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Serpent and Eagle 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.

Serpent and Eagle Press

Oneonta, NY


Flame and Thunder: A Myth on the Origin of Tire. Oneota, NY: Serpent and Eagle Press, 1982. 2 1/8″ x 2 3/8″. Colophon: “The Origin of Fire in Madagascar” was adapted from Sir James George Frazer’s “Myths of the Origin of Fire”. his version was adapted from A. Dandouau’s, “Contes populaires des Sakalava et des Tsimihety (Alger, 1922”. Thanks to Hartwick College for the use of their equipment. All printing and binding was done by Jo Mish for Serpent and Eagle Press. Orange fabric over boards. One of 75. B20th 1.

Tetmajer, Kazimierz P. Far-off Marysia. Oneonta, NY, Serpent and Eagle Press, 1983. 2 ½” x 2 5/8″. Colophon: This book was printed by Jo Mish in an edition of 150 copies. The frontispiece is from a woodcut by Nancy Zappala. Story by a famous 19th century Polish author. 35 pages. String tied binding. B20th 2.

Mish, Jo. Philosophy of Captain Nemo. Oneota, NY: Serpent and Eagle Press, 1985. 2 2 7/8″ x 2 5/8″. 34pp. Colophon: This book has been letterpress printed by Jo Mish for Serpent and Eagle Press in a limited edition of two hundred copies. Signed Jo Mish. Cover art by Marie Dougherty Mish. Wrapers ina slip case. 24 pages. For each book sold, $1 was donated to Amnesty International. B02th 3.

Chace, H.L. Guilty Lookers Enter Tree Beers. Oneonta, NY: Serpent and Eagle, 1984. 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″. Colophon: Guilty Looks was printed by Jo Mish at Serpent and Eagle Press in an edition of 75 cloth and 75 softcover copies. This is bound in gold cloth with a slip case with ribbon which ties. B20th: Not listed.