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Press of the Indiana Kid

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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.

Press of the Indiana Kid

Nappanee, IN

1944-1995

Weygand, James L. Search for an Albion. Nappanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1963. (30 pp). 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: 100 copies printed by James Lamar Weygand, at the Press of the Indiana Kid for Maestro Books. This is the first miniature book printed by Weygand. This book recounts the search for and history of the Albion Press he purchased in England in 1961. Illustrated with stock cuts of printing presses. Bound in light green boards with the title printed in black on the spine and an illustration printed in black on the front and back covers. B20th 1/3236.

Renno’s Raiders. Nappanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1966. 20pp. 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″. Colophon: About 100 copies printed from handset type by James Lamar Weygand for Maestro Books. Printing finished April, 1966. Pages are uncut at the top. Bound in orange boards with the title printed in black on the spine and an illustration printed in black on the front cover. Contains one color illustration of a train in the text. B20th 2/2558.

Voyage Aboard the Jupiter. Napanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1967. (38) pp. 2 5/8″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: 100 copies printed and bound by James Lamar Weygand, Press of the Indiana Kid, Nappanee, Indiana for Maestro Books, 1967. Folding illustration and a commemorative stamp. Bound in quarter navy blue leather at spine, and marbled boards. Title stamped in gold on the spine. B20th 3/3014.

Weygand, James L. Adventures with Paper, an Encounter with a Meat Grinder. Nappannee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1969. (16) pp. 2 5/8″ x 1 13/16″. Colophon: For Maestro Books 50 copies. Printed and bound by James Lamar Weygand Press of the Indiana Kid Nappanee, Indiana September 1969. Paper over boards with leather spine. B20th 4/3220.

Nite Time Baseball. Nappannee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1970. 27 pp. 2 5/8″ x 2 1/8″. Colophon: About 100 copies printed and bound by James Lamar Weygand, Press of the Indiana Kid, Nappanee, Indiana, March 1970. Contemporary newspaper accounts from Ft. Wayne NEWS and Ft. Wayne GAZETTE. About 100 copies with a 1969 6 cent postage stamp. Bound in pink paper over boards with an illustration of a baseball player on the front cover in black and the title on the spine. B20th 5/2251.

Weygand, James L. Papers of Eastern Europe. Nappanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1970. (38) pp. 2 5/8″ x 2 1/8″. Colophon: About 65 copies printed and bound by the author James Lamar Weygand at the Private Press of the Indiana Kid, Nappanee, Indiana, June, 1970. Twelve samples of sheets with identifications by the author. Boards with leather spine. B20th 6/3233.

Weygand, James L. One Day in the Life of a Papermaker. Napanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1972. (32) pp. 2 1/2″ x 1 13/16″. Colophon: For Maestro Books. 100 copies set, printed, and bound by James Lamar Weygand, at the Press of the Indiana Kid in Nappanee, Indiana. Printing completed in February, 1972. Bound in light purple boards with a red leather back strip. Printed on various papers made at the Tightwad Press. Contains Ray Smith’s bookplate. B20th 7/3232.

Weygand, James Lamar. Money to Burn. Nappanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1972. 24 pp. 2 5/8″ x 2″. Colophon: For Maestro Books. 100 copies set, printed and bound by James Lamar Weygand, at Press of the Indaina Kid, Nappanee, Indiana, September 1972. Signed Weygand. Cover slightly faded, otherwise mint. With a packet of shredded money. B20th 8/3231.

Weygand, James L. Tightwad and hte Isfahan Columbian. Napanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1975. (34) pp. 2 3/4″ x 2″. Colophon: About 35 copies set, printed and bound by James Lamar Weygand in Nappanee, Indiana. Signed by James Lamar Weygand. Printing and binding adventures in Iran and Afghanistan. This is not one of the copies on homemade paper. Bound in pink paper over boards with title in black on spine and an illustration on light orage paper pasted on the front cover. B20th 11/3237.

Weygand, James L. J.L.W.: G.B.S.: Two Letters. Nappanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1975. (24) pp. 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: For Maestro Books. About 45 copies printed and bound by James Lamar Weygand, Press of the Indiana Kid, Nappanee, Indiana. Marbled boards with blue leather back strip. This copy one of 100 on printer’s own 1K handmade paper. The correspondence between Weygand and George Bernard Shaw. Signed by Weygand. B20th 12/3230.

A Solar Printing Press 1878. Nappanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1978. 26 pp. 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: For Maestro Books, about 45 copies set, printed and obund by James Lamar Weygand Press of the Indiana Kid, Nappanee, Indiana. Cover Lino by Joy Weygand. Signed J.L. Weygand. 2 folding plates. Boards with design. A description by S.P. Langley of the solar printing press at the Paris Exhibition of 1878. B20th 13/2771.

Weygand, James L. Bewick Connection. Napanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1980. 36pp. 2 11/16″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: Written, set, printed, and bound by James L. Weygand at the Private Press of the Indiana Kid in Nappanee, Indiana. About 40 copies, Linoleum blocks cut by Joy Weygand. An account of visits to places connected with the wood engraver, Thomas Bewick. Illustrations by Joy Weygand. Bound in blue boards with paper title label pasted on spine and a black and white illustration pasted on the front cover. 40 copies. B20th 14/3223.

Weygand, James L. Papyrus Weygand. Nappanee, IN: Press of the the Indiana Kid, 1980. (38) pp. 2 5/8″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: For Maestro Books. About 45 copies set, printed and bound by James Lamar Weygand Press of the Indaina Kid in Nappanee, Indiana. Linoleum cuts by Joy Weygand. Folding plate. Boards. B20th 15/3234.

Weygand, James L. Issue of the Tissue. Nappanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1983. 19 pp. 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: For Maestro Books. About 65 Copies set, printed and bound by James Lamar Weygand, the author, at his Press of the Indiana Kid in Nappanee, Indiana. Signed Weygand. Pale violet paper covering boards, with title on spine. B20th 16/3229.

Weygand, James Lamar. Action on the North Atlantic. Nappanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1988. 20 pp. 2 5/8″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: For Maestro Books. 50 copies (8 copies on paper handmade by publisher), printed by James Lamar Weygand. Weygand, on a crossing of the Atlantic on the queen Elizabeth II, took a portable Liberty Press weighing about 7 pounds. The plan was to be the first to print a miniature book on board the QE II. Two pages were actually printed April 30, 1988, but the rest of the book was printed in Nappanee. B20th 18/3219.

Printer’s Meeting 1822, a Slight Case of Price Fixing. (Nappanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1991). 28 pp. 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: About 35 copies set, printed, and bound by James Lamar Weygand, Press of the Indiana Kid, Nappanee, Indiana. Illustrations in text in orange print. Bound in orange boards with a picture in brown that starts on the back cover and continues on to the front. B20th 20/2421.

Weygand, James L. Escape from the Wartburg. Nappanee, IN: Press of the Indiana Kid, 1992. 27 pp. 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: For Maestro Books. About 40 copies (including 10 copies on paper handmde by the publisher) set, printed, & bound by James Lamar Weygand, Press of the Indiana Kid in Nappanee, Indiana. The Wartburg drawing by Joy Weygand. Signed by James Weygand on 6/2/93. Bound in yellow paper over boards with title on spine and illustration in blue. 4 illustrations in blue in text come from old woodcuts. B20th 22/3225.