Miniature Books is the first lavishly
illustrated, authoritative book on the delightful subject of books no
taller than three inches. A dazzling array of books on subjects ranging
from Shakespeare’s plays and the Bible to politics and presidents,
children’s books, the pleasures of life, and more are shown—with few
exceptions—at their actual size.
Here is the prayer book that Anne Boleyn carried to her
execution, seen open to its sole illustration, a portrait of Henry
VIII. Here also are the world’s two smallest books (impossible to be
sure which is tinier). There are books studded with gemstones, books
that Napoleon carried with him on his campaigns, books illustrated by
artists such as Picasso, Miró, and Edward Gorey. And there is a section
dealing with the papers, printing, and binding of these tiny marvels.
The text is lively and accessible, full of great stories and
fascinating people. It will appeal to the experienced collector but
also to the one just starting out and to anyone who loves the look and
feel of a good book.