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Barbara J. Raheb, Pennyweight 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.

Barbara J. Raheb, Pennyweight Press

Agoura Hills, CA

1976-

Stamp Album. Tarzana, CA: Barbara J. Raheb (The Littlest Library), 1977. 24 pp. 1 1/8″ x 15/16″. A photo-reduced copy of a stamp album. Bound in red leather with the title stamped in gold on the spine and a globe design stamped in gold on the cover. Red marbled end pages. It is a regular album reduced to doll house size and is not large enough to hold normal-sized stamps. The pages contain miniature black and white reproductions of United States and foreign stamps. The album comes with a miniature simulated magnifying glass and uncut sheets of colored miniature stamps that can be cut out and individually pasted in the album. B20th 75.

Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty. Tarzana, CA: Barbara J. Raheb, 1979. 112 pp. 15/16″ x 5/8″. Gilt black pyroxylin. Illustrations. (in bookcase). 300 copies. Signed by Barbara Raheb. B20th 133.

Bannerman, Helen. The Story of Little Black Sambo. Van Nuys, CA: Barbara J. Raheb, 1981. 47 pp. 15/16″ x 5/8″. Colophon: Limited Edition. This book has a limited edition of 300 copies, of which this is copy number 11. Typesetting by Omega Repro Lithography by Advance Litho, ASA. Hand colored illustrations. Bound in red leather, gilt stamped. B20th 276.

Bible. Old Testament. The Creation. Tarzana, CA: Barbara J. Raheb, 1981. 72 pp. 15/16″ x 5/8″. Gilt black pyroxylin. Illustrations. Edition of 100 signed copies. B20th 280.

Poe, Edgar Allen. MS. Found in a Bottle. (larger size). Tarzana, CA: Barbara J. Raheb, 1981. 1 5/8″ x 1 1/8″. Colophon: This is a numbered, signed, LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies. Typeset in Press Roman bold with composition in Bookman Bold, Production, design, and binding by Barbara J. Raheb. Hand colored illustrations. Bound in cork. B20th 301.

Poe, Edgar Allen. MS. Found in a Bottle. (smaller size). Tarzana, CA: Barbara J. Raheb, 1981. 48 pp. 15/16″ x 5/8″. Gilt green pyroxylin. Illustrations. 300 copies (unknown number bound with fine cork applied to covers, printed label front cover). B20th 302.

St. George and the Dragon. Tarzana, CA: Pennyweight Press, 1987. 32 pp. 1 3/16 x 1 ΒΌ”. Colophon: Published by Barbara J. Raheb. Lithography by Advance Litho ASA, Inc. Limited edition. This is a hand painted limited edition which this is copy number: 34. Signed Barbara J. Raheb. A two-dimensional popup based upon a concept by Ernest Nister who published lovely children’s books in Victorian England. Extensive hand color. Bound in black with gold printing. B20th 380.