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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Tenfingers 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.

Tenfingers Press

Los Angeles, CA

1959-1972

Frank, Thomas. The Myths of California Isle. Los Angeles, CA:
Tenfingers Press, 1966. (50) pp. 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.
Colophon: This book was printed by hand on dampened Rives paper by
Phyllis & Frank J. Thomas with handset Bembo, Narrow Bembo &
Centaur types. October 1966, 200 Copies. No. 88.
This book is bound in maroon morocco with a tan cloth spine. Title
label is affixed to the spine. End papers are black with gold and
silver design. B20th 1.

Thomas, Frank. Circus Wagons. Los Angeles, CA: Tenfingers Press,
1972. 2 3/8″ x 2 7/16″.
Colophon: All photographs have been printed from original negatives
& were archivally processed for permanence. The text was set in
Bembo with Clarendon and Old Town display. Printing was performed
without a murmur by our old Chandler & Price press on Curtis Rag
paper. The twenty fingers of Phyllis & Frank J. Thomas hand-set,
printed, collated and bound the pages into an edition of 150 books.
No. 50, signed by Frank Thomas.
Bound in red and black marbled paper over boards with a black cloth
spine. Title printed in gold on the spine. Text paper is
french-folded. B20th 3.