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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.

Proof Press

Baltimore, MD

Launsberry. Legacy to the World. Baltimore: Wirth, 1965. 23pp. 1-7/8″ x 1-7/16″. Colophon: Fifty copies of this edition were printed and bound by A. C. Wirth. Bound in red leather with the title on the front cover along with all decorations on the spine, front, and back covers stamped in gold. B20th 1.

Gray, Thomas. Elegy. Baltimore, MD: Proof Press, 1967. 36pp. 2-1/16″ x 1-5/8″. Colophon: This follows the original printing of the English edition. 75 copies were printed and bound by A.C. Wirth, Baltimore, MD. Text printed in blue, and bound in navy blue leather with title, author, and publisher printed in gold on the front cover. 20th 4.

Whittier, John Greenleaf. Barbara Frietchie. Baltimore, MD: Proof Press, (1967). 17pp. 2-1/16″ x 1-3/4″. Colophon: Hundred copies of this edition were printed and bound by A.C. Wirth. Text printed in blue and red. Bound in white fabricoid with gilt border, colored US flag, and the title and author stamped in blue on the front cover. B20th 6.

Brine, Mary Dow. Somebody’s Mother. Baltimore: Wirth, (1967). 20 pp. 2-1/8″ x 1-5/8″. Bound in maroon leather with the title, author, and printer all stamped in gold on the front cover. Decorations on the spine and front & back covers all gold-stamped. Opening initial is printed in red. Each page has blue decorative borders across the top and bottom. B20th 7.

Gould, Chas. L. A Nation United. (Baltimore, MD: Proof Press, 1967). 32 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 1/2″. B20th 9/.

Detzer, Karl. The Rescue of the Books. (Baltimore, MD): Proof Press, (1968). 15 pp. 2 1/16″ x 1 5/8″. Hundred copies of this edition were printed and bound by A.C. Wirth. Relates to microfilming of books in Britain during World War II. Bound in red leather, gilt stamped. B20th 11.

Morgan, Clyde B. The Love of Printed Things. (Baltimore, MD): Proof Press, (1968). 16 pp. 2-1/16″ x 1-9/16″. Colophon: Hundred copies of this edition were printed and bound by A. C. Wirth. Bound in dark blue leather with title and border around it on the front cover printed in gold. B20th 12.