Norman W. Forgue Collection

Dates: 1878-1974
Size: 2.5 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: a00116
Provenance: The autobiography and a selection of keepsakes were purchased from Mr. Richard Murian in 1996. The provenance for the remaining printed materials is unknown, however bookplates, correspondence, and addressed envelopes among the materials suggest that these items may have been part of the collection of Lloyd Emerson Siberell.
Access: No restrictions. Researchers, please request this material 24 hours in advance of use.
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Norman W. Forgue Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library
Processed by: Additional materials and collection reorganization done by Michelle McCoy, 2019

Biographical Note

Norman W. Forgue was born on November 12, 1904 in Chicago. His family resided at various houses in Chicago’s Near West Side neighborhood where his father had an ice delivery business in the 1910s. In an unpublished memoir of his youth, Suddenly I Remember, Forgue describes seeing a printing press for the first time in his uncle’s basement. Around the age of thirteen, Forgue took his first fulltime job with Rathburn, Grant and Heller, printers at Harrison and Wells Streets where he performed odd jobs in the composing rooms. With the assistance of his Uncle Lou, Forgue got his apprentice card in Franklin Union No. 16 and began rotating to print shops around Chicago. In 1919, Forgue applied for a job in the switchboard department of Western Electric, but landed in their pressroom where he was enticed by a possible bonus to print thousands of envelopes on an 8x12 Chandler & Price press. When the so-called reward turned out to be thousands more envelopes, he joined the Navy, where he also ended up in the print shop.

In the 1920s, Forgue returned to Chicago. He began as a compositor at Book Press (later R & S Printing Company) at Ravenswood and Lawrence Avenues, but quickly rose in the ranks to foreman and superintendent. During this time, Forgue became acquainted with fine printing. He began The Black Cat Press in 1932 to publish fine press keepsakes and booklets and it continued to release titles for decades to come, including Forgue’s 1954 autobiographical essay, Poorer Richard: An Almanac Long after Franklin. In 1937, Forgue established Normandie House to manage the production of full-length books and in 1939 he began The Norman Press with Frederick Ryder. Located at 510 N Dearborn, The Norman Press specialized in book design and typography, but also produced an assortment of commercial services. In 1974, The Norman Press jopined Schori Pres in Evanston. Other ventures included his direction of a jazz and blues music label, Stepheny Records (1956-1960) at 1800 Asbury Avenue, Evanston, Illinois.

According to a 2014 blog by his daughter, Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin, Norman W. Forgue died in 1983.

Scope and Content

The Norman W. Forgue Collection consists of material produced by, or in conjunction with At the Sign of the Gargoyle, The Black Cat Press, The Norman Press, Normandie House or Norman Forgue: bookmaker, typographer and founder of the above private presses. The collection includes keepsakes, books and booklets, printed advertising and promotional material, greeting cards, a small selection of correspondence with Lloyd Emerson Siberell and a carbon typescript of an unpublished memoir about his youth called, Suddenly I Remember.

Arrangement

The Norman W. Forgue Collection is arranged into four categories:

Series 1: Biographical

Series 1, Biographical, contains the typescript of his 1942 memoir, Suddenly I Remember, along with a selection of correspondence with collector, Lloyd Emerson Siberell.

Series 2: Promotional Materials

Series 2 contains promotional materials created by or related to one of Forgue’s printing imprints; his label, Stepheny Records; or his professional activities. The materials are arranged alphabetically by press or business. This series includes several The Black Cat Press catalogs, Purrings, and a run of advertisements for The Norman Press called, Dear Diary.

Series 3: Keepsakes and Booklets printed by Norman W. Forgue

Series 3 includes books, booklets and other keepsakes that were printed by Forgue for Sign of the Gargoyle, The Black Cat Press, The Norman Press, Normandie House, or other typographical affiliations. The titles are organized alphabetically by author within the press where the work was printed.

Series 4: Keepsakes and Booklets by Other Printers

Series 4 includes books, booklets and other keepsakes that were printed by other printers and presses. The titles are organized alphabetically by author within the press where the work was printed. It is unclear if or what relationship these creations may have had with Forgue directly.

