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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.

Rebecca Press

Hyattsville, MD

1980-

Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1983. 120 pp. 2 3/8″ x 3″. Letterpress by Burntcoast Press, cloth boards by Green Dragon Bindery. Edition of 150 copies: 115 regular copies and 35 deluxe copies. B20th 1/1540.

Izon, Noel M. Venus Explor’d: A Study of the Female Form. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1980. 48 pp. 2 ½” x 3″. Colophon: Photographs: Noel M. Izon. Text: Kathryn naimo Izon. Book design and concept: Rebecca Saady Bingham. Bound by: John Luca. Typeface: 9 pt. Garamond with Zapf Chancery italic initials. Paper: cameo dull. Venus Explor’d is published in an edition fo 500 numbered and signed copies of which this is #26. Signed Noel Izon. A photographic study of the female form featuring the work of Washington, D.C. artist Izon. A first publication from Rebecca Press Printed in three colors. Contains 16 black/gray duotones, with text initials and decorations in turquoise. Bound in pewter, fine-weave bookcloth. Stamped in silver on front cover and spine. Specially marbled endpapers in turquoise and gray. B20th 2/1592.

Millay, Edna St. Vincent. Sonnets and a Few Poems. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1982. 68 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/8″. Colophon: Typeset & Printed by: Serif Press, Bound by: Green Dragon Bindery, Embroidered by: Mark Levi, Designed by: Rebecca Saady Bingham, Published in a limited edition of 200 numbered and signed copies, of which this is #11, signed by Rebecca Bingham. Text printed in two colors on Rives paper. Bound in irridescent Thai silk with a specially designed monogram embroidered on the front cover. Gold stamped frontispiece and divider pages. Contains an Edna St. Vincent Millay postage stamp as frontispiece. This is the suppressed version containing “Love Me No More” and “Gazing Upon Him Now” which were rejected by Norma Millay Ellis, sister of Edna St. Vincent Millay. This copy also does not have the copyright notice which follows the poems which comes before the colophon in the regular edition. B20th 3/2084.

Lear, Edward. Nonsense Botany. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1983. 64 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″. Edition of 150 copies, 35 which are specially bound and enclosed in a clamshell box. No. 10. B20th 4/1767.

Lear, Edward. An Edward Lear Flip Book. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1983. 40 pp. 2″ x 1 5/8″. Pictorial paper boards. Illustrations.150 editions. B20th 5/1765.

Bingham, Rebecca. Gemologica Pharmacopoeia. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1983. 64 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/8″. Edition of 225 regular numbered and signed copies and 25 deluxe lettered copies gilt leather with gemstone on front cover, leather box. B20th 6/431.

Bingham, Rebecca. Flirations. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1984. 64 pp. 2 1/4″ x 2 3/4″. Colophon: Calligraphy by Geryl Pearl. Printed by Jane Pomeroy at the Burntcoat Press. Our thanks to Kathryn Rickard for lending us her copy of the original text. Of an edition of 200 copies, Numbers 1-40 are specially bound. This is number 3. Signed Rebecca S. Bingham. Printed from photoengravings of original calligraphy by Geryl Pearl. Of 200 copies printed on Mohawk Superfine paper, 160 copies are bound in rose-pink silk. End papers specially marbled by Kay Radcliffe. The book has 64 pages. 40 deluxe copies, of which this is one, are bound in cream-gray leather, gold stamped, gilt-edged, and with a specially commissioned porcelain cameo laid on the cover. Each deluxe copy is enclosed in a silk covered box. B20th 7/430.

Wilde, Oscar. Nightingale and the Rose. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1985. 46 pp., 2 7/8″ x 2 ¼”. Colophon: The Nightingale and the Rose is the first in a series of three fairy tales published by Rebecca Press in which roses are key story elements. This book, produced in cooperation with Cheloniidae Press of Williamsburg, Massachusetts, is illustrated with wood engravings and drawings by Alan James Robinson. Rebecca Saddy Bingham designed the edition. The Italian Oldstyle monotype was set by Mackenzie-Harris. Jane Pomeroy printed 315 copies on Mohawk superfine paper at the Burntcoat Press in the spring of 1985. Two hundred and fifty regular and fifty deluxe copes were bound at the green Dragon bindery. Fifeen state proof copies were bound by David Bourbeau. this is number 4. Signed R.S. Bingham and A.J. Robinson. Features original wood engravings and illustrations. Bound in red leather with tree and title impressed on front. Housed with 2 other books in a red leather case with wood pin closure. B20th 8/3267.

