Jozsef Tari has been collecting miniature books since 1972, and is now the proud owner of over 4,500 literary works, including the world’s smallest book (2.9 x 3.2 mm).
“A printer by trade, Tari has always been fascinated by the written word, and in 1972 he began collecting miniature books. Most of the items in his collection are in Hungarian, but he also has quite a few from the US, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Indonesia and Japan. Ironically, he only has a few books from the countries neighboring Hungary. As far as topics are concerned, Jozsef Tari is interested in everything from religion to sports, literature and even cooking, but he only collects books that are 76 mm in size, or smaller. His collection features books that are over 100 years old, but his most prized miniature is the world’s smallest book – it measures only 2.9 x 3.2 millimeters and fits into a nutshell.
Apart from the 4,500 books in his collection, Tari also has 15 kinds of miniature newspapers, including the smallest in the world, which measures only 19 x 26 mm.”
(However I do believe there is a new world’s smallest book! I wonder if Tari will be adding it to his already amazing collection…)
Miniature Books - Bromer Booksellers
“When you hold a miniature book in your hand, it is like holding a jewel. A miniature book is usually no bigger than three inches (76 millimeters) tall, and although some need magnification to be viewed properly, most can be read with the naked eye. Dating as far back as 2500 BCE, Sumerian clay tablets with cuneiform writing are considered the prototype for miniature books. During the first centuries of printing, miniature books presented challenges to apprentices in the printing trades. Exercises in setting small types and binding diminutive volumes were instrumental in learning the profession. In more recent times, artists, designer bookbinders, fine letterpress printers, and hand papermakers have employed their skills to develop the miniature book as an art form.”
The Miniature Book of Tiny Stories by Wirrow
These are adorable!