London, UK. 09th June, 2019.  Firsts - London's Rare Book Fair at Battersea Park. Dante Alighieri. La Divina Commedia. Padua: Salmin, 1878.An impossibly fine copy as issued of this tiny fragile book. One of the most renowned of miniature books, Spielmann thought the type (known as "flies' eyes" and measuring about two-point) was "the smallest ever employed." The Grolier Club's "Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures" reports that working with this minuscule type, "is said to have injured the eyesight of both the compositor and corrector. Credit: Paul Quezada-Neiman/Alamy Live News

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London, UK. 09th June, 2019.  Firsts - London's Rare Book Fair at Battersea Park. Dante Alighieri. La Divina Commedia. Padua: Salmin, 1878.An impossibly fine copy as issued of this tiny fragile book. One of the most renowned of miniature books, Spielmann thought the type (known as "flies' eyes" and measuring about two-point) was "the smallest ever employed." The Grolier Club's "Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures" reports that working with this minuscule type, "is said to have injured the eyesight of both the compositor and corrector. Credit: Paul Quezada-Neiman/Alamy Live News
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London, UK. 09th June, 2019.  the London's Rare Book Fair, Dante Alighieri. La Divina Commedia. Padua: Salmin, 1878.An impossibly fine copy as issued of this tiny fragile book. One of the most renowned of miniature books, Spielmann thought the type (known as "flies' eyes" and measuring about two-point) was "the smallest ever employed." The Grolier Club's "Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures" reports that working with this minuscule type, "is said to have injured the eyesight of both the compositor and corrector. It took one month to print 30 pages, and new types were necessary for every new form. Offered by johnwindlebooks for £4800.00.Paul Quezada-Neiman/Alamy Live News

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