Miniature Book News # 5: 1966 September Page: 4
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DEW DROPS was also published by the
American Tract Society in a German edition,
also about 1830, and copies of this are
much rarer than the English ones. Entitled
THAUTROPEN, a title page is reproduced
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Title page of German DEW DROPS, actual size
The DEW DROP theme, format, and
size, like the DAILY FOODS, was widely
copied. Variants the same size as DEW
DROPS include: DAY DAWN, with different
bible extracts, and containing 144 pages
(American Tract Society, c. 1835); two
titles published by Merriam, Moore and Co.,
Troy, New York: DEW DROPS and DAILY
MANNA, both about 1835 also, with sixtyfour
pages and different bible selections
from the A.T.S. DEW DROPS. These Troy
volumes are part of a "Tiny Library" edition,
which is gilt stamped on the front
covers. Each is bound in red cloth, g.s.,
Further variants of DEW DROPS, but
of a different format or size, include: THE
MOUNTAIN DAISY, A Daily Text for a
Year, Edinburgh: Andrew Stevenson. This
is not dated or paged, but probably is
about 1900, measures 1 13/16 by 1 3/4";
CHILDREN'S BREAD, or Daily Texts for
the Young, (London), Religious Tract Society,
2 1/8 by 1 3/8"; BRIGHT GEMS,
Belfast: The Northern Publishing Office,
2 by 1 7/8", c. 1900, blue cloth binding,
yellow edges. This same Belfast firm also
published six other miniature daily text
books around 1900, which sold for six
pence each, were leather bound, with ribbon
markers. Their titles were:
THE COMING ONE, PURE GOLD, MY
REDEEMER, ROCK OF AGES, GOOD
CHEER, and LIVING WATERS. These
measured 2 1/2 by 1 7/8".
Other variant DEW DROP titles:
BIBLE PROMISES for Every Day.
Glasgow, David Bryce & Son, c.
1895; 367 pages, 2 3/8 by 1 7/8".
DAILY PRAYERS AND PROMISES...
London, Religious Tract Society,
c. 1835; 2 5/8 by 2 1/8".
GLEANINGS OF HEAVENLY WISDON...
London, T. Nelson, 1855.
128 pages, 2 by 1".
DAILY VERSES. London, Religious
Tract Society, c. 1835. 2 by 1 1/8".
THE DIAMOND TEXT BOOK, London:
G. E. Petter, c. 1845. 2 by
The smallest series of Bible selections
for everyday of the year is entitled SMALL
RAIN UPON THE TENDER HERB. This
tide, like DEW DROPS, is taken from Deuteronomy
32:2, and is itself an extract from
the full text, which is:
"My doctrine shall drop as the rain,
My speech shall distil as the dew;
As the small rain upon the tender grass,
And as the showers upon the herb."
SMALL RAIN was first published about
1830 by our friends the Religious Tract
Society in London. It is one of the commonest
miniature books of the period, and
went through some twenty editions between
1830 and-1840. Most copies measure about
1 1/4 by 1 inches, consist of 128 pages
with easily readible six-point type. Smaller
than DEW DROPS and DAILY FOOD, this
devotional morsel was mainly for children.
Most of the early editions were printed by
Charles Whittingham at the famous Chiswick
Press, but we note a copy printed by
Spottswoode in 1860. Copies we have seen
are mostly bound in red or black moroccos,
several with clasps or flexible wallet-like
flaps to close, and are invariable gilt
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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/m1/4/: accessed July 27, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.