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Fun Fact: Smallest Book

July 18, 2011
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1/25” x 1/25”


.04-inch wide


2.4 mm x 2.9mm

However you measure it, these are the dimensions of Old King Cole, the smallest volume in the Library of Congress and the record holder for the smallest book in the world by Guinness Book of World Records. It is the size of a match head! The miniature book, by German publisher Die-Gestalten Verlag, comes as a leather-bound volume in a mahogany box complete with a magnifying glass. And in case you are wondering, you can actually read the pages (although you need a needle to turn the pages).

The world's smallest book is the size of a match head!

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, founded in 1800 in Washington, D.C. This year it celebrated its 211th birthday! The LOC houses 147 million items (including 33 million books) on 838 miles of shelves.

To learn more about the Library of Congress, you can visit their website.

To learn more about the history of miniature books, visit PopMatters, an international magazine of cultural criticism, click here.

Facts are F-U-N! Stay tuned for more random fun facts on Witty Words!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nikki Grieshop permalink
    July 18, 2011 8:02 pm

    Cool Random fact. Are you going to go and check out this book? I’d love to give it a read!


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