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Great Britain – Gleniffer Press

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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.

Gleniffer Press

Paisley, Scotland

1976-

Wee De La Mare. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1976.

Betjeman, Sir John. Betjeman in Miniature. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1976. 23 pp. 2″ x 2″.

Colophon: This miniature book was typeset, printed and bound by hand. A special limited edition of 250 copies of which this is #152. Bound in maroon Querelin with title stamped in gold blocks on the front cover. Endpapers are hand marbled in green

Ballance, George. In Her Birthday Dress, A Poem of Our Time. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1976. #66 of 150 numbered and signed.

Wit of Burns. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1978. #40 of 500.

Three Blind Mice. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1978. 15 pp. 2.1 x 2.1 millimeters.

Colophon: 1978 Guinness Book of World Records, p. 340. Chpter 6, p. 94. #26 of 45. Donald, 35, and wife Helen, engineer with CAA at Glasgow Airport. 4pt. boxhead Gothis type imported from American typesetters engraved on nylo print block mounted type high. Printed by hand letterpress on fine white paper, sheets cut with sharp scalpel, glued to case one at a time using dental tweezers. Trimmed to size and title mounted on front. Need a x10 magnifier to read.

Forbes, Duncan. Adam Fergusun and the Idea of Community. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1979. 8 pp. 1-15/16″ x 1-5/16″.

Colophon: This is a limited edition of 200 copies, in which this is #46. Bound in blue querolin with marbled endpapers by Cockerells of Cambridge. Frontispiece is a black and white portrait Adam Ferguson by Raeburn. Encased inside a blue leather box with a clear plastic top cover. A black sticker that has a number 46 printed on it is affixed to the lower right hand corner of the top cover.

Gleniffer Press information sheet. Details how to care for the book. 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″. Folded sheet of paper.

Scottish Highland Postal Service. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1981. 1 15/16″ x 1 3/8″.

Colophon: This little book was set by Ian Macdonald in 4pt. metal type [Century expanded 59] printed and bound by hand at Glennifer Press. This is a Limited Edition of 250 copies only. No. 89. Unique end papers, in presentation, display case. Contains a British Postage Stamp.

The Ten Laws. (The Ten Commandments.) Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1982. 200 copies.

Isdale, Mark. Mrs. Burlington. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1983. 200 copies.

Miller, William. Willie Winkie. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1983. 1″ x _”.

Colophon: Out of a limited edition of 300 copies, this is #61. Printed on heavy art paper and bound in jet black smooth querolin with the title and illustration on the front cover gilt stamped. Special Scottish endpapers.

St. John III, V. 16. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1983. 69 pp. 2″ x 1 3/8″.

Colophon: This little language speciman book is printed from specially reduced plates, originated from typesetting of circa 1860. The types were cast by the well known typedfounders and printers, Gilbert and Rivington of London. The specimans first appeared in a series of publications which illustrated the many tongues in which The Holy Bible (or parts thereof) were being published by the British and Foreign Bible Society in victorian times. there are some 267 examples. Bound in leather with gold title and stored in plastic protective box.

The Times From 1785-1985. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press. 400 copies.

Microbibliograms. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1985.

Old King Cole. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1985. 12 pp. 0.9 to 1.25 mm2.

Colophon: Recognized by the Guiness Book of Records as the “Smallest Book in the World,” 1985. #33 of 85. The book itself is mounted on a display card inside a clear box. Uncut sheets of Old King Cole are mounted in a separate clear box. Includes a certified copy of the Guiness Book of Records certificate issued by the Gleniffer Press, numbered and signed by Ian Macdonald, the printer. Gilt edge display card to be used in library exhibitions. The book was printed using offset lithographic mechanical technology. The paper is the finest 22 g.s.m. English paper. The print area on each page is under 1 mm2. The final sizes of the books vary from 0.9 to 1.25 mm2. In the original box.

Barnett, T. Ratcliffe. The Old Doctor. Gleniffer Press, 1986.

Burns, Robert. Poems. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1987. #42 of 500.

von Schiller, Friedrich. Ode To Joy. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1988. 17 pp. 1-1/8″ x 13/16″. A limited edition of 300 copies printed in German and English. This is #30. Printed on White Heavy art paper and bound in black querolin with the title gold-stamped on the front cover. Printed and bound at the Private Press of Ian & Helen Macdonald.

Macdonald, Ian. Victoria and Albert. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1988. #80 of 253 copies.

Macdonald, Ian. David Livingstone. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1989. 200 copies.

Bahar, Ann. Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House Library. Paisley, Scotland: Gleniffer Press, 1991. 14 pp. 2 9/16″ x 2″. Limited edition of 256 copies. This is copy #6. Colored Frontispiece. Bound in blue leather with gold stamping on front cover.