Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Wild Hare 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.

Wild Hare Press

Berkely, CA


Beauty and the Beast. Berkely, CA: Wild Hare Press, 1982. 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ 28pp.
Colophon: This book was designed, typset, illustrated, marbled, printed, and bound by hand at Wild Hare Press in Berkely, California. The text type is Italian Oldstule. Printed on Rives lighweight buff paper and Antique ingres endpapers. This books inumber 10 in an edition of 100. Signed Corinne Guiney. B20th: 1/301.

Guiney, Corinne. A Pressing Problem: Being The True Story of The Printers’ Devil. Wild Hare Press, 1982. 3″ x 2-3/16″. 29pp.
Colophon: This book was designed and printed by hand at Wild Hare Press. The text is Deepdene 6 point set by Mackenzie & Harris of San Francisco and printed on Rives lightweight. The etchings were created especially for the story and were printed on a Griffin etching press by Corinne Guiney. This book is number 7 in an edition of 100, signed by Corinne Guiney.
A humorous tale told in verse about a printer and his encounter with the Devil. One hundred letterpress printing terms throughout the text, set in italic, are put into a glossary at the back of the book in a Devils’ Dictionary. The poem was written by Corinne Guiney and the deluxe version is illustrated with six of her etchings; protected by tissue. The standard volume is illustrated with zinc engravings. The proportions of the book are reminiscent of the beautiful old eighteenth century French volumes. Bound in black leather with endpapers of Turkish marbled Antique Ingres paper. #1-30 are deluxe, and are contained in a devilish red leather slipcase as this copy is. B20th 2/1276.