Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Wallace Nethery

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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.

Wallace Nethery

Los Angeles, CA

1910-1996

Nethery, Wallace. The Pioneer and Charles Lamb. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1970. 10 pp. 2 3/8″ x 1 11/16″.
Colophon: Written & printed by Wallace Nethery, in 1959; now reprinted from plates (much reduced) in an edition of 25 copies, of which this is #8, signed by Wallace Nethery.
Bound in a glossy yellow paper cover with the title printed in black on the front cover. B20th 1/2221.

Nethery, Wallace. Lamb’s Choice. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1983. 13 pp. 2 3/4″ x 1 15/16″.
Colophon: 50 copies have been printed by Wallace Nethery for his & Corry’s friends at Christmas, 1983. Inscribed to Charlotte and Tom Smith.
Introduction by Wallace Nethery. Bound in plain white paper cover with the title printed in black on the front. Tied together with a red string. B20th 2/3285.

Nethery, Wallace. Saul Marks, Printer. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1984. 22 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″.
Letterpress, printed paper wrappers. 30 copies. B20th 3/2223.

Lamb, Charles. On Country Living. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1984. 12 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″.
Letterpress, printed paper wrappers, printed label. B20th 4/1720.

Chesterton, G.K. The Tomato in Prose and Prosody. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1986. 20 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/2″.
Colophon: Seventy-five copies printed at Los Angeles by Wallace Nethery. Inscribed for Charlotte and Tom Smith by Wallace Nethery on 5/3/87.
Contains three illustrations. Bound in marbled paper with a title label affixed to the spine. 75 copies. B20th 6/699.

Nethery, Wallace. Zuleika Rediviva. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1986. 13 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″.
Edition of 35 copies printed by the author. Inscribed to Tom and Charlotte Smith on 5/18/87. Bound in tan paper cover with the title printed in black on the front. B20th 7/2227.

Nethery, Wallace and Corry. Maxie. Los Angeles, CA: Corry and Wallace Nethery, 1986. 24 pp. 1 3/4″ x 1 5/8″.
Colophon: Fifty copies of this edition have been printed & bound by the authors. Inscribed to Charlotte and Tom Smith on 12/13/91 by Wallace and Corry Nethery.
Bound in blue paper with printed label. 25 copies. B20th 8/2228.

Nethery, Wallace. Midnight Darlings on Broadway. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1987. 33 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″.
Colophon: 75 copies printed by the author. Inscribed, “Bound by Mariana Blau. For Tom & Charlotte Smith, with my warmest wishes, Corry Nethery. May 30, 1998.”
Bound in green book cloth with a label on the cover and the title gold stamped on the spine. Orange end papers. B20th 9/2218.

Chesterton, G.K. Christmas and the Professors. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1987. 16 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 3/16″.
Colophon: Letterpress, printed paper wrappers. “Christmas and the Professors” appeared in the London Illustrated News, December 18, 1909; and was collected by Marie Smith in The Spirit of Christmas, 1984. It is here printed by Wallace and Corry Nethery for their friends at Christmas, 1989. B20th 11/696.

Nethery, Corry. Fleurons by Chance. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1989. 30 pp. 2 15/16″ x 2 15/16″.
Colophon: Contains 12 original doodle drawings, the “automatic” drawings by Corry Nethery. Printed by Wallace Nethery. Edition of 50 signed copies of which this is #17. Bound in decorative paper wrapper with a title label affixed to the front cover. B20th 12/2208.

Burns, Robert. Bonnie Wee Thing. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1990. 6 pp. 3″ x 2 1/8″.
Colophon: Presented by Mary Helen & Glen Dawson & Cory & Wallace Nethery to The Miniature Book Society CONCLAVE VIII, Glasgow, Scotland, August 30-September 3, 1990.
A song by Robert Burns, bound in a blue paper cover with a thistle design. White title label affixed to the front cover. B20th 13/548.