Authority and Subject Terms

  • At the Sign of the Gargoyle (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Black Cat Press
  • Forgue, Madeline
  • Forgue, Norman W.
  • Norman Press
  • Normandie House
  • Stepheny Records
  • Fine books -- Publishing -- Illinois – Chicago
  • Printing history
  • Printing -- United States -- Specimens
  • Publishers and publishing -- Illinois – Chicago
  • Small presses -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Women printers -- United States

Related Materials

Chicago Printers Guild Records
Miniature Book Collection

Book Collections:

  • Cave, Roderick. The Private Press. New York: Watson-Guptill Publishers, [1971].
  • Cave, Roderick. The Private Press. Second Edition. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1983.
  • Haas, Irwin. Bibliography of American Presses. Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1935
  • Inland Printers: The Fine Press Movement in Chicago, 1920-1945, Chicago: Caxton Club of Chicago, 2003
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. Libraries. The Private Press in the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University, [1973].

Container List

Series 1: Biographical

Box 1 Folder 1 Autobiography, Part 1: Boyhood 1904-1919, typed manuscript, 1942
Box 1 Folder 2 Autobiography, Part 2A: Navy Days 1919-1923, typed manuscript, 1942
Box 1 Folder 3 Autobiography, Part 2B: Navy Days 1919-1923, typed manuscript, 1942
Box 1 Folder 4 Autobiography, Part 3: Mildred 1924-1929, typed manuscript, 1942
Box 1 Folder 5 Correspondence, Lloyd Emerson Siberell to Norman Forgue, typed, 1 p., [1957]
Box 1 Folder 6 Correspondence, [Lloyd Emerson Siberell] to Norman Forgue, typed, 1 p., 1957 August 23
Box 1 Folder 7 Correspondence, Lloyd Emerson Siberell to Norman Forgue, typed, 1 p., 1957 November 7
Box 1 Folder 8 Correspondence, Norman Forgue to Lloyd Emerson Siberell, typed, 1 p., 1957 November 27
Box 1 Folder 9 Correspondence, [Lloyd Emerson Siberell] to Norman Forgue, typed, 1 p., 1958 February 11
Box 1 Folder 10 Correspondence, Lloyd Emerson Siberell to Norman Forgue, typed, 1 p., 1969 June 23

