Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Ursus 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.

Ursus Press

Amsterdam, NY


Kenwell, Gerald. French Louie: Hermit of the Adirondacks. Amsterdam, NY: Ursus Press, 1983. 38 pp. 1-7/8 x 2-3/4″ “.
Colophon: One hundred forty copies of this book were printed from handset Modern type by Alvin S. Fick at his private press. 140 copies. This is copy #14, signed by Alvin S. Fick. Bound by Donald E. Brady, Hyattsville, Maryland.
Contains two black and white illustrations. One is of Louie and the other is of his log cabin. Handset and letterpress printed in 6 point type. Bound in green cloth over boards with the title gilt stamped on the front cover and spine. B20th 1.

Malam, Charles. Iron Earth. Amsterdam, NY: Ursus Press. (8) pp. 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″.
A private press keepsake in miniature reflecting the philosophy of Abraham Cowley: “Prize little things, nor think it ill-That men small things preserve.” Bound in dark blue paper cover decorated with white snowflakes. Text printed in red and black in a fold-out. A holiday greeting with a wreath at the end. B20th 2.