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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Red Squirrel 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.

Red Squirrel Press

Lafayette, CA


Lloyd, Lester and Mildred. Type and the Alphabet. Lafayette, CA: Red Squirrel Press, 1973. (66)pp. 1 9/16″” x 1 9/16″. Colophon: This little book, in its entirety, is a product of the Red Squirrel Press of Mildred and Lester Lloyd of Lafayette, California. Of one hundred and fifty copies printed this is numbered 96. Presented to the good friends of The Roxburghe Club at their meeting of November, 1973. Bound in smooth grey paper over boards with the title printed on the front cover and the spine in blue. Bookplate of Stanley Marcus affixed to the inside front cover. End papers are decorated with the alphabet in various shades of blue. B20th 1.

Lincoln, Abraham. Gettysburg Address. Lafayette, CA: Red Squirrel Press, 1978. 33 pp. 1 15/16″ x 1 1/16″. This is copy number 61 of a limited edition of one hundred and fifty produced in its entirety by Mildred and Lester Lloyd at their Red Squirrel Press, Lafayette, Cal, MDCCCCLXXVII. Signed by Les Lloyd. Introduction, text, and printer’s note. The address is printed from American Type Founders Corporation Century Expanded, 4 pt. on a 4 pt. body. This is the smallest production type ever made by ATF. ATF cast experiment. Only enough type was on hand to compose one page at a time and therefore printed one page at a time. The preliminaries and note are printed from Monotype Lightline Gothic #1 size. The type was cast on a 30 pica measure of the book. In order to achieve the necessary close fitting on the page, the pages were printed with every other line and then on a second impression the alternate lines were printed. Initials and page numbers are printed in red. In order to handle the paper during printing, the pages were printed in the middle of a sheet, 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, and then trimmed to final size for binding. B20th 2.