** Scroll down to the blue Smith number links to see old advertisements of some of the lamps. **
The following books can be invaluable to collectors searching for information on miniature lamps. Some of these titles are now out of print.
(often called "Smith I")
|Frank and Ruth Smith
|Schiffer Publishing, ©1968
|Miniature Lamps II
|Schiffer Publishing, ©1982
|Evolution of the Night Lamp
|Ann Gilbert McDonald
|Wallace-Homestead Book Co., ©1979
|Those Fascinating Little Lamps
|Dr. John Solverson
|Antique Publications, ©1988
|Miniature Victorian Lamps ("Hulsebus I")
|Schiffer Publishing, ©1996
|Price Guide For Miniature Lamps
|Schiffer Publishing, ©1998
|Miniature Lamps of the Victorian Era ("Hulsebus II")
|Schiffer Publishing, ©2004
The two Smith books are the primary references used for lamp listing and identification. Collectors often refer to lamps by the number in the Smith books. For example, SI-286 means Smith book I, Figure (or plate) number 286. (In this case, the lamp is the Cosmos mini lamp.) Smith I contains pictures of 630 lamps, mostly in black and white. Smith II contains pictures of 550 lamps, again mostly in black and white. Both books have a small section of color.
The Solverson book contains more information on the hobby of collecting mini lamps and pictures several lamps not shown in either of the Smith books.
The first Hulsebus book (Miniature Victorian Lamps) pictures over 400 lamps not shown in the Smith books, all in full color. This book is usually referred to as Hulsebus I. The second Hulsebus book (Miniature Lamps of the Victorian Era) has almost 600 more color pictures of previously unlisted lamps. It's commonly referred to as Hulsebus II by collectors.
The Price Guide contains current values for the lamps shown in the Smith books and the first Hulsebus book.