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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.

Quail Hill Press

San Rafael, CA

1982-1984

Lord Lovel-An Ancient Scottish Ballad. San Rafael: Quail Hill Press, 1982. 19pp. 2-1/8″ x 2-7/8″. Colophon: This book was designed, hand set, hand printed and bound by Rachel Barahal. In an edition of one hundred and fifteen, this is no.35, signed by Rachel Barahal. The text is set off by deep red initial letters. Original illustrations. First miniature from this press. Handprinted on a 7×11 Golding Pearl letterpress on Arches Text paper in 8 point Cochin type. Contains a glossary. Blue endpapers, and bound in light blue paper over boards with a red printed pattern with a picture of a horse on the front cover. Title printed in black on the spine. B20th 1.

Argentarius, Marcus. Two Epigrams: To a Mockingbord Singing, and the Swallow and the Grasshopper. San Rafael: Quail Hill Press, 1982. 12 pp. 2 1/16″ x 1 11/16″. Colophon: This book was printed letterpress, using handset type, in an edition of fifty. No. 6. Signed Rachel Barahal. Illustrated. Heavy wrappers with cloth back. B20th 2.

Barahal, Rachael. A Jugendstil Alphabet. San Rafael: Quail Hill Press, 1982. 28pp. 1-15/16″ x 1-7/8″. Colophon: Handset, hand bound, and printed on a 1905 Golding Pearl letterpress. Made by Rachel Barahal at The Quail Hill Press. #29 out of 100 copies, signed by Rachel Barahal. This Jugendstil alphabet was created in the early 1900’s, the German counterpart of Art Nouveau, was a delicate, linear style, one which often contained fairy tale-like imagery. Hand-colored initials. Blue endpapers, and bound in white boards with title printed in black ink on the front cover with a design in red and purple that wraps around the front and back covers. B20th 3.

Greek Epigrams. San Rafael: Quail Hill Press, 1983. 20 pp. 2 3/8″ x 2 ΒΌ”. Signed by Barahal. Colophon: This book was designed, handset, printed and bound by Rachel Barahal at The Quail Hill Press, San Rafael, California. Of 125 copies, this is number 20. Translation by J.W. Mackail. 6 pt. Centaur type with Castellar initial and original illustrations. Decorated end papers and multicoloured cover illustration. Printed in four colors on white Arches text wove paper. Bound by hand. B20th 4.

Aesop. The Birds, the Beasts, and the Bat. Taken from Aesop’s Fables. San Rafael: Quail Hill Press, 1983. 2″ x 2″. Signed by Barahal. Colophon: This book was designed, handset, printed and bound by Rachel berahal at the Quail Hill Press. In an edition of 120 copies, this is number 30. Signed by Rachel Barahal. Bound in tan paper over boards with printed title and design on cover and title on spine. Brown endpapers with design in darker brown. B20th 5.

The Unquiet Grave. San Rafael: Quail Hill Press, 1983. 2 1/8″ x 2 7/8″. 20pp. Unique binding of a specially designed cloth spine with printed paper over boards. 8 point Cochin type Arches Text paper. Edition of 100 signed and numbered copies. B20th 6.

Shakespeare, William. Sweet Musicke: Songs of Shakespeare. San Rafael: Quail Hill Press, 1984. 28pp. 2-7/8″ x 2-1/2″. Colophon: This book was designed, illustrated, printed letterpress from handset Centaur type, and bound by Rachel Barahal at the Quail Hill Press. Of 125 signed and numbered copies, this is no.17. Signed by Rachel Barahal. Printed from 6 point Centaur onto Mohawk paper. Introduction by Professor Sharon Schuman, Shakespearean scholar, illustrated with several original drawings by artist-printer Rachel Barahal. Bound in decorated natural-finish cloth over boards with picture of a harp stamped in buragundy ink, with a gold-tooled burgundy leather spine. Title gold-stamped on spine. Imported Italian floral endpapers. B20th 7.