These books became more popular in the last few decades of the 19th century because they were portable and easy to conceal. One could carry a vast number of books in a small case for when one travelled. Many are bound in fine Moroccan leather, gilt and contain excellent examples of woodcuts, etchings, and watermarks. More popular topics at that time were dictionaries, language translators, religious stories and readings, and, occasionally, tourist guides.
Subjects range from the Bible, encyclopedias, music, stories, rhymes, famous speeches, and the miniaturization of well-known books such as The Compleat Angler, The Art of War, and Sherlock Holmes stories. Many are now collectors' items, with prices ranging from a few hundred to many thousands of US dollars.
Notable miniature books
Notable editions of original-sized books
Originally designed to be miniature
- Art in Miniature, by Margaret Hicks
- Peter and Donna Thomas Good Book Press
- The tiny books of Ian and Helen Macdonald's private press (The Gleniffer Press 1968-2007) The Gleniffer Press
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- Indiana University Lilly Library, 4000 Years of Miniature Books, online exhibition
- The Miniature Book Society
- The Gleniffer Press
- Miniature Book Press (Germany)
- Collection of Miniature Books at the McCune Collection
- (Spanish) Libros de exposición
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