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Wee Willie’s Workshop

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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.

Wee Willie’s Workshop

Dundee, MI

1962-1976

Weygand, James Lamar. G. H. Petty and His Private Press. Nappanee, IN: privately printed, 1962. 20 pp. 2-1/2″ x 2 1/8″.
Colophon: 100 copies printed on a 3×5 press by Philip Weygand. Finished August 11, 1962. Checklist included. Bound in cloth-backed boards. B20th 1.

Weygand, James Lamar. Afternoons with the Nappannee Bard. Nappanee, IN: privately printed, 1963. 22 pp. 2-1/2″ x 2″.
Colophon: 100 copies printed on a 3×5 press by Phil W. Weygand. Limited to 100 copies signed by Weygand. Finished Sept. 22, 1963.
Includes checklist of books printed by Leander Hershberer. Bound in cloth-backed boards. B20th 2.

Murder on Beaver Island. Dundee, MI: Wee Willie’s Workshop, 1964. 45 pp. 2 5/8″ x 1 7/8″.
Colophon: 100 copies printed on a 7 x 11 Pearl by Phil W. Weygand. Finished Nov. 29, 1964.
Contains a folding map and 2 tipped in illustrations. Bound in pictorial yellow boards with title and illustration of a bee hive on the front cover, and a green fabricoid spine. B20th 3.

Drake, Harry. The First Battle of Bull Run: An Eyewitness Account. Dundee, MI: Willie’s Workshop, 1967. 35 pp. 2 5/8″ x 2″.
Colophon: About 125 copies printed on a 7 x 11 Pearl Press, by Phil Weygand (Willie’s Workshop). Finished Aug. 10, 1967.
This book was printed letterpress and includes a folding frontispiece and fold-out facsimile of the first page of the letter. Bound in yellow pictorial boards with title on the spine and an illustration of a man on a horse on the front cover. B20th 4.

Frost, L. A. General George Armstrong Custer. Dundee, MI: Willie’s Workshop, 1968. 36 pp. 2 5/8″ x 1 7/8″.
Colophon: About 175 copies printed on a 7×11 Pearl Press by Phil Weygand (Willie’s Workshop). Finished August 24, 1968.
Signed by Frost. Bound in light blue paper over boards with yellow spine bearing title and author. Printed in 2 colors. B20th 5.

Gold Fever: Indian Attack on Michigan Emigrants. Dundee, MI: Wee Willie’s Workshop, 1975. 38 pp. 2 1/2″ x 1 7/8″.
Colophon: About 100 copies printed from a 7 x 11 Pearl Press on Fabriano (Italian) paper. Text was set in 8 pt Caslon Old style Roman and bound by the printer. Publication ended on the 29th day of December, 1975.
Includes California Gold Centennial Stamp, folding map of Overland Trail, cloth and boards. Signed by Phil Weygand and publisher. Written about the D. Johnson Indian Attack on Michigan Emigrants. Bound in brown boards with a darker brown fabricoid spine with the tittle gold-stamped on it. B20th 6.