Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Rara Avis 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.

Rara Avis Press

Madison, WI


Alphabet Goodbye I. Madison, WI: Rara Avis Press, 1979. 62 pp. 2 1/2″ x 2″. Colophon: Just 100 copies of this book were printed on Polar Bear Island, for little & clean hands. 1979, The Rare Avis Press, Madison, Wisconsin. A thirty panel panorama with the letters of the alphabet printed from different typefaces in a rainbow of colors. Text printed on accordion fold paper. Housed in a orange and brown checkered half-chemise and slipcase with a white paper title label affixed to it. A Stanley Marcus bookplate is affixed to the inside of the half-chemise. B20th 1.