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Sunday, 17 April, 2011

Small Library
(with comments)

For those who want to do a little reading: Hungarian Collector Shows off World's Smallest Library.

Jozsef Tari has been collecting miniature books since 1972, and is now the proud owner of over 4,500 literary works, including the world’s smallest book (2.9 x 3.2 mm).

A printer by trade, Tari has always been fascinated by the written word, and in 1972 he began collecting miniature books. Most of the items in his collection are in Hungarian, but he also has quite a few from the US, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Indonesia and Japan. Ironically, he only has a few books from the countries neighboring Hungary.

As far as topics are concerned, Jozsef Tari is interested in everything from religion to sports, literature and even cooking, but he only collects books that are 76 mm in size, or smaller. His collection features books that are over 100 years old, but his most prized miniature is the world’s smallest book – it measures only 2.9 x 3.2 millimeters and fits into a nutshell.

small library


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  1. By Bisbonian. Comment posted 17-Apr-2011 @10:40am:
    – it measures only 2.9 x 3.2 millimeters and fits into a nutshell.


    That's it....
  2. By Umatilla. Comment posted 17-Apr-2011 @11:15am:
    Ironically, he only has a few books from the countries neighboring Hungary.

    Why is that ironic?
  3. By Spokane Mary. Comment posted 17-Apr-2011 @01:04pm:
    Very cool. I'd like to meet him.
  4. By chazunga. Comment posted 17-Apr-2011 @04:05pm:
    Ironically, he only has a few books from the countries neighboring Hungary.

    Why is that ironic?


    Those countries were, until recently, trapped behind the Ironic Curtain.
  5. By J-Walk. Comment posted 17-Apr-2011 @05:12pm:
    I wonder if any of those are large print editions? One word per page.
  6. By wally the duck. Comment posted 17-Apr-2011 @05:50pm:
    I wonder if he has "Little Women"... "A Brief history of Time"... Little House on the Prairie?

    Probably there are lots of short stories; maybe even some Little Golden Books.
  7. By banjo brad. Comment posted 17-Apr-2011 @07:04pm:
    I have a set of Shakespeare in what are called "The Complete Pocket Shakespeare." Probably over 100 years old.
  8. By Dee. Comment posted 17-Apr-2011 @09:08pm:
    **
    I am impressed. That is amazing. I had no idea there were so many miniature books.

    Indeed, very cool.
    **
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