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Petit Oiseau 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.

Petit Oiseau Press

Chicago, IL

1952-1963

Welsh, Doris V. Miniature Books. 1952. 4 15/16″ x 3 3/8″. Copy of the first book Doris ever printed.

Shelley, Percy B. To a Skylark. Chicago, IL: Doris V. Welsh, 1952. 21 pp. 1 5/8″ x 2 ¼”. Colophon: Hand set and printed by Doris V. Welsh in 4 point Century expanded type. STA Workshop, Newberry Library, May 1953. One of 100 copies. The first product of the press. Very faint spotting, else fine in cloth backed blue and white patterned boards with printed labels. B20th 1.

The Mayflower Compact. Chicago, IL: Doris V. Welsh, 1954. 7 pp. 2 1/16″ x 1 13/16″. Colophon: Hand set and printed by Doris V Welsh in the S.T.A. workshop in the Newberry Library. Cloth spine and tips with paper label. 100 copies. Signed by Welsh. B20th 2.

The Mecklenberg Declaration. Chicago, IL: Doris V. Welsh, 1954. 8 pp. 2-1/8″ x 1 13/16″. Colophon: Hand set and printed by Doris V. Welsh in the S.T.A. Workshop in the Newberry Library. Bound in decorative gray boards with a red cloth spine and corner tips. Paper title label pasted on front cover. 100 copies. B20th 3.

Welsh, Doris V. Indian and White Man. Chicago, IL: Doris V. Welsh, 1954. 43 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 5/8″. Hand set and printed by Doris V. Welsh in the S.T.A. Workshop of the Newberry Library. Bound in cloth and printed boards. B20th 4.

Welsh, Doris V. Americans Known Before Columbus Discovered It. Chicago, IL: Doris V. Welsh, 1955. 32 pp. 1 ¾” x 1 9/16″. Colophon: Hand set and printed by Doris V. Welsh in the S.T.A. workshop in the Newberry Library. One of an edition of 100 copies. Illustrated with vignettes. Lists sources mentioning “the land to the West’ from Homer onward. fine in illustrated cloth-backed boards with spine label. Kalman Leviatn bookplate. Letterpress, paper boards, printed label. 100 copies. B20th 6.

Wolf, Joseph. Heraldry. Chicago, IL: Dorothy V. Welsh, 1956. 33 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 1/2″. Colophon: Hand set and printed by Doris V. Welsh in the S.T.A. Workshop in the Newberry Library. 35 pages printed from type, with hand colore illustrations. Printed boards, cloth spine and tips with paper label. 150 copies. Signed by Welsh. B20th 7.

The Wordless Book. Chicago, IL: Doris V. Welsh, 1957. 15 pp. 2″ x 1 ½”. Colophon: Hand set, printed and bound by Doris V. Welsh at the Petit Oiseau Press in the S.T.A. workshop in the Newberry Library in an edition of 50 copies. A book not of words but of colors. Leaves of black, red, white and gold paper are spiritual allegories. bound in three quarter cloth and gold paper. B20th 8.

An Incident of Border Welfare. Chicago, IL: Le Petit Oiseau, 1958. 2″ x 1 9/16″. Colophon: Hand set, printed and bound by Doris V. Welsh at the Petit Oiseau Press in the S.T.A. workshop in the Newberry Library. 50 Copies printed. This is No. 36. Pale green cloth and boards. Name on spine. B20th 9.

Welsh, Garnet V. and Earle B. Welsh. Hurricane 1926. Chicago, IL: Doris V. Welsh, 1958. 2″ x 1 ½”. Colophon: Hand set, printed and bound by Doris V Welsh at the Petit Oiseau press in the S.T.A. workshop in the Newberry Library in an edition of 50 copies. Bound in three-quarter black cloth and coated boards. B20th 10.

Welsh, Doris V. (compiler). Quotations. Chicago, IL: Le Petit Oiseau, 1958. 22 pp. 2″ x 1 ½”. Colophon: Hand set, printed and bound by Doris V. Welsh at the Petit Oiseau Press in the S.T.A. workshop in the Newberry Library in an edition of 50 copies. Unpaginated. Cloth spine with paper label and cloth corners. “Quotations” on cover. B20th 11.

McKinney, E.L. King of Indoor Sports. Chicago, IL: Le Petit Oiseau, 1963. 21 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 ½”. Colophon: Hand set, printed and bound by Doris V. Welsh at the Petit Oiseau press in the S.T.A. workshop in the Newberry Library in an edition of 30 copies. Blue Paper bound with cloth spine. Newberry Library. B20th 12.

Banyan Deer. Chicago, IL: Le Petit Oiseau, 1963. 19 pp. 1 13/16″ x 1 ½”. Colophon: Hand set, printed and bound by Doris V. Welsh, at the Petit Oiseau Press in the S.T.A. workshop in the Newberry Library in an edition of 50 copies. 23 pages including color illustrations. Cloth and boards. Ray Smith’s bookplate. B20th 13.

One Solitary Life. Chicago, IL: Le Petite Oiseau, 1963. 7 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 1/2″. Letterpress, printed paper boards, printed label. Edition of 150 copies. B20th 14.

Welsh, Doris V. (compiler). Christmas. Chicago, IL: Le Petit Oiseau, 1963. 31 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 7/16″. Colophon: Hand set, printed and bound by Doris V. Welsh in the S.T.A. workshop in the Newberry Library in an edition of 150 copies. B20th 15.