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10 Miniature Books We Covet

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A miniature book at the University of Iowa Special Collections caused quite a stir this month, when a librarian there used a microscope to read the book's text for the first time. Here are 10 other miniature books that will knock your socks off.

1. A Tiny Pop-Up


Also from the University of Iowa, this miniature pop-up book depicts events that were recounted by Samuel Pepys, the famous 17th-century diarist.

2. The Smallest Haikus

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This miniature haiku book is made of Japanese paper.

3. A Small Book for Pint-Sized Patriots

This patriotic flip book for kids was printed in 1917.

4. Gorey's First Miniature Book

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Edward Gorey's The Eclectic Abecedarium in miniature? Yes, please.

5. Very Small Cities

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Another pop-up book, this one shows five cities in Europe.

6. Keyed In

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This miniature book has a miniature compartment for a miniature key.

7. Miniature Don

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It's a teeny-tiny five-volume edition of Don Quixote in German. If that's not quixotic, I don't know what is.

8. Small Book, Big Grin

Another treasure from the University of Iowa, this is a miniature flip book of the Cheshire Cat.

9. Buttoned Up

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A book about buttons, made out of buttons.

10. The Tiny Bard

The complete works of Shakespeare, in miniature, with its own revolving bookshelf.

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Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

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See the Secret Paintings Hidden in Gilded Books
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The art of vanishing fore-edge painting—hiding delicate images on the front edges of gilded books—dates back to about 1660. Today, British artist Martin Frost is the last remaining commercial fore-edge painter in the world. He works primarily on antique books, crafting scenes from nature, domestic life, mythology, and Harry Potter. Great Big Story recently caught up with him in his studio to learn more about his disappearing art. Learn more in the video below.

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