Miniature books. 1952 type printed Lord's Prayer, Klieinste Buch der Welt. Smallest type printed book in the world in 1952.


At the time of this binding, 1952 (likely), this was the smallest type printed book in the world. It includes the Lord's prayer in seven different languages and was produced by the Gutenberg Museum.

There was a lot of conflicting information on the internet regarding "editions" of this book so I contacted the Gutenberg Museum to resolve my questions. What I learned was:

In 1952 it was the smallest type printed book in the world.

This copy is an early-to-market example, as evidenced by the case and binding.

There was only ever one print run. The Gutenberg Museum has copies in storage, and as needed they have another batch bound for sale. The type was distributed as a sales technique, so there has only ever been one edition, and will only ever be one edition. The bindings are all that differentiate state for this book.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 5 mm square. The Lord's Prayer is presented in seven languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch and Swedish), each with their own page. The book was printed by actual type. In my pictures you'll see a tweezer and a hair clip I used to open the book for photographs; also, there is a pencil tip in some photos for scale.

Condition -

See pictures. A little wear to case. A little soiling to inside white fabric and one thread. Brass shows a little wear of time. Book looks good.

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