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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.

Yellow Kid Press

Portland and Sabbathday Lake, ME


Longfellow, Stephen. The Beagle’s Adventure. Yellow Kid Press, 1968. 1 ½” x 1 3/8″. 18pp.
Colophon: 75 Copies Printed at The Yellow Kid Press by David W. Serette.
A manuscript poem. Ca. 1800. Illustrated. Printed wrappers. B20th 1.

Serette, David. The Yellow Kid Flip Book. Portland, MN: The Yellow Kid Press, 1969. B20th: Not listed.

Serette, Dave. The Arbitrary ABCDarium. Portland: The Yellow Kid Press, 1969. 1 11/16″ x 1 ½”. 62pp.
Colophon: I’m David Serette, Yellow Kid Press, Out of 35 copies, this is 1, I guess.
Red decorated wrappers. Printed in colors with various alphabet types. Limerick type poems referring to 28 miniature book collectors. B20th 3.

Serette, David W. Story Without Words With the Yellow Kid. Maine: Yellow Kid Press, 1969. 2″ x 1 3/8″.
Living Photographs printed in yellow. Yellow wrappers printed in black. In original wrapper. printed from original copy. Owned by Ruth Adomeit. B20th 5.

Serette, David. A Cherubic Capitulation. Portland: Yellow Kid Press, 1970. 2″ x 2 ½”. 18pp.
Colophon: The initial letters around which we constructed this story are from Stephenson, Blake and Co., England. The cut on the front cover was lent to me by a friend. This second edition was done into print in January, 1970 by Dave Serette at the Yellow Kid Press. Limited to 100 copies of which this is Number 75.
An amusing alphabet with each letter adorned with a playful cherub. First edition 1969. This is the second edition, 1970. Very fine in printed wrappers, housed in an envelope with printed label. B20th 8.

Serette, David W. Le Jeux de Cupidon. Portland: Yellow Kid Press, 1971. 1 5/8″ x 1 15/16″. 28pp.
Colophon: 750 Copies Printed at The Yellow Kid Press. By D. Serette, Boss Printer. 1982 Note: Only 75 sets of signatures survived to be bound. DWS.
Designed in 1971 as forerunner to the Cherubikon. the contents are the same, but arranged differently, and include an introduction plus 1982 note. Gold wrappers printed in black-cover spine. B20th 9.

Serette, David. Serette’s Cherubikon. Poland Spring: The Yellow Kid Press, 1980. 12 pp., 1 11/16″ x 1 _””.
Colophon: 750 copies printed at The Yellow Kid Press. By D. Serette, Boss Printer.
Dedicated to Howard Smith and Lisa Birnbach. 20 red and blue illustrations. Blue wrappers printed in red. B20th 10.

Serette, David. The Story of O‘. The Yellow Kid Press, 1975. 2″ x 1 ½”. 30pp.
Colophon: First Edition. 200 copies.
Stapled in the shape of a match book. B20th 11/2665.

Serette, David. Shaker Peg Bored. Sabbathday Lake: Shaker Press, 1978. 2″ x 1 _”. 40pp.
Colophon: 350 copies finished in May of 1978 at The Yellow Kid Press, which is also The Shaker Press. Watch for the next Shaker Peg adventure- Pegs of a Feather.
Gold cloth. B20th 12.

Serette, David. Pegs of a Feather. Sabbathday Lake: Shaker Press, 1979. 2″ x 1 5/8″. 34pp.
Colophon: 100 copies of this First Edition of Pegs of a Feather were finished in July of 1979. They are signed and numbered. This is 57of 100. The Yellow Kid Press, The Shaker Press.
Marbled boards. A Shaker historical fantasy. Signed at the end of the introduction. B20th 13.

Serette, David W. Cardigan Confidential. Sabbathday Lake: Yellow Kid Press, 1981. 36 pp., 2 1/16′ x 1 _”.
Colophon: First edition. Of one hundred copies, printed in May of 1981, This is Dawsons.
36 pages, plus folding plate. Illustrations by the author. Stamped cloth. Experiences of the author with a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. B20th 15.

Serette, David W. Teach My Cardigan to What?. Sebasco: The Cardigan Press, 1982. 2 ¼” x 1 7/8″. 22pp.
Colophon: 150 copies of this keepsake have been produced by David Serette at The Cardigna Press. The is copy # Printers copy.
Cardigan Press is Yellow Kid Press. B20th 16.

Serette, David. Pig Tracks. Sebasco: Yellow Kid Press, 1983. 30 pp., 2 ½” x 1 13/16″.
Illustrated. Wrappers. #144 of 150 copies. Each with a U.S. postage stamp. B20th 17.