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


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


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

7. Miniature Don


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


A book about buttons, made out of buttons.

10. The Tiny Bard

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