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
Edward Gorey's The Eclectic Abecedarium in miniature? Yes, please.
5. Very Small Cities
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.