The smallest books I own are too tiny for me to read with my presbyopic eyes, though quite legible under a magnifying glass.
Barbara Raheb’s Aesop’s Fables (center) and a three-volume edition of illustrated natural history books by Kathryn Hohensee of Leipzig, Germany.
During the nineteenth century, most miniature books were either devotionals or almanacs. They were given as remembrances. I like this one because the former owner inscribed it.
Small Rain Upon The Tender Herb was one of the most popular Christian tracts of the period, reprinted over and over.
Miniature Korans were also very popular and remain so to this day (as do miniature Bibles). Korans tend to be beautifully ornamented. This one has an attached magnifying glass and is stored in an embroidered, football-shaped container.
Koran, early twentieth century (?)
- Miniature books go on display at National Library of Scotland (theguardian.com)
- Tiny Pages (chiefwritingwolf.com)
- Miniature Books, and Sage Life Advice (meghanmasterson.wordpress.com)