange, NJ): Oldstyle Press, 1980. 12 pp. 2″ x 1 9/16″. Colophon: There are only 77 copies in this world, or the next. This is number 14. Bound in black cloth. Each sin is illustrated by a dark red wood cut with the name of its demon listed below the sin. B20th 2.