Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Scott Free Press

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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.

Scott Free Press

Overland, KS


Twain, Mark How I Edited an Agricultural Paper. Overland Park, KS: Scott Free Press, 1982. 32 pp. 2 5/16″ x 2 13/16″ Colophon: About 250 copies of this book were printed letterpress with handset six point Caslon Clear face and Garamond Bold Italic type on No. 1 and No. 11 Pearl presses. Sketch of Mark Twain by Rachel Scott, wheat and corn by Duane Scott. All illustrations printed from photopolymer relief plates. Paper, 200 on Stratford, 50 on Mohawk Superfine This is book No. 4, first miniature from the Scott Free Press. Signed by Duane Scott. Decorative end papers are in brown ink and area composite of early farming scenes. Bound in brown cloth with a quarter black leather spine. Gilt title on front cover and spine. #31 of 270. B20th 1/2961.

Harris, Joel Chandler. Uncle Remus Stories. Overland Park, KS: Scott Free Press, 1983. 32 pp. 2 9/16″ x 2 1/2″. Colophon: “Uncle Remus Stories” is the fifth book, second miniature printed at this press. 250 copies have been printed letterpress on two Pearl treadle presses. Parsons type is used except for the colophon, which is printed in Harris and cast by the Keystone type foundry about 1909. The paper is Mohawk Superfine. Printing and binding by Duane C. Scott. Hand sewn and bound in full leather with title gold-stamped on spine and front cover. Four illustrations, printed end papers, red and black ink. #103 of 250 copies, signed by Duane Scott. B20th 2/1322.

Ibsen, Henrik. Nora Awakened. Overland Park, KS: Scott Free Press, 1984. 44 pp. 2 3/8″ x 2″. Colophon: “Nora Awakened” was printed letterpress on three hand fed treadle Golding Pearl presses using handset Bodoni type. About 100 copies printed on 100 percent cotton rag paper handmade on the premises and 150 copies on Mohawk Superfine. Illustration from sculpture by Saint Gaudens. Gray cloth case binding with title on front and spine. Since the sheets have only been folded once, this is a “folio” book. Each page bordered in pink design . Edition of 250, 100 of SPF handmade paper with three deckles of which this is a copy #40 signed by Duane Scott. A second copy, #125 of 150 on Mohawk Superfine. B20th 3/1534.

Cassidy, Terrance W. The Bobtail Streetcar. Overland Park, KS: Scott Free Press, 1986. 44 pp. 2″ x 2-1/4″. Colophon: An 8×12 O.S. Chandler and Price press was used. The type is Caslon Clear face and Garamond Bold Italic, Paper is acid-free Howard Permalife. This is the fourth miniature book printed by me. Design, hand typesetting, presswork, printing and binding done by Duane C. Scott 9/5/1986. The story is about a stamp with an incorrect caption. Hand sewn and case bound, yellow cloth over boards. Printed in black with red designed borders on each page. End papers printed, Bobtail stamp. In an edition of 175, this is copy # 27. Signed by Duane Scott. B20th 4/1657.

Scott, Duane C. (compiler) Oriental Sayings: An Exercise in Using Small Types. Overland Park, KS: Scott Free Press & Papermill, 1987. 2”x2-1/4” 31pp letterpress, printed wrappers. Colophon: This book was created with hand set lead type and printed on a hand fed 8×12 O.S. C&P press. Edition of 150, 125 given as keepsakes at the 1987 Miniature Book Conclave. 125 numbered and signed copies for slave. Covers are all handmade, all cotton rag paper. B20th5/2644

Twain, Mark. The Dandy Frightening the Squatter, Mark Twain’s First Published Short Story. Eveleth, MN: Scott Free Press, 2005. 2 1/2 x 2 1/4″ 26pp letterpress, bound in red cloth. Colophon: In an edition of 250, this is Copy no. 33. Book printed in Oldstyle Gordon Press, body Caslon Clearface, paper Howard Permalife, handsewn in signatures, hardf cloth covers. The sixth miniature book from the Scott Free Press.