Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Worldhouse Publishers

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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.

Worldhouse Publishers

Los Angeles, CA


Neal, Tom. Pretty Pictures, a Fable. Los Angeles, CA, Press in the Gatehouse, 1967. 22pp. 2-3/4″ x 2″.
Edition of 150 copies printed by William Cheney at the Press in the Gatehouse. Bound by Bela Blau. Illustrations by Tan. Bound in green fabricoid with author’s name stamped in gold on the spine. Enclosed inside a yellow dust jacket with the title and an illustration printed in black on the front and the author’s name on the spine. B20th 1.

Neal, Tom. Mother Goose. Los Angeles, CA, Worldhouse Publishers, 1977. 31pp. 2-7/8″ x 2-1/4″.
A limited edition from Worldhouse Publishers, Los Angeles, CA. Illustrations are hand colored by Dr. Tan. Bound in brown plastic with title and author’s name gold-stamped on the front cover. Enclosed inside a yellow dust jacket with a hand colored illustration on the front cover. Title and author’s name are printed in black on the front cover and on the spine. B20th 3.

Neal, Tom. Old Mother Who? Worldhouse Publishers, Los Angeles, 1978. 3″ x 2 5/8″.
Colophon: In Preparation. The Mother Goose Mystery Trilogy. Heather and Hilary The Adventures of Selmore Tomes. The Selmore Solution. by Tom Neal. Illustrations by Dr. Tan.
Handcolored illustrations, wrappers. 19 pages. B20th 4.

Neal, Tom. Heather and Hilleary. Worldhouse Publishing, Los Angeles, 1978. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″. 36pp.
Colophon: A limited edition.
A mystery story for children and some others. Handcolored illustrations. 36 pages. B20th 5.

Neal, Tom. Bookshop of Selmore Tomes. Worldhouse Publishers, Los Angeles, 1980. 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″. 47pp.
Colophon: A Limited Edition from Worldhouse Publishers. Los Angeles, California.
Illustrated, lexide. B20th 6.

Neal, Tom. The Road of Foxville. Worldhouse Publishers, Los Angeles, 1981. 2 ΒΌ” x 1 7/8″. 46 pp.
Further adventures of Selmore Tomes and the mystery of Heather and Hilary. B20th 7.