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Great Britain – English Imprints, 1780-1900

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.

English Imprints, 1780-1900

Various Places

The Bible in Miniature, or, A concise history of the Old and New Testaments. London: E. Newbery, 1780. 256 pp. 1 5/8″ x 1 3/16″.
Full calf. Modest edge rubbing. Illustrated. Welsh 1011.

The Bible in Miniature, Or a Concise History of the Old and New Testaments. Gainsbrough: H.&G. Mozley, 1798. 220 pp. 1 5/8″ x 1 3/8″.
9 woodcut illustrations. Calf. Rebacked with cloth. The Mozleys printed miniature Bibles from 1795 to 1815 but very few copies are recorded. Gainsbrough is in Eastern England, thirty miles southwest of Hull. Welsh 1016.

Bible Forget-Me-Nots. A daily text-book of divine promises, by the author of Morning and Night watches. London, Belfast & New York, Marcus Ward [n.d.] 3 inch tall page. Welsh 1238.

Bijou Language of Flowers. London, England: Harris Brothers, 1848. 106 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 1/4″. Hand-colored frontispiece. Full leather, stamped in gold. 6d stamped on cover. Binding a little rubbed. Welsh 1278.

The Bijou History of England. London: Rock and Co., [ca 1845]. 144 pp. 1 13/16″ x 1 3/8″. COLOPHON: Seventeen woodcut portraits of Kings of England. Lacking one leaf of text. Vol. 1 or 2 volumes giving brief histories of English rulers. This volume lists William I through Edward V. Full leather, gilt. All edges gilded. Welsh 1274.

Betting rule book of H. G. Fry, London. n.d. 16pp. 1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″. Black leatherette with “Inserted,” Westrand, London. on the cover in gold. Contains rules and codes for betting establishment.

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah. London: James Nisbet, 1833. 248pp., 2 ½” x 2″.
Red leather with flap. Gilt edges. Printer, T.C. Johns, Red Lion Ct. Fleet St. Welsh 613.

The Book of Psalms Bible Version. London: Scripture Gift Mission 14 Bedford St., Strand, W.C. Printed at Oxford University Press, no date. 455pp. 2 3/8″ x 1 5/8″. Light brown leather. Gold stamped title on front cover. Edges gilded. Marbled endpapers. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Not listed in the Welsh bibliography.

Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim’s Progress From This World to That Which is to Come: Delivered Under the Similitude of a Dream. London: The Book Society, no date. 384pp. 3 9/16″ x 2 5/16″. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Welsh 1518.

Chatelain, Clara De (Madame). Up! Horsie! An Original Fairy Tale. London: Joseph Myers & Co., 1850. 40 pp., 3 5/16″ x 2 1/16″. Gift of Robert Bradbury. Welsh 1748.

Chesterfield’s Advice to His Son, on Men and Manners. Halifax [Yorkshire]: Milner and Sowerby, 1854. 4 1/4″ x 2 15/16″. 123pp. Brown cloth. Blind stamped front and back cover with gold stamped title on front cover. Edges gilded. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Not listed in Welsh’s bibliography.

Copy of Freedom. City of London. Vellum strip. Admission to London Guild for James Palmer Pike, Citizen & Basketmaker. May 18, 1877. Folded into a stamped paper envelope.

DeFoe, Daniel. Little Robinson Crusoe. London: Tilt & Bogue, ca.1836. 191pp. 3-1/16″ x 2-1/2″. Printed by Brandbury and Evans. Bound in brown fabricoid over boards with an illustration stamped in gold on the front cover and 4 band stamped across the spine. Pages have yellowed and the cover is worn with age. Welsh 2215.

Emerson: Thoughts Selected by Louey Chisholm. London and Edinburgh: T.C. and E.C. Jack, no date. 63pp. 4″ x 2 3/8″. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Not listed in the Welsh bibliography.

English – German Dictionary. London: Frank Smythson, Ltd., no date. 643pp. 1 15/16″ x 1 1/2″. Leather. Gold stamped front cover, back cover and spine. Gold stamped title and decoration on spine. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Not listed in Welsh bibliography.

Gold Dust: a Collection of Golden Counsels for the Sanctification of Daily Life. London: Master and Co., [1880?]. 74pp. 3 1/2″ x 2 3/8″.
Brown stamped cloth. Gold stamped decorations and title on front cover and spine. Gold stamped decorations on back cover. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Welsh 3078.

History of England from William the Conqueror to Edward VII. London: Goode Bros., ca.1900. 1 3/4″ X 1 1/4″. Blue paper cover. Not listed in Welsh bibliography.

The Illustrated Bible, Also Verses, Railway to Heaven. London: Goode Bros., 1890. 2 5/16″x 1 5/8″. Thin glazed dark purple or black paper covered with gold print. Not listed in Welsh bibliography.