Andersen, Hans Christian. The Wild Swans. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1986. 92 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″. Colophon: The Wild Swans is the second in a set of three fairy tales published y Rebecca press, in which roses are significant story elements. The book is illustrated with original wood engravings by Sarah Chamberlain. Design is by Rebecca Saady Bingham. Mackenzie-Harris set the book in Kennerley Light monotype. Darrell Hyder printed 315 copies in the Summer of 1986. This edition of The Wild Swans consists of 250 regular, 50 deluxe, and 15 state proof copies – all of which were bound at the Green Dragon Bindery. This is number 4. Signed by Chamberlain. Bound in tan leather with a wing and the title stamped into front cover. Housed along with two other books in a red leather case closed by wood pin. B20th 9/102.

Bingham, Rebecca. Golden Alphabet. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1986. 28 pp. 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: Of 200 copies produced just for fun, this is number 9. Signed R.J. Bingham. Bound in lemon yellow cloth with a leather label on front cover. All the alphabet is printed in gold. B20th 10/432.

Sidwell, June. Lady Letters. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1986. 36 pp. 2 5/16″ x 1 7/8″. Colophon: Published on the occasion of the Miniature Book Society Conclave IV, held Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 1986 in Washington, D.C. Lady Letters was published in collaboration with Katherine Rebecca Kramer via her mother, Patricia Joffee. Designed by Rebecca Saady Bingham. Printed by Serif Press. Bound at the Green Dragon Bindery. Of 200 copies (50 specially bound), this is number 11. B20th 11/2746.

Wilde, Oscar. The Ideal Man. Hyattsville, MD:  Rebecca Press, 1988. (8) pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 5/16″. B20th 12/3266.

Bingham, Rebecca. Erte Maquettes. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1984. 64 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″. Colophon: Printing & Color Separations: Colortone Press, Typesetting: Barton Graphics, Binding: Green Dragon Bindery, Silver Work on Deluxe Binding: FreeFlight Jewelers. A full color miniature collection of 42 color designs executed by the artist for Harpers Bazaar at the the crest of the Art Deco era 1932-37, and never before published ineither book or magazine form. The maquettes included in this limited edition are reproduced on acid-free Cameo Dull paper, with all the sensuous elegance and brilliant color of the originals. 2000, each hand-bound in black silk with silver calfskin accents. The deluxe, signed edition, mine is #15 of 200 is bound in bright blue snakeskin inlaid with seed pearls, and encased in a specially designed silver minaudiere. The title is stamped in silver on a black leather label on the front cover and there is a tiny diamond over the “e” in erte. Case with clasp, black tassel and blue snakeskin is 3 ½” x 2 ¾”, ¾” deep. Signed by both Erte and Bingham. Edition of 2200 regular copies, 200 deluxe copies of which this is #15. B20th 13/429.

Caylus, Comte de. Rosanella. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1988. 34 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″. Colophon: Rosanella is the third in a set of three fairy tales in which roses are significant story elements. The book is illustrated with original wood engravings by Sarah Chamberlain. Design is by Rebecca Saady Bingham. Mackenzie-Harris set the book in Monotype Centaur and Arrighi. Darrell Hyder printed 315 copies in the Summer of 1988. Signed Chamberlain. This edition of Rosanella comprises 250 regular, 50 deluxe, and 15 state proof copies which were bound at the Green Dragon Bindery. This is number 4. Signed RS Bingham. 48 pages. Bound in purple leather, with title surrounded by roses impressed on cover. Housed with 2 other books in a red leather case fastened with wooden pin. B20th 14/660.

Bierce, Ambrose. Devil’s Dictionary. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1988. 30 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″. Colophon: Set in Perpetua by Valley Typesetting. Printed at Train Printing. Bound by Donald brady. Of 200 copies, this is number 14. Signed RBS. Unpaginated. Illustrated. Marbled end papers. Bound in tan cloth with label. B20th 15/419.

Bingham, Rebecca. Alphabet Salmagundi. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1988. 34 pp. 2 5/8″ x 2″. Colophon: Printed at Train Printing and bound bby Donald Brady. Of 200 copies, this is number 10. Signed R.S. Bingham. With illustrations. Bound in green cloth with red Capitals and gold letters of title. B20th 16/426.

