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.
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.|
Also: found this just now; the miniature book society: http://www.mbs.org/