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Rather 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.

Rather Press

Oakland, CA

1975-1976

Bierce, Ambrose. The Devil’s Word Book. Oakland: Rather Press, 1975. 20 pp. 2 ½” x 1 7/8″. Colophon: The Rather Press Oakland 94602 has handset, printed and cased fifty copies of this book of which this is number 20. A book of humorous cynical definitions limited to 50 copies. Very fine in boards. Bookplate. B20th 1.

Jane Grabhorn, Printer. Oakland: The Rather Press, 26 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/8″. Colophon: The paper is Warren’s Olde style, the type is Centaur with Arrighi titling. An edition of 150 copies, of which this is no 62. This is an excerpt from a little book, Thanks, Jane. Gray cloth cover. 24 pages. B20th 2.

Rather, Lois. Rather, a Small Press. Oakland: The Rather Press, 1976. 45 pp. 2 ½” x 2 1/8″. Colophon: After two mini editions and three or four pages of this one, I slolved the problem of getting reasonably uniform margins. Now I have some hope of learning to use ink sparingly. Some pages of this book show smudges of set-0off, my first such experience with Tweedweave. The illustrations are a new venture for us: After severalhighly unflattering profexssional shots to go with newspaper articles about the Rather Press, I decided to try self timer shots with my Minolta, using Tri-X film and available light. So the illustrations are all self portraits. / We used eighty pound Tweedweave despite the fact that some mini producers object to such heavy paper; and 8 point Centaur type, VanSon latex ink, along with a lot of sleepless nights of worry. / We hope to come out with 150 copies that Lois will have to bind with little help from one handed me. Clif Rather. Bound in mustard colored paper with red and black “R” on cover. B20th 3.