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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Great Britain – Alembic Press

Return to: Miniature books in the Smith Collection published in countries other than the United States

Described on this page are copies of miniature books in the Smith Collection published by a press in a country other than the United States.

In 2008, The University of Iowa purchased the archive of the Alembic Press.  The finding aid for the collection can be found at http://collguides.lib.uiowa.edu/?MSC0882. All of the miniature books listed below, and other miniatures acquired with the archive, have now been cataloged and are now shelved with that portion of the Smith Collection.

Alembic Press

Winchester, England

Bolton, C. A Tale of Two Princesses. Winchester, England:
The Alembic Press, 1978. 20 pp. 3″ x 4 1/8″. Colophon: 78 copies printed on Conqueror Vellum Laid of which 8 are bound
in fabric and 70 in card. 2 copies printed on recycled hand made paper. Set
in Caslon’s 2 line small pica Ronde No. 1. Linocuts of drawings by Rebecca Bolton and Melissa Hunter. Text C. Bolton.

Lawson-Hall, Claire and Muriel Mallows. Wytham Stream. Oxford: The Alembic Press, 1993.
2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. #50 of 70 copies.

6-line Wood Letter Alphabets. Marcham: The Alembic Press, 1995. 1 7/8″ x 2 3/4″. 6 pamphlet-bound booklets in a slipcase.

Lawson-Hall, Claire and Muriel Mallows. A Summer Garden, Alembic Press, 1999. 3 x 3″. #92 of 100 copies.

Bolton, Claire. A Small Piece of Action, Alembic Press, 2000.  2 7/8 x 2″. One of 120 copies for Madie’s [i.e., Madeleine’s] 2nd birthday.

Bolton, Claire. M. Alembic Press, 2002. 2 7/8 x 2 3/4″. One of 50 copies for Madie’s [i.e., Madeleine’s] 4th birthday.

Lawson-Hall, Claire. Primose. Designed, illustrated and hand scribed, Mar. 2003 1 3/4 x 1 1/4″.

Lawson-Hall, Claire. A Petticoat Tale. Alembic Press, 2003. 2 7/8 x 2 7/8″. One of 60 copies for Madeleine’s 5th birthday.

Madeleine Alembic Press, 2004. #27 of 40 copies for Madie’s [i.e., Madeleine’s] 6th birthday.  1 1/4 x 1 7/8″.

Bolton, Claire and David, and David Caron. Paper Cranes. Alembic Press, 2004. 2 3/8 x 3″. #38 of 44 copies.

Eddie’s Wheel Book. Alembic Press, 2005. 2 3/8 x2 7/8″. One of 40 copies printed for Eddie’s first birthday.

Why is Robert Smiling? Alembic Press, 2006. One of 36 copies printed for Robert’s first birthday.