Series 2: Promotional Materials

Box 2 Folder 1 American Academy of Art - announcement, course in Advertising Typography taught by Norman Forgue, undated
Box 2 Folder 2 At the Sign of the Gargoyle - prospectus, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, 1943
Box 2 Folder 3 The Black Cat Press - catalog, Purrings, 1934 (2 copies)
Box 2 Folder 4 The Black Cat Press - catalog, Purrings, 1936
Box 2 Folder 5 The Black Cat Press - catalog, Purrings, 1937
Box 2 Folder 6 The Black Cat Press - catalog, Purrings. [1938]
Box 2 Folder 7 The Black Cat Press - catalog, Purrings. [1938] Fall
Box 2 Folder 8 The Black Cat Press - catalog, Purrings, [1941]
Box 2 Folder 9 The Black Cat Press - keepsake, “A Letter to the Manufacturers of Purity Flour” by Jennie C. Bishop, [1933]
Box 1 Folder 11 The Black Cat Press - keepsake, “Norman,” edition of 12, 1933 [signed by Rae Anderson, Anita Clinton, Sherwin Clinton, Madeline Forgue, Norman Forgue, Elsie Oberdorf, Ernest Oberdorf and Louis J. Rerra]
Box 2 Folder 10 The Black Cat Press - prospectus for A Philosophy of Ethics by Dale Nichols, 1937
Box 2 Folder 11 The Black Cat Press - prospectus, The Princess on the Pea, by Hans Christian Anderson, [1937]
Box 2 Folder 53 The Black Cat Press - prospectus, miniature books, circa 1961
Box 2 Folder 12 The Black Cat Press - prospectus, new and recently published titles, circa 1936
Box 2 Folder 13 The Norman Press - advertisement, Arabesque, Albert’s Beauty Salon, undated
Box 2 Folder 14 The Norman Press - advertisement, Dear Diary, [1942] November 2-November 21
Box 2 Folder 15 The Norman Press - advertisement, Dear Diary, [1943] January 20-February 27
Box 2 Folder 16 The Norman Press - advertisement, Dear Diary, [1943] March 3-April 4
Box 2 Folder 17 The Norman Press - advertisement, Dear Diary, [1943] April 9-May 6
Box 2 Folder 18 The Norman Press - advertisement, Dear Diary, [1943] May 11-July 3
Box 2 Folder 19 The Norman Press - advertisement, Dear Diary, [1943] [November]
Box 2 Folder 20 The Norman Press - advertisement, Dear Diary, [1943] December 7, [1943]-[1944] January 14
Box 2 Folder 21 The Norman Press - advertisement, The Norman Press, [1944]
Box 2 Folder 22 The Norman Press - announcement, Doug Rader joins The Norman Press, [1946]
Box 2 Folder 23 The Norman Press - announcement, formation of The Norman Press, 1939
Box 2 Folder 24 [The Norman Press] - announcement, opening of The Georgian Book Shop, Chicago, 1940
Box 2 Folder 25 [The Norman Press] - announcement, The Georgian Bookshop photography exhibit, Nowell Ward, undated
Box 2 Folder 26 The Norman Press - announcement, vacations, [1944-1947]
Box 2 Folder 27 The Norman Press - catalog, Are you Prepared for Christmas? undated
Box 2 Folder 28 The Norman Press - greeting card, A Greeting to Frederick W. Goudy on his Birthday from The Immortals, edition of 200, 1939 and Greetin’s From An Admirer, by Madeline Forgue, 1939 February
Box 2 Folder 29 The Norman Press - greeting card, Christmas, 1943
Box 2 Folder 30 The Norman Press - greeting card, Christmas, 1944
Box 2 Folder 31 The Norman Press - greeting card, Christmas, 1945
Box 2 Folder 32 The Norman Press - greeting card, Christmas, [1949]
Box 2 Folder 33 The Norman Press - greeting card, Christmas, [1952]
Box 2 Folder 34 The Norman Press - greeting card, Christmas, [1954]
Box 2 Folder 35 The Norman Press - greeting card, Christmas, [1955]
Box 2 Folder 36 The Norman Press - greeting card, Christmas, [1956]
Box 2 Folder 37 The Norman Press - greeting card, Christmas, Is there a Santa Claus? [1963]
Box 2 Folder 38 The Norman Press - greeting card, Keeping Christmas, taken from The Spirit of Christmas by Henry Van Dyke, 1939
Box 2 Folder 39 The Norman Press - handbill, Allen’s: Apparel for the Smart Woman, [1952]
Box 2 Folder 40 The Norman Press - invitation, Albert’s Beauty Salon, [1949] [signed by Norman W. Forgue]
Box 2 Folder 41 The Norman Press - miniature broadside and “cease business” announcement, 1974
Box 2 Folder 42 The Norman Press - prospectus, Christopher Columbus, Highlights in American History no. 1, undated
Box 2 Folder 43 The Norman Press - prospectus, John Cabot, Highlights in American History no. 2: undated
Box 2 Folder 44 Society of Typographic Arts - announcement, Norman Forgue: The Private Press, 1944
Box 2 Folder 45 Stephany Records - newsletter, 1958 February
Box 2 Folder 46 Stephany Records - prospectus, undated (2 copies)
Box 2 Folder 47 Stephany Records – 45rpm, Warm Red Wine/Easy Come Kisses by Sonny Jason, [1957]