Henry, O. Springtime a la Carte. Hyattsville: Rebecca Press, 1988. 35 pp. 2 9/16″ x 2″. Colophon: This book was photocomposed in Cheltenham Ligh at Valley Typesetting, printed at Train Printing, bound by Donald Brady, and designed by Rebecca Saady Bingham. Illustrations are by Edith Arlene Caro. Of 200 copies, including a few specially bound, this is number 4. Signed R. S. Bingham. Binding is Japanese paper over boards with two color foil stamping on the cover and decorative end papers. This illustrated book is offset printed in two colors. B20th 17/1389.

Henry, O. Mamon and the Archer. Hyattsville: Rebecca Press, 1988. 35 pp. 2 9/16″ x 2″. Colophon: This book was photocomposed in Garamond Book at Balley Typesetting, printed at Train Printing, bound by Donald Brady, and designed by Rebecca Saady Bingham. Of 200 copies, including a few specially bound, this is number 4. Signed R.S. Bingham. The book is illustrated and offset printed in two colors. Binding is of Japanese paper over boards with two color foil stamping on the covers and decorative end papers. B20th 18/1385.

Henry, O. The Last Leaf. Hyattsville: Rebecca Press, 1988. 39 pp. 2 9/16″ x 2″. Colophon: This book was photocomposed in Della Robbia at Vallye Typesetting, printed at Train Printing, bound by Donald Brady, and designed by Rebecca Saady Bingham. Illustrations are by Edith Arlene Caro. Of 200 copies, including a few specially bound, this is nuumber 4. Signed R. S. Bingham. This illustrated book is offset printed in two colorrs. Binding is Japanese pape over boards with two-color foil stamping on the cover, and decorative end papers. B20th 19/1383.

Mamet, David. The New House. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1989. 37 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 3/16″. Letterpress by Hummingbird Press, leather spine, cherry wood veneer boards with a laser-cut “fanlight” and brass dorrknob and key plate by Green Dragon Bindery. Edition of 250 copies and 50 deluxe copies, of which this is, signed by the author. B20th 20/1925.

Bingham, Rebecca, compiler. Quo’pourri. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1989. 24 pp. 2 ¼” x 2 7.8″. Colophon: Designed by Rebecca Saady Bingham and Cheryl Parker. Handset from Cowell type and printed at Hummingbird Press. Cover papers handmade by Theres Bisceglia. Printed in two colors. Paper is Strathmore Fiesta with multi colored deckle edges. Airbrushed and iridescent cover papers for all copies handmade by Therese Bisceglia. 125 copies, sewn into wrappers by Rebecca Bingham given as keepsakes to attendees of the 1989 MBS Conclave. For sale are 30 regular copies in wrappers, 30 handbound by Donald Brady and 15 deluxe with inset one-of-a-kind millefiori, colored polymer collages made by Kathleen Dustin. B20th 21/435.

Twain, Mark. Excerpts from Adam’s Diary. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1991. 38 pp. 2 ½” x 2 7/8″. Colophon: This special edition of Adam’s Diary was published to mark the birth of our daughter, Rachel Zoe Bingham, whose presence in our lives seems as miraculous as Cain’s was to Adam. Handmade papers by Therese Bisceglia. Photocomposed by Robert R. Cole, Jr. at Valley Typesetting, in Perpetua type. Printed at International Graphics. Handbound by Donald Brady. Calligrahy by Gay Ayers. Designed by Rebecca Saady Bingham. Signed R.S. Bingham. Bound in blue paper over board. B20th 22/2960.

Farjeon, Eleanor. The Seventh Princess / The Goldfish. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1993. 80 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 5/16″. Colophon: Photocomposition and color seperations by Robert R. Cole, Jr. and A. J. Trilli at Valley Graphics. Regular edition of 275 copies bound by Don Brady in quarter leather and papers handmade by Therese Bisceglia. Deluxe edition of 26 bound at the Green Dragon Bindery in full leather, with marbled endpapers by Diane Maurer. Designed by Rebecca Saady Bingham. Copy #4. Signed by Bingham. B20th 25/1065.

Keepsake. Conclave VI. Rebecca Press. B20th: Not listed.

An O’Henry Valentine. Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1989. B20th: Not listed.