Carnegie Mellon University
May 02, 2017

Tiny Books on Display in Hunt Library

Tiny Book

By Julianne Mattera


Books that fit into the palm of your hand are on display on the fourth floor of Carnegie Mellon University's Hunt Library.

The miniature books, many of which are just a few inches long or wide, come from the collections of donors Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt and Mary Louise Meder. They include a tiny copy of "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe, an English and German dictionary, children's books and a "Pocket Guide to Domestic Cookery" published in 1838.

Special Collections Librarian Mary Kay Johnsen said the books typically are kept in the library's Fine Book Room. The exhibition was inspired in part by the many times students have stopped at the room's first two cases to look at the miniatures, which include the small portable works of Cicero, Izaak Walton, romantic poets and philosophers.

The exhibition is on display through May 31.