Series 3: Keepsakes and booklets printed by Norman W. Forgue

Box 2 Folder 48 At the Sign of the Gargoyle, - Harris, Carla. The Man in the Smock, 1956
Box 2 Folder 49 At the Sign of the Gargoyle - Three Hundred & Sixty-Five Days, 1954 [inscribed to Lloyd Emerson Siberell by Norman W. Forgue]
Box 2 Folder 50 The Black Cat Press - Bullen, Henry Louis, Civilization Rests on Printing, edition of 250, 1940
Box 2 Folder 51 The Black Cat Press - Concidine, J. Francis. Singing Rails, edition of 300, 1934
Box 2 Folder 52 The Black Cat Press - Fisher, A. Hugh. Jemshid in Exile and Other Poems, edition of 150, 1935
Box 3 Folder 1 The Black Cat Press - Forgue, Madeline. Beaten to a Pulp, 1937 [bookplate of Lloyd Emerson Siberell]
Box 3 Folder 2 The Black Cat Press - Forgue, Norman W. Poorer Richard: An Almanac Long After Franklin, 1954
Box 3 Folder 3 The Black Cat Press - Gernon, Blaine Brooks. Lincoln in the Political Circus, 1st ed., edition of 1000, 1936
Box 3 Folder 4 The Black Cat Press - Hartman, Frank E. Sunlight and Shadow, edition of 200, 1934
Box 3 Folder 5 The Black Cat Press - Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Golden Fleece, edition of 1000, 1936
Box 3 Folder 6 The Black Cat Press - He’s Nothing But a Little Boy, edition of 1000, 1939 [bookplate of Lloyd Emerson Siberell]
Box 3 Folder 7 The Black Cat Press - Klinefelter, Walter. Illustrations in Miniature: Postal Designs from Books & Manuscripts, edition of 500, 1939
Box 3 Folder 8 The Black Cat Press - Larson, Fred T. Wood Engravings, edition of 200, 1938
Box 3 Folder 9 The Black Cat Press - LeGallienne, Richard. Poets and Publishers, edition of 300, 1936
Box 3 Folder 10 The Black Cat Press - Lincoln’s Religion: The Text of Addresses Delivered by William H. Herndon and Rev. James A. Reed and a Letter by C.F.B., edition of 140, 1936
Box 3 Folder 11 The Black Cat Press - Mangan, James T. Learn to Write, 1937
Box 4 Folder 1 The Black Cat Press - Mangan, James T. Push!, 1937
Box 4 Folder 2 The Black Cat Press - McMurtrie, Douglas C. The Mississippi Banking Act of 1809, 1/60, 1936
Box 4 Folder 3 The Black Cat Press - Nichols, Dale. A Philosophy of Esthetics, 302/550, 1938 [colophon signed by the author; reproduction of artwork by Dale Nichols laid in]
Box 4 Folder 4 The Black Cat Press - On the Return of a Book Lent to a Friend, edition of 50, 1938
Box 4 Folder 5 The Black Cat Press - Orton, Vrest. Goudy: Master of Letters, edition of 500, 1939
Box 4 Folder 6 The Black Cat Press - Paul, Louis. The Man Who Left Home, edition of 149, 1938 [colophon signed by Louis Paul]
Box 4 Folder 7 The Black Cat Press - Todrin, Boris. The Room by the River, 1936 (2 copies)
Box 4 Folder 8 The Black Cat Press - A Toast to WomenGiven by the Famous Dutch Master Rembrandt van Rijn to His Wife on the Occasion of a Drinking Bout, Society of Typographic Arts keepsake, edition of 1000, 1938
Box 4 Folder 9 The Black Cat Press - Who are the Twelve Greatest Women? edition of 500,1937 [bookplate of Lloyd Emerson Siberell]
