Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Miniature Book Exhibit at BPL

The Boston Globe features an article about the newest Boston Public Library exhibit: Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures. The exhibit opens tomorrow and will run through 2 September. Tonight at 6 p.m., curator and bookseller Anne Bromer will speak about miniature books and the exhibit.

David Mehegan writes "The range of objects in the show, most of them a couple of inches head to foot, is eclectic, including an illuminated manuscript of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, a set of the complete works of Shakespeare (2 inches high and said to be perfectly readable), a book illustrated by Picasso, the smallest Bible in the world (chained to a minuscule lectern), and the world's tiniest world atlas."

A sister exhibit is being mounted at the Grolier Club; that one was curated by Julian Edison, a collector of miniature books and the co-author, with Bromer, of an accompanying book.

Once I've had a chance to see the exhibit I'll probably post some more about it.

2 comments:

Historia said...

Is it a coincidence that the Boston library opens this exhibition at the same time the Fine Books Magazine comes out with an edition also featuring miniature books?

John Overholt said...

Two years ago, we had an exhibit of Julian Edison's own miniatures collection here at the Houghton.

http://www.hno.harvard.edu/gazette/2005/04.14/14-minibook.html