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Shannon’s Miniature Manuscripts

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.

Shannon’s Miniature Manuscripts

Vancouver, Washington

1981-1988

Biblia Pauperum (Poorman’s Bible). Excerpts. 1986. Page size 2 x 2 1/2″. 15 full page simulated woodcut illustrations done in pen and ink, 75 pages descriptive text from the Gospels written in Olde English. Easch of the latter pages has a border of pen and ink sketches. Bound in full black calf with brass clasps. B2/418.

Book of Hours. 1984. Calligraphed and illuminated. 105pp. plus the title page. 12 5/8 x 2 1/8″, bound in red calf with four raised bands outlined in gold on the spine. The front cover is ruled in gold and there is a gold cross in the center. It is closed with a brass clasp and has a red silk ribbon bookmark. The first 24 pages are a calendar of the Church year. Tiny perfect calligraphy, 16 lines to the page, is enchanced with decorated initials in soft colors and gold, enclosing flowers, animals, faces, or figures, some crouched in fantastic positions. Margins of the Church calendar are adorned with leafy sprays of golden foliage. Written in Latin. (This is only the third copy Shannon has made for this exquisite Book of Hours. The first was for Ginny Schoonover, who wrote about it in My Favorite Miniature Book, and the second was a gentleman in Wisconsin). B6/461.

The Booke of Common Praier Noted. 1984. Calligraphed and illuminated. 2 1/4 x 2 5/8″, 128pp. A slightly abridged version of the original book published in 1550 by John Merbekke. Ity is an Episcopalian prayer book in “olde” English, with the prayers set to music. The illuminations in the original book are woodcuts which Shannon has imitated. Many of the capital letters have interesting little figures in them. Bound in black calf with a gold cross and a gold panel on the front cover, raised bands with gold lines on the spine, and a brass clasp. A red silk ribbon book mark. On a wooden easel with metal holders. B10/465.

Dominica Ressurectionus (Easter Mass). 1985. 1 13/16 x 1 1/2″, three pages of index plus 88 pages of prayers and music with exquisitely illuminated initials and other decorations in gold and several colors. Bound in blue calf wth raised bands and gold stamping with a brass clasp with a real gold coating. Accompanied by a wooden easel with brass holders to hold the book open. With Charlotte M. Smith inscribed on the last page. B14/1004.

Erstes Lesebuch fur Kinder (excerpts from a mid-1800s German child’s reader, in Fraktur, old German script). 1990. 2 5/8 x 2, 94pp. 38 pen and ink drawings. Full brown calf, cover ruled in gold, brass character “1” on cover and brass clasp, yellow and green silk book marks. Recto of final leaf inscribed “Charlotte Smith”. B15/1048.

Bible. Old Testament. Genesis. (Excerpts). 1989. Page size 2 1/2 x 2″, 102 pages. 16 pen and ink illustations simulating woodcuts with descriptive texts from 16 chapters in 16 different languages.Bound in full black calf, brass cross on cover and brass clasps. B16/384.