Box 4 Folder 10 The Black Cat Press - Wirtz, Robert White. Broken Chords: Excerpts from a Practice Book, edition of 250, 1934 [hand bound]
Box 4 Folder 11 Illinois Typesetters - O’Brien, Howard Vincent. Art & Trade, edition of 149, 1939 [design and typography by Norman Forgue]
Box 4 Folder 12 Illinois Typesetters - Hearn, Lafcadio. When I Was a Flower, 1939 [bookplate of Lloyd Emerson Siberell; note by [Siberell] laid in; possibly printed by Norman W. Forgue]
Box 4 Folder 13 The Norman Press - de Balzac, Honoré. Jésus Christ en Flandre, 1941
Box 5 Folder 1 The Norman Press - Benjamin Franklin: 1706-1790, prepared by the Graphic Arts Group of the Kiwanis Club of Chicago, 1946 [inscribed to Lloyd Emerson Siberell by Norman W. Forgue; bookplate of Lloyd Emerson Siberell]
Box 5 Folder 2 The Norman Press - Blades, William. An Extract from The Enemies of Books, 1940
Box 5 Folder 3 [The Norman Press] - Bligh, Buddy. In a Low Voice, 1946 [bookplate of Lloyd Emerson Siberell]
Box 5 Folder 4 The Norman Press - Christmas Tree, undated
Box 5 Folder 5 The Norman Press - Forgue, Norman W., R. Hunter Middleton, Myron Monson, Jr., and Will Ransom. Tributes: FWG [Frederick W. Goudy], 1948 [bookplate of Lloyd Emerson Siberell]
Box 5 Folder 6 [The Norman Press] - Forgue, Stepheny and [Norman W. Forgue]. Before I Forget: With Apologies to Burton Rascoe, edition of 200, 1940
Box 5 Folder 7 The Norman Press - Fullerton, David. Who’s Gonna Read It? 1941 [bookplate of Lloyd Emerson Siberell]
Box 5 Folder 8 The Norman Press - Henry, O. Gift of the Magi, undated (2 copies)
Box 5 Folder 9 The Norman Press - Herzog, William. Democracy and Interpretation, edition of 300, undated
Box 5 Folder 10 The Norman Press - Irving, Washington. Christmas: Taken from the Sketch Book, undated (2 copies)
Box 5 Folder 11 The Norman Press - Irving, Washington. Christmas Day: Taken from the Sketch Book, undated (2 copies)
Box 5 Folder 12 The Norman Press - Let Shakespeare Speak: A Timely Symposium of the Bard’s Opinions on Contemporary Events, reported by Wilfred Hansford Gallienne, 1942
Box 5 Folder 13 The Norman Press - Nusbaum, Carla. Why Do I Call You Friend, 1941 [bookplate of Lloyd Emerson Siberell]
Box 5 Folder 14 The Norman Press - [Otis, Sr., Arthur Frederic], Forever Nineteen: Aurthur Frederic Otis, Jr., 1945
Box 5 Folder 15 The Norman Press - Thoreau, Henry David, Excerpts from Writings on Liberty, 1943
Box 5 Folder 16 The Norman Press - What’s a Flag?; from a New York Times editorial, June 14, 1940, 1942] [includes note about cover art]
Box 5 Folder 17 The Norman Press - Why the Chimes Rang: An Old Christmas Legend, 1940
Box 5 Folder 18 The Norman Press – Zara, Louis. Our Lady of Mercy, 1949 [bookplate of Lloyd Emerson Siberell]
Box 5 Folder 19 The Norman Press - Zara, Louis. The Santa Who Was Late, 1951
Box 5 Folder 20 Normandie House - Straley, Daniel B. Said the Devil to His Wife and Other Poems, 1944
Box 5 Folder 21 Normanie House - Woodward, Chester. Lanterns Alight: Journeys to Far Places, 1st edition, 1940

