Small books have a visual impact that is inversely proportional to their size. A small book demands to be treated gently and read slowly: it is a fragile, highly portable, delicately ephemeral artifact.
Miniature books first came to popularity in the late 19th century. These tiny books, often beautifully bound in leather, were small enough to fit into travelers’ clothes or luggage and contained both practical and inspirational texts (dictionaries and religious volumes were popular choices for miniature bookmakers of the period). Today, the term “miniature book” applies mostly to conventionally bound books that are fewer than three inches high. Contemporary book artists have taken innovative liberties with the original concept of the miniature book, creating small, often highly whimsical books that delight the eye.
This exhibit, curated by Wendy Burk and Sarah Kortemeier, was originally presented in the Jeremy Ingalls Gallery of the University of Arizona Poetry Center from December 9, 2013 to January 29, 2014.