The Book of Nouns, or Things Which May Be Seen. London: Printed by Darton and Harvey, Gracechurch Street, 1800.
Children's Bread, or Daily Texts for the Young. Second Edition. London: Religious Tract Society, [ ca. 1835]. Daily Verses. London: Religious Tract Society, [ca. 1836]
David Bryce & Son of Glasgow.
Mite Series in Tartan. [ca. 1900]
in the Nineteenth Century
Louis W. Bondy has described the nineteenth century as "the supreme age of
the miniature book." The successes of preceding centuries were built upon,
such as Thomas Boreman's Gigantick Histories and other works becoming
the progenitors of a splendid array of miniature books for children. Social
change and the industrial revolution led to an increase in both books and
readers. A more widespread interest in education and a large increase in
literacy, as well as technological changes in the printing and publishing
industry made the mass production of reading matter for the newly literate
classes a fast growing industry. Especially in England and America, religious
tract societies produced immense quantities of miniature books, often
distributed free or at cost. This was made possible in large part by the
widespread use of stereotype plates, invented in the previous century.
Lithography also emerged as a new method of reproduction, and later in the
century photoreduction and photolithography were added to the means available
to the printers of miniature books. At the same time new technologies were
being introduced, typefounders continued to cast type for miniature books of
exceptional quality, as seen in the works published by William Pickering.
Spanning the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century,
the achievements of David Bryce and Son of Glasgow provide a fitting high
point in miniature book production at the close of a century noted for its