Series 4: Keepsakes and booklets printed by Other Printers

Box 6 Folder 1 Beach, Barnard & Company - Report of the Permanent Committee appointed by the Mayor's Convention..., 1878
Box 6 Folder 2 The Blue Sky Press - Peattie, Elia W. Castle, Knight and Troubadour, 1st edition, 23/175, 1903 [printed on vellum; bookplate of Vincent Starrett]
Box 6 Folder 3 The Book Farm - George D. Smith, Gentleman Bookseller, 1870-1920, 1945
Box 6 Folder 4 Carl H. Heintzemann Press - Kipling, Rudyard. The Absent Minded Beggar, 1900
Box 6 Folder 5 Chicago Club of Printing House Craftsmen, McMurtrie, Douglas C. Some Facts Concerning the Invention of Printing, 2nd ed., 1939
  Oversize Folder 1 Coggeshall, Marie D., The Printer, broadside, 1932 [inscribed to Norman W. Forgue by Howard and Marie Coggeshall]
Box 6 Folder 6 Columbia University Press, Rare Books in the University by Helmut Lehmann-Haupt; reprinted from the Columbia University Quarterly, 1936 September [letter to Ben Abramson and Illinois Typesetters advertisement laid in]
Box 6 Folder 7 Curtis Publishing Company - Immortal Words of Winston Churchill, 1965
Box 6 Folder 8 The Curwen Press - Binyon, Laurence. The Wonder Night, drawings by Barnett Freedman, The Ariel Poems, no. 3, [1927]
Box 6 Folder 9 The Curwen Press - Chesterton, G.K. Gloria in Profundis, wood engravings by Eric Gill, The Ariel Poems, no. 5, [1927]
Box 6 Folder 10 The Curwen Press - De la Mare, Walter, Alone, wood engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Ariel Poems, no. 4, [1927]
Box 6 Folder 11 The Curwen Press - Gibson, Alfred, The Early Whistler, drawings by John Nash, The Ariel Poems, no. 6, [1927]
Box 6 Folder 12 The Curwen Press - Newbolt, Henry. The Linnet’s Nest, drawings by Ralph Keene, The Ariel Poems, no. 2, [1927]
Box 6 Folder 13 The Curwen Press - Sassoon, Siegfried, Nativity, designs by Paul Nash, The Ariel Poems, no. 7, [1927]
Box 6 Folder14 Herbert W. Simpson, Inc., prospectus, Human Being, and advertisement, 1969
Box 6 Folder 15 The House of Hubbard - Elbert Hubbard quotation “envelope stuffers,” [miniature broadsides], undated
Box 6 Folder 16 The House of Hubbard - Hubbard, Elbert. A Message to Garcia, Memorial ed., 1955
Box 6 Folder 17 The House of Ryder - Lutner, Louis. The Greater Love, edition of 500, 1939
Box 6 Folder 18 Judson Printing Company - Statement of Facts in Support of George B. Deane and Frederick S. Gibbs, 1884 June 3
Box 6 Folder 19 [Middleton, Robert Hunter], Mayan Sculpture, 2-color relief print, 15/25, 1975
  Oversize Folder 1 Palo Verde Press, announcement and typed letter to Norman W. Forgue from Dale Nichols, 1944 June
Box 6 Folder 20 The Roycrofters - Hubbard, Elbert. A Message to Garcia, 1899
Box 6 Folder 21 The Roycrofters - Hubbard, Elbert. A Message to Garcia, 1917
Box 6 Folder 22 The Roycrofters - Hubbard, Elbert. A Message to Garcia, 1920
Box 6 Folder 23 Smith Book Company - Pipp, Washington J.V. The Atrocities of Book Collecting and Kindred Afflictions, 1943
Box 6 Folder 24 R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, Mangan, James T. Design, Society of Typographic Arts, 1938
Box 6 Folder 25 The Toothpaste Press - Kornblum, Cinda. Bandwagon, 425 copies, 1976
Box 6 Folder 26 The Torch Press, Hunt, Leigh. Ballads of Robin Hood, edition of 200, 1922
Box 6 Folder 27 Trovillion Press - Trovillion, Hal. Two from the Book, no. 608, 1956 [colophone signed by Hal Trovillion]
Box 6 Folder 28 Typocrafters, Tribute to a Typocrafter: Ben Wiley, edition of 100, 1949
Box 6 Folder 29 [University of Chicago Press] - prospectus, A History of Stone & Kimball and Herbert S. Stone & Company by Sidney Kramer, [1941]
Box 6 Folder 30 Wayside Press Printing - Picture of a Period, or Memories of the Gay Nineties..., told by Will Bradley, 1950
Box 6 Folder 31 William M. Cheney - Zeitlin, Jake. This I Believe, 1953 [New Year’s card from Jake & Josephine Zeitlin laid in]

The Special Collections Department holds the following items published by At the Sign of the Gargoyle, The Black Cat Press, The Norman Press, and Normandie House. Please consult Chicago Public Library online catalog for more information.

