Miniature Book News # 5: 1966 September Page: 3
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MINIATURE BOOK NEWS 16 Dromara Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63124 September 1966
LY FOOD, contains 208 pages, measures
3 1/8 by 2 3/8 inches, and comes in different
colored cloth boards, undated but
about 1830. Two other titles put out by the
Society are: several issues of HEAVENLY
MANNA; Or A Collection Of Prayers And
Promises..., 127 pages, 3 1/8 by 2 7/8",
around 1830-1840s; and DAILY TEXTS,
after the London edition, 128 pages, about
There is also THE MORNING AND
EVENING MONITOR, which contains a
scripture and verse of sacred poetry for
every morning and evening, published in
New York by G. Lane, for the Methodist
Episcopal Church, in 1840; 189 pages,
3 1/4 by 2 inches. A catchy and unusual
title is A CHAPULET OF FLOWERS.
Published by the American Tract Society
around 1850, CHAPULET is similar to
DAILY FOOD except that each bible extract
is followed by a "gem of thought" or
quotation by some author illustrating the
extract. The unusual title is from the quotation
of a devout person who wished to
"cull a chapulet of flowers from the spiritual
greenhouse." The book itself contains
197pages, measures 3 1/4 by 2 1/2 inches,
and includes a thirteen page introduction
sketch of this devout person.
FOUR PEARLS FROM THE LORD'S
TREASURY, Or A Precept, Promise,
Prayer, And Praise... is a bit larger at
3 1/2 by 2 5/8 inches, and goes one
"Pearl" more than the HEAVENLY MANNA
(Prayers and Promises) and THREEFOLD
CORD (Precept, Promise, and
Prayer) mentioned above. Palmer and
Hughes, Bible House, New York are the
publisher and place, and the book takes
190 pages, about 1890. Lastly there is the
straightforward variation BIBLE GEMS
FOR EVERY DAY IN THE YEAR, published
in Boston by G. 4. Cottrell, (and
also by J. Buffum), in 1851, 104 pages,
3 3/16 by 2 1/4" which pretty much sums
up the contents of all of the DAILY FOOD
Smaller in format but similar to the
DAILY FOOD series (see above) is another
well-known extensive miniature publication
by the American and London Tract Societies.
This is DEW DROPS, which takes its
title from Deuteronomy 32:2: "My Speech
shall distil as the dew."'
DEW DROPS is another set of short
bible extracts for every day in the year,
but measuring only 2 3/16 by 1 7/6 inches
and containing 128 pages. Copies are found
most usually in red or brown cloth, gilt
stamped and gilt edged, and undated. The
American DEW DROPS were first published
about 1831. Few copies have printers noted
in the book itself: however, D. Fanshaw,
printer, is on the verso of some copies'
title pages. A slightly smaller copy (2 by
1 3/8") was published in 1831 jointly by
H. C. Sleight, New York, and Pierce and
Title page of English DEW DROPS, actual size
The British DEW DROPS, from which
the American ones were copied, were printed
in London for the Religious Tract Society
by Charles Whittingham. These also
were first done around 1830, usually measure
2 by 1 3/8", and went through many
editions. Unlike the American, most of the
English editions were bound in leather,
and some later issues have a flap to close,
wallet-like, for easy carrying in purse or
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Edison, Julian I. Miniature Book News # 5: 1966 September, periodical, 1966; St. Louis, Missouri. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9458/m1/3/: accessed July 28, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.