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Presses in Budapest, Hungary

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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.

Presses in Budapest, Hungary

A vörös Ör kis tankönyv, 1919. Budapest: 1979. 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″.

A Magyar Nemzeti Fuggetlensgi Front Progamja. Budapest, 1974. 1 7/8″ x 1 7/16″.

Andrusko, Koroly. Buhara, Szamarkand, Hiva. Budapest, Hungary: Janka Gyula, Egyetemi Nyomda, 1975. 89 pp. 2-3/8″ x 1-13/16″. #67 of 150 copies. Contains many fine woodcuts in two tints by the artist. Bound in a wine colored leatherette with the title stamped in gold on the spine and an illustration gold stamped on the front cover and bordered by a blue gilt stamped design.

Balintnak, Gyarmati Balassa. Szep Magyar Comoedia. Budapest: Patria Nyomda, 1983. 326 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 9/16″. #129 of edition. Includes two hand colored illustrations. Bound in green leather.

Baranyi, Dora M. The Life of Benjamin Franklin. Budapest: Franklin Printing House, 1973. 139 pp. 2 1/4″ x 1 1/2″. Text in Hungarian, English, and Russian. Leatherette with metal portrait of Franklin on cover. 100th Ann. of Franklin Press, Ill. portrait of Franklin by Jacque Reich; Franklin in his old age; inscription intended for his gravestone; B.F. in Watts printing office; Franklin’s parable on Intolerance Franklin Nymoda.

Bolgat, Ivan and Oszkar Vegh. Konymnyomtatas Magyarorszagon, 1473-1702. Budapest, 1973.

Chemia. Budapest, 1974. 160 pp., 3 ¼” x 2 5/16″. A Facsimile of a chemistry book, of 1895. Bound in aqua cloth with black stamping.

Comite Permanent des Syndicats de l”industrie Graphique, 1961-1981. Budapest: Kossuth, 1981. 386 pp. 2″ x 1 3/4″. The Standard Committee of Trade Unions of the Graphic Industry. In French, German, Russian, English, Spanish, and Hungarian. #856 of the edition.

2″ x 1 5/8″.

Copernicus, Nicolaus. De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium. Budapest: Athenaeum Nyomda, 1973.

Cserkuti, Ferenc. Industria di Carne Ungherese. Budapest, 1984. 223 pp. 2 7/16″ x 1 5/8″. Printed in Italian. #72 of edition. Revisto e qpprovato da Dr. Miklos Horvath. Ha collaborato nella compilazione. Includes illustrations of growing, slaughter, merchandising, and preparations of meats. Bound in maroon leather with a metal plaque bearing the title.

Early Chamber Music. Budapest: Edito Musica, 1984. 2 ½” x 1 _”. Yellow and purple in stiff boards. Numerous musical scores.

Engles, Magyarorszag 1848-49, Ungarn 1848-49. Budapest, 1974. 165 pp. 2″ x 1-7/16″. Bound in a beige leatherette with the title gold stamped on the front cover and spine.

Erato: The Drawings of Mihaly Zichy. Budapest: Corvina Kiado, 1988. 2 7/8″ x 3 3/4″.

Ferenc, Kristo Gyula-Mark. Karoly Robert. Budapest: Patria Nyomda, 1983. 377 pp., 1 7/8″ x 1 ½”.

Ferenc, Rozsa. Es a Szabad Nep. Budapest, 1976. 182 pp. 2″ x 1 ½”. Printed in Hungarian.

Gundel, Karoly. 100 Hungarian Dishes. Budapest: Revai Printing House, 1956. 118 pp., 3 1/16″ x 1 15/16″. Contributors: Karoly Mark, Janos Rakoczy, Elec Rehberger and Ferenc Gundel.

Gyerekrajzokkal, Petofi-Versek. A Mi Petofink. Budapest: 1976. 64 pp. 1 15/16″ x 2 9/16″. Poems with colored illustrations. Bound in red synthetic with colored dust jacket.

Gyorgy, Mate. Szabad Nep. Budapest, n.d.

Gyula, Janka. About Miniature Books for Collectors. Budapest: 1973. 251 pp., 2 5/16″ x 1 5/8″. In Hungarian, English, Russian, and German. Includes photographs.

