Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Splendid 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.

Splendid Press

Mill Valley, CA


Acker, Susan, Diane Weiss, and Carol Cunningham. Ra, the Sun God. (Mill Valley, CA): Splendid Press, 1979. 44 pp. 2 1/4″ x 2 5/8″. Colophon: This edition of 200 copies has been illustrated with hand-colored linocuts, printed in Lydian type on Arched paper and bound by Carol Cunningham, Diane Weiss, And Susan Acker. This is #56 initialed by them. Contains 27 hand-colored illustrations done in linoleum with type set by hand. Bound in orange printed Hydroglyfics paper with Egyptian designs printed on it. Title in black on spine and on front cover. B20th 1/11.

Acker, Susan, Dianne Weiss, and Carol Cunningham. A Potpourri, Information and Recipes for Making Sweet Scents. Mill Valley, CA: Splendid Press, 1980. 46 pp. 2 5/8″ x 2 3/4″. Colophon: Designed, printed, and bound in 1979 by Splendid Press & Paper Works, Ltd. Printed from handset types on Strathmore Envoy paper. Illustrations and decorations from linocuts and line drawings. Copy #15 of 230 initialed by Susan Acker, Carol Cunningham, and Diane Weiss. 12 illustrations and 13 full page decorations printed in five different colors. Deluxe edition, which this is one of, is bound in pink floral cloth with a burgundy leather spine with title stamped in gold. It is enclosed inside a clear dust jacket with potpouri sampler pasted on the front. (Regular edition bounded in paper over boards). B20th 2/10.

The Sun: Full Circle. 4 vol. (North, South, East, and West). Mill Valley, CA: Splendid Press, 1981. 14 pp. 2″ x 2″. This book was hand produced by Maryline Adams, Poole Press, in collaboration with Feathered Serpent Press, Figment Press, and Sunflower Press, under the Splendid Press imprint. Garamont type on Saunders English mouldmade paper; handbound in an edition of 120, of which this is no. 7. B20th: each of the four titles is described under the individual press and not listed here.

Acker, Susan and Carol Cunningham. Fifty Birds and Flower on Stamps, an Album. Mill Valley, CA: Splendid Press, 1982. 38 pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 7/8″. Colophon: Designed, printed and bound by Susan Acker & Carol Cunningham in an edition of 70 copies. Of 50 numbered copies, this is number 19. Signed by Susan Acker and Carol Cunningham. An album displaying the United Stated Postal Service’s new stamp issue with a four-page description of their creation. Printed letterpress on Strathmore paper fron hand-set type. Bound with gold-stamped blue leather spine and cloth front and back covers decorated with birds. Enclosed inside a paper slipcase with bird stamps printed on it. B20th 3/8.

Acker, Susan, Dianne Weiss, and Carol Cunningham. (editors). The Horses of San Marco. Mill Valley, CA: Splendid Press, 1983. 48 pp. 2 1/16″ x 2 11/16″. Colophon: Designed, printed and bound at Splendid Press. Printed from handset Italian Old Style type on imported Rives paper. From an edition of 200, this is Copy No. 8 initialed by Carol Cunningham, Susan Acker, and Diane Weiss. Story of Venice’s golden horses amid a dazzling array of 23 illustrations-five pochoir and many printed in two colors. Special decorative stamp issued by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in celebration of the horses’ visit to New York. Bound in rich purple Thai silk overprinted with charging horses with title gold-stamped on spine and front cover. Endpapers printed on gold sheets with a purple illustration of Venice. Enclosed inside a gold slipcase with purple ribbon to tie it together. B20th 4.

Sampler of Decorative Papers. Mill Valley, CA: Splendid Press, Miniature Book Conclave, 1985 2-3/4”x2-1/8” 2pp. letterpress plus 12 paper samples, marbled paper wrappers.

Colophon: This is a sampler of decorative papers used in the making the covers and endpapers of miniature books. The methods used are of ancient origin and involve much handwork, patience and creativity. Included are designs made by marbling, fold-and-dye, paste-grain and printers/ type ornaments. All were made by Splendid Press members, B20th5/2618

Powell, Lawrence Clark. Make Mine a Small One. Mill Valley, CA: Splendid Press, 1993. 7 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/2″. Letterpress, pictorial wrappers. B20th 6/2415.

Adams, Maryline, Carol Cunningham, and Susan Acker. Splendid Press Keepsake. Splendid Press, 1985. B20th: Not listed.

Splendid Press Bookmarks. B20th: Not listed.