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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Xavier 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.

Xavier Press

Baltimore, MD

1984-

Church, Francis P. Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. Baltimore, MD: F.X. Harrigan, 1984. 7 pp. 2-3/8″ x 1-3/4″.
Colophon: Produced in a limited edition of 100 copies in December 1984. Text is set in 6 pt. Centaur Roman and Arrighi Italic. Printed on a 6 x 9 Baltimore #14 bandpress. Handset, printed, and bound by F.X. Harrigan. This is #79.
Bound in red paper over boards with a gold title label on front cover and spine. Endsheets are pale green. Enclosed inside a miniature manilla envelope. B20th 1.

Bellas, R.C. Ottmar Mergenthaler’s Marvel. Baltimore: Xavier press, 1986. 2 ½” x 2″.
Colophon: Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies on a 10″ x 15″ C and P foot-operated press by Francis X. Harrigan. Binding by Donald E. Brady. Text is set in 6 point Bodoni Book on a 1911 Model 5 Linotype by Peter Monaldi and supervised by Bruno Woernle at the Graphic Arts Museum of Maryland. No. 47. Signed Francis X. Harrigan.
Contains illustrations of early Linotype machines and a pocket in the back holds an actual Linotype brass matrix (missing). VI plus 37 pages. J Paper is acid-free Mohawk Superfine. Frontispiece is a reproduction of a 1954 German stamp honoring Mergenthaler. Bound in red cloth over boards. Colored end papers. Spine and front stamped in gold. 500 copies. B20th 2.

Bellas, R.C. Mother of Exiles. Baltimore: Xavier Press, 1986. 2 _” x 1 15/16″.
Colophon: Printed in a limited edition of 250 copies at the Xavier Press. Text is handset in 6 pt. Bulmer No. 462 and printed on a 6 x 9 Baltimore No. 14 handpress by F.X. Harrigan. Binding by Donald E. brady. No. 77. Francis X Harrigan signed.
Bound in deep green cloth over boards with a stamped likeness of the Statue off Liberty in copper on the front cover. On the spine is the book’s title and author’s name in copper. Endsheets are medium brown. Tipped-in frontispiece is black and white photo of the Statue of Liberty. A U.S. 22 cent commemorative postage stamp is on the verso of the acknowledgement page. 28 numbered pages plus colophon and six pages of front matter. B20th 3.

Bellas, R.C. We the People: Two Hundred Years of the Constitution. Baltimore: Xavier Press, 1987. 2 ½” x 1 15/16″.
Colophon: This book was handset in 6 pt. Bulmer 462 and printed on a 6×9 Baltimore No. 14 handpress by F.X. Harrigan at the Xavier Press in a limited edition of 250 copies. Bound by Don Brady. No. 22 Signed Francis X. Harrigan.
Three U.S. postage stamps: 1987 200th Anniversary of the signing of thee Constitution, a 1937 3 cent stamp on the 150th year and 1938 3 cent stamp, ratifying the constitution. 22 of 250 copies. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards. Front cover gold stamping has the Seal of the U.S. Spine has title and author stamped in gold. Endpapers are brown with black lettering. IV plus 20 pages. B20th 4.

Twain, Mark. The Old-Time Printer. Baltimore: Xavier Press, 1988. 2 3/8″ x 1 7/8″. 18pp.
Edition of 175 copies. B20th 5.

Bellas, P.H. Women Printers in Early Maryland. Baltimore: Xavier Press, 1991. 2 _” x 2 1/8″.
Colophon: This book was handset in 7 pt. Caslon 337 and printed on a 6×9 Baltimore No. 14 handpress by F.X. Harrigan at the Xavier Press in a limited edition of 200 copies. Bound by Don Brady. No. 17. Signed Harrigan.
Bright red cloth over boards, gront cover gilt-stamped and on spine. Pictorial endpapers in pink blue and white. 26 pages. Several illustrations. A fold out reproduction of a Maryland one dollar bill printed by Anne Catherine Gree in 1770. Another fold out of a reduced masthead of The Maryland Journal and the Baltimore Advertiser dated June 21, 1775. B20th 6.

Pilchik, Ely E. Josephus. Baltimore: Xavier Press, 1991. 38 pp., 2 5/8″ x 2 1/8″.
Colophon: The text of this book is set in Linotype BGaramond. Display types are Goudy Open, Centaur and Arrighi Italic. Design and production by F.X. Harrigan. 2/150. Signed Harrigan.
Gold stamped maroon leather. Gilt edges. B20th 7.

Carroll, Lewis. Wise Words about Letter Writing. Baltimore: Xavier press, 1993. 2 5/8″ x 2″.
Colophon: This book was handset in 6 pt. Bulmer type and printed on a 6×9 Baltimore No. 14 handpress by F.X. Harrigan at the Xavier Press in a limited edition of 160 copies. Bound by Don Brady. No. 7. Signed Harrigan.
Printed on acid-free paper. Frontispiece two mint 1980 U.S. stamps and a pullout of a Lewis Carrollletter, (reduced) are tipped in. Decorated endpapers. Bound in green cloth over boards. Spine and front stamped in gold. 160 copies. B20th 8.

Joynes, J. William. Kitty Knight. Baltimore: Xavier Press, 1994. 2 1/8″ x 3″.
Colophon: The text of this book is set in 8 pt. Linotype Caledonia. Headings are handset in Murray Hill Bold with legends and colophon in 6 pt. Bulmer. Designing, typesetting and printing on a 6×9 Baltimore No. 14 handpress by F. X. Harrigan at the Xavier Press. Printed in a limited edition of 160 copies. Linotype set by the Superior Composition Company. Bindings by Don Brady. No. 14. Signed Harrigan.
Three illustrations. Bound in white synthetic. B20th 9.

Bellas, P.H. Of Herbs & Nuts & Ancient Cures. Baltimore: The Xavier Press, 1998. 31 pp., 2 3/4″ x 2 1/8″.
Colophon: The text of this book is handset in 7 pt. Caslon. Subheads are in 10 pt. Fabritius and legends in 6 pt. Bakersville. All set in metal type and printed on 6 x 9 Baltimore No. 14 handpress by F.X. Harrigan at the Xavier Press in an edition of 200 copies.
Bound by Don Brady. Number 68. Signed by F.X. Harrigan. B20th 11.