Chesterton, G.K. The New Christmas. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1990. 12 pp. 2 9/16″ x 2 ¼”.
Colophon: Letterpress, printed paper wrappers. “The New Christmas” appeared in G.K. Weekly, December 25, 1926, and was collected by Marie Smith in The Spirit of Christmas, 1984. It is here printed by Corry and Wallace Nethery for their friends at Christmas 1990. B20th 14/697.

Chesterton, G.K. A Child of the Snows. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1991. 16 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 3/16″.
Colophon: Letterpress, printed paper wrappers. “A Child of the Snows” first appeared in the author’s Poems, 1915, and was collected by Marie Smith in The Spirit of Christmas, 1984. It is printed here by Corry and Wallace Nethery for their friends at Christmas, 1991.
Bound in pink paper with title printed in black on the front. B20th 15/695.

Nethery, Wallace and Corry. Maxie. (second edition). Los Angeles,CA: Wallace Nethery, 1991. 9 pp. 2 11/16″ x 2 ¼”.
Colophon: Letterpress, printed paper wrappers, printed label. Fifty copies of this second edition have been and bound by the authors. Signed Wallace and Corry. B20th 16/2229.

Lamb, Charles. Paragraphs from New Year’s Eve. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1992. 11 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″.
Letterpress, printed wrappers. Printed and bound by Wallace and Corry Nethery as a Christmas greeting. B20th 17/1721.

Weber, Francis J. Christopher Columbus. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace nethery, 1992. 13 pp. 2 5/8″ x 2 1/8″. Letterpress, cloth boards, slipcase. Postage stamps. 150 copies. B20th 18/3089.

Weber, Francis J. Las Golondrinas. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1992. 18 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 3/8″.
Colophon: Letterpress, printed paper boards, printed label. Illustrations by Margaret Class. Two hundred copies printed at Los Angeles by Wallace Nethery; wood engravings & binding by Margaret Class. 40 copies in gilt leather spine, paper boards; 8 copies in gilt leather with onlays.
Bound in marbled paper over boards with a title label affixed to the spine. B20th 19/3126.

White, E. B. Relative Pronouns, a Christmas Garland. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1992. 17 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″. B20th 20/3245.

White, E.B. Relative Pronouns, a Christmas Garland. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1992. 17 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″.
Colophon: Letterpress, gilt leather spine, cloth boards by Pall Bohne. Fifty copies printed by Wallace & Cory Nethery for their grammarian friends, December 1992.
This was one of three copies that were given away. One was given to Msgr. Francis Weber, they kept one, and one was given to Charlotte Smith. They received permission from White’s agent, but they also needed permission from The New Yorker, and therefore were unable to print this edition until after Christmas. Bound in plain white paper covers. Text held together by a yellow string. B20th 21/3246.

Nethery, Wallace. Grandmother in Peace and War. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1993. 13 pp. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″.
Letterpress, printed paper wrappers. Hand-colored illustrations on title page. Bound in decorative paper with a title label affixed to the front cover. B20th 22/2214.

Beerbohm, Max. The Poet and His Books. Los Angeles, CA: Wallace Nethery, 1994. 22 pp. 2 15/16″ x 2 3/16″. B20th 23/304.

Nethery, Wallace. Pastorale. Los Angeles, CA: privately printed, 1997. 35 pp. 2 11/16″ x 2 1/8″.
Colophon: Printer’s Note. 200 copies of this little book were printed by Pall Bohne, using Wallace’s favorite typeface, Bembo, a design that can be traced back to about the year 1495. Dorchester Script, as used above, on the title page, and in other places, was another typeface Wallace liked to use in his printing endeavors. The flower basket ornament used on the title page is an excerpt from a design made by T. M. Cleland in 1916. Since it was freed from its fellow pen strokes, it has graced many wedding invitations and miniature books. The binding is by Mariana Blau. Inscribed, “For Tom & Charlotte, with my warmest wishes, Corry [Nethery].” Bound in marbled paper with cloth spine. B20th 25/2220.