Gyula, Janka. Advises for Collectors of Miniature Books. Budapest, 1971. 151 pp. 2 5/16″ x 1 5/8″. Colophon: Typography and design of binding by Gyula Janka. Printed in 500 copies of 6-point New Times type, on 90 g coated paper, with leather binding. Signed by Guyla. Printed in 500 copies, of 6-point New Times-type, on 90 g coated paper. Bound in dark blue leather with light blue insets, with gold stamping.

Gyula, Janka. Bibliography of Miniature Books, 1975. Budapest: Muszaki Konyvkiado, 1977. 237 pp. 2 13/16″ x 2″. Colophon: Text in Hungarian, Russian, and English. Includes 127 illustrations. The fourth volume of Janka’s Bibliography of Hungarian Miniature Books. This volume is devoted to miniature book publishing for just one year, 1975, and indicates the extent of the miniature book production in Hungary. Bound in violet leatherette.

Gyula, Janka. Bibliography of Miniature Books 1973-1974. Budapest: 1976. 325 pp., 2 3/4″ x 2″. Colophon: Technical leader: Erno Hegedus. Cover and design: Gyula Janka. Extent: 20,75 miniature gathering. Number of illustrations: 151. Published in 4,000 copies and 500 copies of these are numbered. In leather binding. Setting: New Times types of 6 points. Printing: on paper of 120 gram. In Hungarian, Russian, and English. Published on the 30th anniversary of our country’s liberation.

Gyula, Janka. What We Should Know about Miniature Books. Egyetemi Nyomda, Budapest, Hungary: Janka Gyula, 1974. 267pp. 2-5/16″ x 1-5/8″. Text written in Hungarian, English, Russian, and German with illustrations. Bound in beige leather with the title gold stamped on the spine and front cover on a red rectangular background.

Gyula, Kardos. Fashion Pictures from Bygone Times. Budapest, Hungary: Janka Gyula, 1987. 74 pp. 2-3/16″ x 1-7/8″. This book is #27 of 450 copies bound in lavendar leather with a fashion figure stamped in gold on blue background and gold design stamped on fron cover. Gold design also stamped on the spine. Text is printed in Hungarian, Russian, and English with illustrations.

Gyula, Kristo. III Bela. Budapest, 1985. 381 pp., 1 15/16″ x 1 ½”. There are four colored illustrations plus a fold-out geneologic chart and two black and white illustrations. Bound in red leather with a porcelain placque on the front cover depicting a priest giving a scroll to two monks with mountains and buildings in the background. #168 of edition.

Heltai Gaspar Szaz Fabula. Budapest, 1984. #577 of edition. Bound in blue leather with gold stamping and plastic wrap.

Huttl, Pal. Kresz Tablak es Jelek. Budapest, Hungary: Muszaki Kunyvkiado, 1975. 196 pp. 2-1/8″ x 1-1/2″. Contains many color illustrations of international traffic symbols. Bound in blue plastic with the title printed in white on the front cover and the spine divided into 5 raised bands.

Initials in 16-18 Centures Publications of Egyetemi Nyomda. Budapest, 1973. 134 pp. 2 5/16″ x 2″. Published in 300 numbered and 200 unnumbered copies. Copy 95. Edited by Guyla Kardos. In Hungarian, Russian, and English. Published on the anniversary of 500 years of Hungarian Printing. Cover and design by Gyula Janka. Orange cover with gold and black stamping.

Guyla, Janka. Bibliography of Miniature Books 1976. Budapest: Gutenberg Muvelodesi Otthon, 1982. 237 pp. 2 13/16″ x 2″. In Hungarian, Russian, and English. Volume 5.

Gyula, Janka. Miniature Prints. Budapest: n.p., 1978. 2 5/8″ x 1 7/8″. In Hungarian, English, Russian and German with black and white photos. 250 pages.

Janos, Dr. Horrath. Hunyadi Janos. Budapest: Fordftotta, 1982. 275 pp. 1 7/8″ x 1 9/16″. #393 of edition. Patria Nyomda with five colored illustrations of knights in armor. Bound in leather with a colored porcelain figure of a knight in armor, his coat of arms against a rural background. Very attractive.

