Miniature Book News # 5: 1966 September Page: 5
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Gd UPON THE
4 TENDER HERB.
, . Dn.x 3ii. l.
(; a LONDON:
t Religious Tract Society,
60, Paternoser Roew.
Title page actual size
The only similar-sized variant of
SMALL RAIN we are aware of is THE
GOLDEN TREASURY, Edinburgh, M'Dowall,
c. 1845, 1 3/16 by 1 inch. Also unlike
the DAILY FOOD and DEW DROP counterparts,
there appear to be few American
equivalents. We know of one at the Huntington
Library in Pasadena: an issue published
in Philadelphia by the American
Sunday School Union, no date, and slightly
larger than the normal copies.
We are certain there must be other variants
to these three series of Bible extracts,
and it would be of interest to complete
this research. Of course, there are
many other types of miniature religious and
devotional books, and MBN will deal with
others from time to time.
One of the all-time best-sellers is a
book scarcely known today. This is THE
DAIRYMAN'S DAUGHTER, by the Reverend
Legh Richmond, first published in
1805. Over three million copies were in
print in nineteen languages by 1850, and
it is still in print today. An article about
this book appeared in the May issue of the
American Book Collector.
The work is an emotional narrative on
sin, redemption, and death. The Rev. Richmond
spent many days at the bedside of a
young lady (the dairyman's daughter), dying
of consumption, who confided to him her
experiences in converting from a sinful life
to one of piety.
The Rev. Richmond used this background
to write a moving account which
quickly became a pace setter for evangelical
literature and exerted much influence
on later religious tract writers.
Hundreds of editions were printed,
among them some miniature ones. Apparent
ly these small ones are rare, as we find no
mention of them in the usual bibliographies
and texts on miniature books. The earliest
date for a diminutive edition we can find a
reference to is 1826. The one resting before
us as we write stands just 1 1/8 by
1 3/8 inches, contains 224 pages, is bound
in black roan, and is gilt edged. The title
pagereadsTHE DAIRYMAN'S DAUGHTER;
An Authentic Narrative Communicated By
A Clergyman Of the Church of England;
London. Printed in London, there is no
mention of publisher, printer, or precise
date, but this copy was done probably
The Black Cat Press in Chicago has
just published an unusual mini of much interest
also to railroad enthusiasts: A HISTORY
OF THE CADIZ SHORT LINE
RAILROAD, by Robert W. White. This is
the story of a small steam railroad that
runs between Cadiz and Gracey, Kentucky.
The book itself is 3 by 2 1/8 inches,
and has seventy-six pages including some
eighteen photographic and two-line illustrations.
It is attractively bound by hand
in maroon English grained leather, and
there is a silver metal replica of an 0-4-0
locomotive inlaid right on the front cover!!
Toot, toot right to the Black Cat Press,
510 North Dearborn, Chicago 60610, for
your copy, which is $7.50.
There are quite a few Private Presses
(as distinct from commercial presses or
publishers) throughout the U.S., and several
of these have produced miniature books
for fun and profit over the years. One such
has just come from the "Private Press of
the Indiana Kid," as James L. Weygand
of Nappanee, Indiana terms himself.
Mr. Weygand is an authority on Private
Presses throughout the country, besides
having his own, and he writes about them
in the magazine THE AMERICAN BOOK
COLLECTOR. He has produced two miniature
books, one in 1965 entitled SEARCH
FOR AN ALBION, and now RENNO'S
RAIDERS, this year.
RENNO'S RAIDERS measures 1 7/8 by
2 5/8 inches oblong, contains twenty-four
pages and several line drawings. It is
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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/m1/5/: accessed July 27, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.