  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Chicago: At the Sign of the Gargoyle, 1943
  • America[From Of Time and the River]. Chicago: The Norman Press, 1942
  • Arabian Nights. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Chicago: At the Sign of the Gargoyle, 1943
  • Browne, Irene. Love Poems of an Artist’s Model, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1935
  • Concidine, J. Francis. The Ballad of Smokey Joe, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1934
  • Concidine, J. Francis. The Dude Retires, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1950
  • Concidine, J. Francis. Singing Rails. Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1934
  • Davis, Frank Marshall. Black Man’s Verse, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1935
  • Davis, Frank Marshall. I Am the American Negro, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1937
  • Davis, Frank Marshall. Through Sepia Eyes, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1938
  • Derleth, August. Any Day Now, Chicago: Normandie House, 1939
  • Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose, Chicago: The Norman Press, undated
  • An Appreciation. . . July 23, 1938, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1938
  • Fisher, A. Hugh. Callisto, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1934
  • Fisher, A. Hugh. Jemshid in Exile and Other Poems, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1937
  • Forbidden Fruit, Chicago: Eros Society of Chicago, 1936
  • Foreman, Grant. The Adventures of James Collier: First Collector of the Port of San Francisco, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1937
  • Forgue, Norman. Poorer Richard: An Almanac Long After Franklin, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1954
  • Gallienne, Wilfred Hanford. Let Shakespeare Speak, Chicago: The Norman Press, undated
  • Gemon, Blaine Brooks. Lincoln in the Political Circus, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1936
  • Gems of Thought, Wisdom & Inspiration, compiled by Walter Norman May, Chicago: The Norman Press, 1965
  • Haas, Irvin. Biography of American Presses, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1935
  • Harris, George Washington. Sut Lovingood Travels With Old Abe Lincoln, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1937
  • Hartman, Frank E. The Sonnets of Frank E. Hartman, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1934
  • Herndon, William Henry. Lincoln’s Religion, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1936
  • A History of Stone & Kimball and Herbert S. Stone & Company, Chicago: The Norman Press, 1940
  • Ingersoll, Chester. Overland to California in 1847, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1937
  • Jones, Dan Burne. The Least of These: Mickey, Beloved Itinerant; and An Eerie Incident: A True Tale of Innocence, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1938
  • Klinefelter, Walter. Books About Poictesme, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1937
  • Klinefelter, Walter. Ex Libris: A Conan Doyle; Sherlock Holmes, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1938
  • Larson, Fred Thomas. Wood Engravings, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1938
  • Let Shakespeare Speak: A Timely Symposium of the Bard’s Opinions on Contemporary Events, Chicago: The Norman Press, 1942
  • Lincoln Group Papers, edited for the Literary Group by Douglas C. McMurtrie. 2 v. Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1936-1945
  • Lucretius Carus, Titus. Lucretius on Life & Death, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1936
  • Mangan, James T. Learn to Write, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, [1937]
  • Mangan, James T. Push!, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1937
  • McMurtrie, Douglas C. The Mississippi Banking Act of 1809, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1936
  • McMurtrie, Douglas C. Montana Imprints, 1864-1880, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1937
  • Middleton, R. Hunter. Chicago Letter Founding, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1937
  • Middleton, R. Hunter. W.G. An Appreciation, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1938
  • Miniature Broadsides, Chicago: [no publisher], 1962
  • Morley, Christopher. No Crabb, No Christmas, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1938
  • Nichols, Dale. A Philosophy of Esthetics, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1938
  • Orton, Vrest. Goudy: A Master of Letters, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1939
  • Paul, Louis. The Man Who Left Home, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1938
  • The Quick Brown Fox: A Chap Book, Chicago: At the Sign of the Gargoyle, 1945
  • Spuehler, Ruth E. Hinesley. Esther: A Narrative Poem in Fifteen Chapters From the Book of Esther, Chicago: Twin Oaks Press, circa 1941
  • Starrett, Vincent. Essay on Limited Editions, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1939
  • Timothy, Peter. The Letters of Peter Timothy, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1935
  • Todrin, Boris. 5 Days, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1936
  • Todrin, Boris. The Room by the River, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1936
  • Why the Chimes Rang: An Old Christmas Legend, Chicago: The Norman Press, 1940
  • Wirtz, Robert White. Broken Chords: Excerpts from a Practice Book, Chicago: The Black Cat Press, 1934
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