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Whipporwill Press

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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.

Whipporwill Press

Frankfort, KY

1971-1991

Franklin, Benjamin. The Ephemera. The Whippoorwill Press, 1974. 9 pp. 2-15/16″ x 2-5/16″.
Colophon: This timeless story by Benjamin Franklin has been handset in Garamond types and printed at the Whippoorwill Press, R. 2, Box 332, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, J. Hill Hamon, Proprietor, in a limited edition of 125 copies. This is number 102.
Printed on rice paper. Bound in tan cloth over boards with yellow endpapers. Title printed in blue on white paper pasted on the front cover. B20th 4.

Spelvin, George. Gary Takes Up Golf. Frankfort, KY: The Whippoorwill Press, 1976. 9pp. 2-7/8″ x 2-5/16″.
Colophon: This sports classic (?) was handset in Century and Caslon types and printed on a Kelsey 5×8 hand press at the Whippoorwill Press, R. 2, Box 332, in Frankfort, Ky., 40601, J. Hill Hamon, Proprietor. Limited edition of 100 Copies, This is copy NO.: 95.
Bound in paper over boards in a red and white pattern. Title printed in black on a piece of yellow paper pasted on the front cover. B20th 5.

Hamon, J. Hill. The Wayside Chapel. The Whippoorwill Press, 1976. 2-7/8″ x 2-1/4″.
Colophon: This classic misunderstanding was handset and printed on a Kelsey 5×8 hand press at the Whippoorwill Press, R.2, Box 332, Frankfort, Ky, 40601, J. Hill Hamon, Proprietor. The illustration is by Daniel T. von Koschembahr.
Bound in gingham with a yellow floral cover in cloth. Hand colligraphed initial at beginning. #182 of 200 copies. B20th 6.

Woolfolk, Miriam. Seasons. Frankfort, KY: The Whippoorwill Press, 1977. 2-7/8″ x 2-1/4″.
Colophon: Seasons has been hand set in Garamond types and printed and bound by hand at the Whippoorwill Press, R. 2, Box 332, Frankfort, Kentucky, 20601, J. Hill Hamon, Proprietor. Some of these poems have appeared in Wind, Twigs, Pegasus, The Family Album, & Kentucky Poetry Review. The illustrations are by the author. A Limited Edition of 250 Copies. This is Copy Number 234.
Bound in mottled synthetic fabric with paper label on spine displaying the title. Endpapers are light blue. Cover is a mixture of gold and various shades of blue. B20th 7.

Franklin, Benjamin. Making Large Sheets of Paper in Chinese Manner. Frankfort, KY: The Whippoorwill Press, 1979. 2-15/16″ x 2-5/16″. #81 of 100 copies.
Colophon: This treatise has been handset in caslon types and printed on a Kelsey 5×8 handpress. The paper is hand made Whippoorwill paper, dipped by the printer, J. Hill Hamon, Prop., the Whippoorwill Press & Papermill, R.2, Box 332, Frankfort, KY 40601. The linocuts are by Bonnie Baris.
This informative essay was read to the American Philosophical society of Philadelphia in 1788. This is the first book printed on the printer’s own handmade ivory paper. Bound in boards. B20th 8.

Hamon, J. Hill. An Italian iin Detroit. Frankfort, KY: The Whippoorwill Press, 1980. 2-1/4″ x 2-5/8″.
Colophon: This linguistic atrocity was handset in Caslon types and printed on a 5×8 Kelsey handpress during the summer of 1980, at the Whippoorwill Press, R. 2, Box 332, Frankfort, KY, 40601. J. Hill Hamon, Proprietor, printer, binder, & publisher. J. Marshall White aided in the presswork. Of 250 copies, this is number 9.
Hand caligraphed initials and decoration on cover. Bound in white folded over paper and tied together by a red string. Title on the front cover. B20th 9.

Hamon, J. Hill. Ode to Those Four Letter Words. Frankfort, KY: The Whippoorwill Press, 1981. 2-3/8″ x 2-5/8″. 10pp.
Colophon: This scholarly little classic is set in Weiss types and printed at the Whippoorwill Press, J. Hill Hamon, Prop. R. 2, Box 332, Frankfort, KY 40601. Of 200 copies, this is number 54, signed by J. Hill Hamon.
Bound in tan cloth with printed label bearing the title pasted on the front cover. B20th 10.

Hamon, Libby. A Miniature Candy Cookbook. Frankfort, KY: The Whippoorwill Press, 1981. 26 pp. 2-7/8″ x 2-5/16″.
Colophon: This book has been handset in Caslon types and printed on a Kelsey hand platen press during the summer of 1981. The linocuts are by Bonnie Baris, The Whippoorwill Press, R. 2, Box 332, Frankfort, KY 40601, J. Hill Hamon, proprietor. The edition is 200 copies, 100 copies on 70 lb. vellum text, 100 on handmade Whippoorwill paper. This is no. 52 on handmade Whippoorwill paper.
Compiled by Libby Hamon. Bound in tan fabric over boards with title label on front cover. Held closed by a paper wrap. B20th 11.

Beethoven, Ludwig von. The Heiligenstadt Testament. Frankfort, KY: The Whippoorwill Press, 1982. 2-3/8″ x 1-15/16″. 14pp. Edition of 100 copies.
Colophon: This book has been handset in Centaur and Arrighi types and printed on a hand press on Whippoorwill paper, dipped by the printer. J. Hill Hamon, the Whippoorwill press, R. 2, Box 332, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. This is #22 of 100 copies signed by J. Hill Hamon.
Clearly the most dramatic prose that Ludwig van Beethoven ever wrote, set in 6 point. Bound in brown boards. B20th 12.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Nature. From Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay on Nature. Frankfort, KY: The Whippoorwill Press, 1983. 13 pp. 2-7/8″ x 2-3/8″.
Colophon: This book was handset in Garamond types and printed on Mohawk Superfine paper during the summer of 1983. The edition is 125 copies. This is number 22, signed by J. Hill Hamon.
Bound in tan over boards with title displayed on a piece of paper pasted on the front cover. B20th 13.

Leopold, Aldo. Sawdust: Selection from the writings of Aldo Leopold. Frankfort, KY: The Whippoorwill Press, 1983. 2-7/8″ x 2-5/16″. 15pp.
Colophon: This small anthology was handset in Garamond types and printed and bound by the editor, J. Hill Hamon, at the Whippoorwill Press, Frankfort, Kentucky, during the summer of 1983. The paper is Mohawk Superfine. Of the edition of 125 copies, this is number 22, signed by J. Hill Hamon.
This book contains luminous selections from the writings of Aldo Leopold, the father of the American conservation movement, have been preserved here as a miniature book. Bound in brown cloth over board with title on a paper label on the front cover. B20th 14.

Hamon, J. Hill. A Shaggy Dog Story. Frankfort, KY: The Whippoorwill Press, 1983. 6 pp. 2-1/8″ x 2-11/16″.
Colophon: This master(?)piece was set in Caslon types and printed during the uncomfortable Dog Days of 1983. The edition is 100 copies. This is number 22, signed by J. Hill Hamon.
An outrageously funny apocryphal play on words minimasterpiece which has been preserved here as a miniature book. Bound in gold boards with title label on the front cover. B20th: 15.