Kardos, Gyula. The Nestor of Collectors of Miniature Books. Budapest, Hungary: 1974. 287 pp. 2-9/16″ x 1-13/16″. Tributes to Gyula Janka with illustrations. Edition of 450 copies bound in deep purple leather with the title gold stamped on the spine and an initial gold stamped on the front cover both on a lavendar rectangular background.

Kardos, Gyula. Greek Harmony. 3 vol. Budapest: Egyetemi Nyomda, 1975-1976. 2 3/8″ x 1 13/16″. Volumes include: Harmony. 1975. 107 pp. Bound in blue. Cadmus. 1975. 104 pp. Bound in black. The Descent of Cadmus. 1976. 112 pp. Bound in rust. Each in Hungarian, Russian, and English. Translated by Istvan Farkas. Cover and design by Gyula Janka. Bound in blue, black and rust colors with gold and colored stampings. All illustrated.

Kennedy, Betty. Pater Noster. Budapest: Open Art Press, 2000. 40pp. 1 3/4″ x 1 1/4″. Number 14 of 170 copies. The Lord’s Prayer printed in nine different languages. Printed on brown handmade paper and sewn onto cords. Boards are covered in dark brown calfskin which is formed into a girdle book binding. Leather ties hold the book closed. Offset printed.

Kiralyfi, Apollonius. Apollonius of Tyre. Budapest, 1973.

Konyvkiado, Kossuth. Lenin. 5 vol. Budapest, 1968-1971. 2 9/16″ x 1 3/4″. Volumes include: Az Allamrol. 1968. 185 pp. Speech of Lenin at the Sverdlovsk University, July 11, 1919. A Magyar Tanacs Koztarsasagrol. 1969. 174 pp. Advice to the Hungarian Republic of Bela Kun. Beszedek a Kominter 1. Kingresszusam. 1969. 189 pp. Speech Before First Congress of the Comintern. Utolso Irasaibot. 1970. 220 pp. Last Writings of Lenin. Tolsztorjrol. 1971. 207 pp. Lenin’s Writings on Tolstoy. Complete set of five volumes. These volumes were published separately over a four year period, so complete sets are not easy to find. Text in Hungarian and Russian. Each volume in full leatherette stamped in silver. Includes a small portrait of Lenin on metal inset on cover of each volume.

Laxzlo, Marosi. The Budapest I Love. Revbvai Printing House, Budapest, nd. 2 9/16″ x 2 _”. In Hungarian and English. Many colored photographs.

Liptai, Ervin. Hadmuveleti Naploja. Budapest, 1974. 196 pp. 2 7/16″ x 1 7/8″. “A Red Army Diary 1919.” Hungarian text. End paper maps. Bound in red leatherette.

Madach, Imre. The Tragedy of Man. Budapest, 1975. n.p. 2 3/8″ x 1 5/8″. Text in Hungarian, English, German, and Russian. A drama in verse, a classic of Hungarian literature. It was first printed in 1861 and since has been translated into 26 languages. This miniature abridgement has reproductions of 15 etchings of Janor Kass made in 1967. Bound in decorated leather.

Major Henrik Panoptikuma. Budapest, n.d. n.p. 3 7/16″ x 2 3/8″. Sketches and autographs of Hungarians, two woman and the others men. Bound in red synthetic material.

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Budapest: Kossuth Konyvkiado, 1970. n.p. 1 13/16″ x 1 1/2″. In Hungarian, English, and Russian. Includes colored illustrations.

Marxrol. Budapest: Kossuth, 1973. 1 7/8″ x 1 1/2″.

Mihaly, Babits. Babits Series. Vol. 6, 8, 9, 10, and 11. Budapest, 1982-1985. 2 1/16″ x 1 11/16″. Printed by young printers as a common final exam-work/masterpiece. Published in a very limited copy number. Babits Mihaly was a great Hungarian poet and writer who taught Hungarian and Latin in that school in the early 1900s. Student printers have chosen his works, studies, correspondence, and commemorations of his contemporaries about him to be published in miniature form.

Mor, Dr. Jokai. Kerteszgazdaszati Jegyzetek. Budapest, nd. 2 _” x 1 7/8″. A Facsimile of an 1896 edition grey cloth.

