Chicago: Black Cat Press, 1962. First Edition. 4" x 3 1/16", a tiny portfolio containing brief quotes from a variety of authors -- Eliabeth Gaskell, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Clarence Day, James Allen, Dean Alfange, Henri-Frederick Amiel and Eusubius, printed on a variety of papers in different typefaces and in different colors. Total tiny charm. The portfolio shows the smallest amount of wear, and is printed in black and red, ornamented with a fleur-de-lis and, of course, a black cat. Just about fine.
Worcester, MA: Achille J. St. Onge, 1977. Hardcover. A miniature volume, 14 pages, measuring 2 3/4" by 1 7/8""Addresses...delivered at Westminster Hall and Guildhall on the occasion of her silver jubilee 1952-1977". The edition of 1,000 copies was printed from Perpetua type on Crown & Sceptre paper at the Stanbrook Abbey Press, Worcester, England. There is a frontispiece photograph of Queen Elizabeth by Peter Grugeon, lithographed at Skelton's Press. The book is bound in full blue niger oasis stamped front and back with a lion and unicorn in gilt, and with a gilt spine title and edges. Endpapers of cream and brown Cockerell marbled papers are by Weatherby Woolnough, and was planned by Sydney Cockerell. David Butcher's "The Stanbrook Abbey Press 1956-1990" #B34; Massman "Bibliomidgets" # 46. Very fine in its clear plastic case, as issued.
Franklin, NH: The Hillside Press, 1963. First edition. Hardcover. 70pp. 6 x 4.8 cm, 2 3/8 x 1 7/8". Five tales of magic and sorcery, with text set by hand in Bulmer Roman type, and with four illustrations. An edition of 310 copies, signed by Irwin, of which this is number 233 . Fine in black and white patterned paper on boards, black cloth spine with a paper spine label.
Tilton, NH: The Hillside Press, 1976. First edition. Hardcover. ix, 60pp., 2 3/8 x 2", with text set by hand in 6 pt. Bulmer type, with four black and white illustrations, and a title page printed in blue and black. This is number 22 of 300 copies. A set of 10 brief essays -- glamour to mysticism. Fine in gilt-stamped deep blue calf.
Franklin, NH: The Hillside Press, 1969. David Wiggins. First edition. Hardcover. A miniature book, 77pp. measuring 6 x 5 cm, 2 3/8 x 2". The text is set by hand in 6 pt. Bulmer type, with 5 b/w drawings by David Wiggins, and a title page printed in black and red. The text consists of six essays on sound, plus a bibliography. The book was produced in an edition of 350 copies signed by Frank Irwin. Fine in canary yellow cloth printed in black with one of Wiggins' drawings.
Cincinnati, Ohio: Mosaic Prress, 1977. Barbara Urban. 1 1/8" x 3/4", 2.7cm x 2.3cm, (48)pp., some of it text, but with recto pages usually occupied by tiny black and white drawings, by Barbara Urban, of early musical instruments. This is the smallest book in my inventory, and a fine copy, with marbled endpapers, and the top edge gilt, bound in a scrap of gilt-stamped ivory leather by Hugo Grummich at the Cincinnati Bindery. There is a spine title in gilt as well. Despite its miniscule size, the book is entirely legible with the help of an ordinary hand magnifier.
New Britain, CT: Art Press, 1979. First edition. Hardcover. Miniature book, 2 5/1" x 2"., xiv, 84,(2)pages. An edition of 1,000 copies, with the design, typography and binding by Massmann, a listing of the publications of Achille St.Onge (1913-1978), with two tiny tipped-in photographic portraits of St. Onge. Fine in full red calf stamped gilt and housed in an ivory paper sleeve, lightly soiled and foxed, with a paper title patch.
Worcester, MA: Achille J. St. Onge, 1969. First edition. Hardcover. A miniature volume of 66 pages, measuring 2 3/4" x 1 3/4". The edition comprises 1,500 copies, printed by Joh. Enschede en Zonen, Haarlem, Holland, from Spectrum and Cancelleresca Bastarda type on handmade "Hayle" paper of the Hayle Mill, Maidstone, England, The book is bound in full brown calf by Reliure du Centre, Limoges, France. All edges gilt. Massman "Bibliomidgets" #35. Fine. There is a preface by writer/poet David McCord, followed by his graceful essays on four places -- Paris, Geneva, Fribourg and Quebec.
Skokie, IL: The Black Cat Press, 1975. First edition thus. This is a miniature book that measures 2 11/16 x 2" (6.8 x 5.1cm); ix,34 pages on double leaves. It was produced by Norman Forgue, with calligraphy by G. Harvey Petty and page borders and endpapers printed in lavender. The book was printed by Ward K. Schori at his Schori Press, and bound in white leather with a gilt title at the Monastery Hill Bindery. Fine.