4. Smallest Library Book: The Sun by Harry Crosby
Photograph Courtesy of Suzi Siegel
Among the many amazing works that comprise the New York Public Library’s Rare Books collection you will find about 2,000 miniature books, the smallest among them measuring a mere one inch by three quarters of an inch. The Sun, by Harry Crosby,is so small you need a magnifying glass to read it. The book is one of only one hundred copies that were printed in 1929. The library’s Curator of Rare books Michael Inman explains that miniature books were printed then, as they are now, as novelty items.