Monday, November 7, 2011

Manifesto for the Ethical Treatment of Mini Books

I've been making a lot of mini books lately, despite their unpopularity. Actually, probably because of their unpopularity. I guess mini books are the geeks in the pantheon that is book-high-school.

Since mini books are natural minorities, I'm going to write them a little manifesto:

1. Mini books are just as cool, and should be held in equal esteem by bibliophiles.
2. They might be small, but their size has several advantages: they can fit into a pocket or purse, they travel well, can be hidden easily, and they're just darn cute.
3. Mini books have been popular for 4,000 years (see photos below).
4. They are more economical since they are often much less expensive to make and purchase.
5. They are more environmentally friendly, because they use less paper, and inspire you to write smaller.

This was a short manifesto, but I'll be continuing my rant in further posts. Until then, here's a picture of the little recipe book I made for myself this weekend.

For more information on the history of the mini book, go to the Lilly Library's online exhibition, here. And here are a few more pictures on the history of the mini book:

Mini Manuscript: "Book of Hours, Bruges?, Belgium, ca. 1440." from the Lilly Library

Also from the Lilly LibraryCuriosities of the Tower of London, Vol. I. London: Printed for Tho. Boreman, 1741.

Prayer book in French, 1881 from Etsy shop: LucieTalesVintage 

Miniature French-English Dictionary (1961) for sale in sinstuff's Etsy shop.
If you're interested in making your own mini accordion book, go here for a picture tutorial:

Also: found this just now; the miniature book society:


  1. I just love mini books! Either handmade or vintage, they are so cute and handy!
    Thank you very much for featuring one of the vintage books I sell in my shop :D

  2. Personally I LOVE mini books!! I love how convenient they are!! "One should always have something interesting to read on the train!"

  3. brilliant post! I really enjoy your blog (and books)

  4. I think mini books are awesome! I once knew a librarian who had an amazing collection of miniature books and would go to miniature book conventions.
    Small yet mighty!!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie


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