A Tiny Book Tour at The Museum of Printing | Miniature Books

Visit the Museum of Printing from home!

This virtual mini-tour features the Museum of Printing’s Frank Romano looking at a number of small-sized books, including what might be the smallest book in existence (it’s smaller than a tic-tac!). President Frank Romano shows off the collection of mini books in this video:

Stephen King Country by George Beahm

Stephen King Country: The Illustrated Guide to the Sites and Sights That Inspired the Modern Master of Horror by George W. Beahm

  • Publisher: Running Press;
  • First Edition, First Printing.
  • Black binding, red gilt titles
  • Hardcover, 44 pages, illustrated throughout, resources, index
  • Condition: Dustjacket present (not price-clipped), some edgewear.
  • Bumped lower corners, just a few places highlighted in the chapter regarding his first edition and rare books.

Discover the real-life sites and sights behind his horror classics, including the Stanley Hotel of Estes Park, Colorado (site of The Shining’s eerie Overlook Hotel), King’s home town of Durham, Maine (the inspiration for Salem’s Lot), and more. An illustrated biography on King and his home town. Looks at the world in which author Stephen King lives and the real-life places that inspired the settings for some of his most popular works.

Antique Illustrated Book: The Pilgrim’s Progress (early 1900s)

  • Title: The Pilgrim’s Progress, with illustrations in color
  • Author: John Bunyan
  • Publisher: Gilbert H. McKibbin, New York
  • Publication Date: No date – Circa 1900
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Book Condition: Good, some wear to covers

192 pages. Cloth embossed binding with 28 color illustrated plates.

The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come is a 1678 Christian allegory written by John Bunyan. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious, theological fiction in English literature. It has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print..

#books #antique #parable #illustrated #historical #allegory

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam – Vintage Pocket Books Edition Illustrated by Gordon Ross

  • Title: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
  • Author: Omar Khayyam, illustrated by Gordon Ross
  • Publisher: Pocket Books, NY
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Size (approx. width x height): 4.25 x 6.50 inches
  • Copyright Year: 1941
  • Edition: 1948 4th Printing
  • Book Condition: Very good, no spine creasing, some minor edge wear and page tanning from age.

Fully illustrated by Gordon Ross. 178 pages. No markings or previous owner notations!!

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is said to be one of the ten best known poems in the world, and probably the most popular piece of Oriental literature in the Western World.

#book #vintage #poetry #illustration #rubaiyat #Persia #Persian

Mid Century Catholic Sunday Missal

Vintage mid century Catholic Missal with Latin, larger type Edition, pocket-size.

My Sunday Missal Rev. Joseph F. Stedman, Confraternity of the Precious Blood, New York, 1944. Mass Calendar dates starting with January 1956.


This is a pocket edition and is a paperback “leatherette style”. Covers ARE NOT LEATHER.

Latin to English version; complete Pulpit text of all Epistles and Gospels as read from the pulpit. Book measures approx 5″ x 3 1/8″

Religious artifacts from the past are a neat time capsule – buy it because it’s like your Grandma’s or if you decorate Midcentury Modern style, it’s age-appropriate for your bookshelf or coffee table.


#midcenturymodern #catholic #liturgical #missal #vintage

Create a Miniature Adventure – a Creative Bookish Activity

A tiny book being held in an adult's hands

Make like “The Borrowers” and create a tiny adventure where you’re the star! This creative activity is perfect for families to do on a walk, or in your local park or garden.

  • Imagine what it would be like to be the size of your thumb!
  • Think of a simple story about your adventures at home or in your school or outdoors.
  • Draw a story board for your adventure.
  • Create a mini you.
  • Cut out your figures.
  • Time for the adventure!
  • Turn your adventure into a book.
  • and more neat ideas / concepts for you to try at home

Step-by-step inspiration and illustrations for this activity can be found here, courtesy of The British Library:

Rare Book Collector Reveals Tibetan Book Printed Before the Gutenberg Bible

Pages from A Tibetan Buddhist Text Circa 1410

The Gutenberg Printing Press truly revolutionized western society with its introduction of mass produced printed materials for a relatively cheap price, which helped encourage literacy among the lower classes. However, the practice of printing books had actually been occurring long before 1450 in the Far East. A rare book collector on Twitter recently debuted a Sino-Tibetan “concertina-folded book” that is estimated to have been printed in Beijing around 1410. This beautifully preserved book of Buddhist recitations was created about 40 years before the Gutenberg Bible entered circulation.

Twitter user Incunabula explains that the book contains “Sanskrit dhāranīs and illustrations of protective mantra-diagrams and deities” and its inner pages of bright red ink are protected by black outer coverings which feature 20 icons of gold painted Tathāgatas—a Sanskrit name for Buddha. The text was designed for both European and Asian readers in mind. According to Incunabula: “The book may be read in the Indo-Tibetan manner by turning the pages from right to left or in Chinese style by turning from left to right.”

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Rare Charlotte Brontë ‘little book’ to go on show at Haworth

A rare book the size of a matchbox written by the teenage Charlotte Brontë will go on public display for the first time after a museum paid €600,000 (£505,000) to bring it back to Britain.

Curators said they wept when they finally received the book, which arrived from an auction house in Paris. It was penned by the oldest of the Brontë sisters at the family’s home in Haworth, West Yorkshire, 200 years ago.

Handwritten by Brontë at the age of 14, the book has just 20 pages and contains three entire short stories.

It is one of six surviving “little books” penned by the author of Jane Eyre and had been in a private collection since her death in 1855.

In November last year, the Brontë Society was able to bring the “hugely important” academic work back to Britain when it went up for auction.

The Brontë Parsonage Museum, at the home of the sisters, launched a fundraising appeal after being outbid at a previous auction. Donations of £85,000 from more than 1,000 supporters added to money from trusts and public funding bodies.

The historic piece of literature was eventually bought for €600,000 and will go on display for the first time on Saturday.

Ann Dinsdale, the principal curator at the museum, said she had been there for 30 years and had never seen such a display of emotion.

“We had a welcome committee of staff who’d made a point of being in the museum to see it arrive. It was like a historic occasion,” she said. “Some of us felt a little tearful. So much effort and passion had gone into bringing it to Haworth and we’d worked so long and so hard to make it happen.

“It seemed extraordinary that there had been this huge interest in such a tiny item.”

The manuscript, called The Young Men’s Magazine, contains more than 4,000 handwritten words in a meticulously folded and stitched magazine.

It is made up of three stories: A letter From Lord Charles Wellesley, The Midnight Song and Journal of a Frenchman.

Part of it describes a murderer driven to madness after being haunted by his victims, and how “an immense fire” burning in his head causes his bed curtains to set alight.

Experts at the museum say this section of the story is a clear precursor of a famous scene between Bertha and Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre, which Charlotte would publish 17 years later.Another is a fantasy about fine dining and aristocratic living, which Dinsdale says reads as “almost an antidote to domestic life at Haworth”.

“It’s hugely important in academic terms because it adds so much to our knowledge of Charlotte’s development as a writer,” Dinsdale said. She added: “The three pieces of prose make it absolutely clear that she had an incredible imagination.”

The booklet was one of a series of six, of which five are known to survive. The other four are already owned by the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Kitty Wright, the executive director of the Brontë Society, said: “We have been truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from people from all over the world backing our campaign.”

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