Neruda, Pablo. Ode to Typography. Budapest: Kossuth, 1974. n.p. 2 1/4″ x 1 9/16″. In Hungarian and Spanish. Edition of 12,000 copies, 1,000 bound in leather of which this is #579. Includes illustrations.

Nutshell Guid to Hungary. Budapest, 1975.

Peace in the Bible. Budapest, University Printing House, 1977. 63 pp. 2 9/16″ x 1 3/4″. Edited by the Hungarian Reformed Church. Contains more than 50 quotations relating to peace. Unusual example of Christian printing behind the iron curtain, English text. Typography and cover design by Gyula Janka. Printed in the 400th year of the Universtiy Printing House, 77.5628, Director Zoltan Sumeghi. Stamped red leatherette.

Petites Images D’Arpes Grandes Peintures Illustres. Budapest: House of the Art Foundation, 1967. 1 9/16″ x 1 3/8″. The same imprint and size in French language. Grey, in a plastic slipcase.

Petofi, 1823-1849. Budapest, Hungary, n.d. 106 pp. 1-7/8″ x 2-3/16″. Printed in six languages on french-folded pages. Bound in red synthetic material with gold stamping. Top edge is yellow.

Rasidov, Saraf. Kasmiri Rege. Budapest, n.d. 259 pp. 2 1/16″ x 1 5/8″. Printed in Hungarian and Russian. Includes a printed hard paper cover in a plastic slip-case.

Ruzsa, Gyorgy. Icons: Selected from Hungarian Museums and Private Collections, and Introduced by G. Ruzsa. Kossuth Press, Budapest, 1988. 75 pp.

Colophon: This book was printed in 250 English, 250 German and 1500 Hungarian copies, using Zanders Ikonorex paper with Gebr. Schmidt printing ink. The text was photosetting in Baskerville typ. The cover of the book was made with Winter’s Suedel Luxe Rel. The reproductions were made with a Linhof camera, using Agfachrome film. The volume was produced by the Kossuth Press (managing Director: Istvan Bede), for the company’s friends and business associates. It is not sold commercially. 39 illustrations in full color. Suede binding with dust jacket. Icons “The holy pictures of the Eastern Orthodox Church are never representations, but the symbolic depiction of exalted religious sentiment, of a world cleansed of sin.”

Small Pictures of Famous Paintings. Budapest, House of the Art Foundation, 1967. 1 9/16″ x 1 3/8″. Folding strip with 28 color reproductions of paintings in Hungarian museums. Gilt boards. Black, in a plastic slipcase.

Valerij Rjumin Naploja. Budapest: 1980. 215 pp., 2 1/16″ 1 5/8″. Paper over boards with colored cover. Book is in Hungarian with accompanion in Russian without pictures.

Villon, Francois. A Kis Testamentus. Budapest: Fordfitotta Kolnoky Laslo, 1983. 40 pp., 2 15/16″ x 2 ¼”. Bound in maroon velvet with a colored porcelain painting inset in front cover. An English translation in another copy (1984). Same binding and size.

Villon, Francois. Small Testament. Budapest, 1984. 40 pp. 3″ x 2 1/2″.

Colophon: Published and produced by Kossuth Printing House in 1983. Paper is Zanders Ikonores special matt. Type is monotype Garamound in Italics, handset. Binding in Suedel Luxe Velur. Color reprodution of Endre Szasz oil paintings is made by Laszlo Gyarmathy. Design by Tibor Szanto. Bound in maroon velvet with a colored porcelain painting inset in front cover.

Not found as of November 7, 2006:

Pentateuch. Budapest, Hungary, Schlesinger Jos., n.d. 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Colophon: 5 volumes held in a worn case. Presented by a Rabbi of a synagogue to a boy in his Bar Mitzvah. These are the 5 books of Moses. Some writing on a flyleaf. The brown cloth covers of the volumes are worn and some are loose. Brought to this country by someone who escaped during the Hitler era. Cloth covers worn. Some covers loose.

Sikota, Dr. Gyozo. Herend Porcelain. np, Budapest, 1980. 2 7/8″ x 2 ¼”. In Hungarian, German, and English. 201 pages, with colroed illustrations. 1200 copies. In red velvet with gold impressed figure on front and title on spine. Deluxe editions included a handpainted porcelain disc inserted in a navy leather cover and encased in a red velvet lined box.