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Miniature books -- that is books not more than 3 inches (76 mm) in height -- have always fascinated booklovers. A good number of manuscript volumes still exist, but this history begins with the advent of printing. It tells their story, from the Officium Beatae Virginis Mariae printed by Mathias Moravius in Naples in A.D. 1486 to the present time when new printing methods, and perhaps a growing belief that small is beautiful, have greatly increased the number of enthusiastic collectors.
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Bondy, Louis W., "Miniature Books: Their History from the Beginnings to the Present Day" (1981). Books and Monographs. 28.