Hymns Ancient and Modern For Use in the Services of the Church. London, William Clowes and Sons, [1900]. 861pp. 1 7/8″ x 2 1/8″. Black leather with silver front cover stamped with angels. Welsh 3637.

Hymns Ancient and Modern For Use in the Services of the Church. London: William Clowes and Sons, limited, no date [C. 1880]. 347pp. 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. Brown leather. Gold stamped title on front cover. Gilt edges. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Welsh 3636.

Lamb, Charles. Rosamund Gray, A Tale; And Other Pieces. London: Charles Tilt, Fleet Street; J. Menzies Edinburgh; W.F. Wakeman, Dublin, 1836. 136pp. 4 3/8″ x 2 3/4″. Blind stamped front and back cover. Gold stamped title and decorations on spine. Gilt edges. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Welsh 4266.

Life of Alfred the Great. London: G.E. Petter, 1849. 127 pp. 2 15/16″ x 1 1/4″. Blue stamped cloth and all edges gilded. Welsh 4389.

May, W. The Little Book of British Quadrupeds. London: Charles Tilt, [ca. 1840]. 191pp., illus. 3 1/8″ x 2 7/16″.
Contains 48 attractive engraved plates. Bound in reddish brown cloth over boards with title stamped in gold on the front cover and spine. Covers worn with age. Welsh 4890.

Methodist Episcopal Church. A collection of hymns for the use of the people called Methodists, by the Rev. John Wesley. With a Supplement. London, n.d. Entered at Stationer’s Hall. 701pp. 2″ x 3 3/8″. Black leather covered boards with brass clasp. Welsh lists this title, but in smaller formats, at 4932.

The Mite. Grimsby, England: Robinson,  E. A., 1891. 38pp. 13/16″ x 11/16″. Eight illustrations (seven are full-page). Published as “a curiosity,” this book was the smallest in the world to be printed from movable type until “Galileo” from the Bros. Salmon in Padua. Black leather binding with gold title on cover. All edges red. Spielmann 376; Bondy, p. 98-99; Welsh 5067. Gift of Carol Kapell in memory of Pauline B. Deems.

The Mite. Grimsby, England: E.A. Robinson, 1896. 27 pp. 13/16″ x 11/16″. Red paper covers. Welsh 5069. Bondy pp. 98-99.

Needlework Patterns. England, Crystal Palace Exhibition, 1851. 32 pp. 3-1/16″ x 2-1/4″. Text consists of various needlework patterns printed in green, blue, and red on an accordian fold. Bound in green cloth over boards. Cover is worn and pages are yellowed with age.

Pictures of Roman History in Miniature. London: Darton, Harvey and Darton, & J. Harris, 1817. 96 pp. 2 5/8″ x 2 1/2″.
Illustrated and designed by Alfred Mills. 46 engraved plated, with explanatory anecdotes. Original red roan. Lacks blank front endpaper. Welsh 5004.

The Poetical Works of John Dryden. In Two Volumes With the Life of the Author. Volume First. London: William S. Orr & Co., 1848. 175pp. 3 9/16″ x 2 1/4″. Green cloth. Blind stamped decorations on front and back cover. Gold stamped decorations and title on spine. Gilt edges. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. This imprint not listed in the Welsh bibliography; the 1825 version by Jones is Welsh 2544.

Prescott, Rev. G.F. Counsels on Prayer. London: William Wells Gardner, no date. 96pp. 4 13/16″ x 3 1/8″. Green cloth. Blind stamped decorations on front and back cover. Gold stamped title on front cover. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Not listed in the Welsh bibliography.

Slight, Henry. True Stories of H.M. Ship Royal George. Ryde, Isle of Wight, E. Hartnall (sic.), 1841. 120 pp. 3 3/8″ x 2″.
An account of survivors of the foundering of th eRoyal George off Cowes in 1782, and contains verses dedicated to the warship and its crew, and accounts of salvage operations. Bound in wood from the ship, slightly warped. Brown leather spine with the title gold stamped on it. Welsh 6415.

Taylor, John. Verbum Sempiternum. London: Longman and Co., 1849. 2 ¼” x 2″.
Bound in plain calf. Marbled endpapers. Contains also Salvator Mundi. Welsh 1218.

The Wreath: Containing The Mistrel. The Grave. Elegy on the Death of Lady Coventry. Hymnm From Psalm 148. Monody to the Memory of a Young Lady. Ode to Melancholy. Death. Distress. The Hermit., To Which is Subjoined, A Sketch Of the Life of Dr. Beattie. London: T. Wills, H.D. Symonds, T. Heptinstall, Champante and Whitrow, no date. 107pp. 4 1/2″ x 2 5/8″. Gift of Carol Kapell in Memory of Pauline B. Deems. Not listed in the Welsh bibliography.