Miniature Book Exhibit


Gorgas Library, University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

February 15 – April 15

For centuries individuals have been collecting miniature books. To promote knowledge of these tiny treasures, the Miniature Book Society has created a national traveling exhibit showcasing modern masterpieces as well as historic examples. Gorgas Library on the campus of the University of Alabama will be the site of the exhibit February 15 – April 15, 2012. The exhibit is sponsored by University Libraries and the Alabama Center for the Book.

The traveling exhibit also includes books from the Miniature Book Society’s annual competition. Two University of Alabama students from the School of Library and Information Studies Book Arts Program entered the 2011 competition. Their books will be featured in the collection.

Mary Elizabeth Watson’s book, CAT TALK, measures 3” x 2 5/8” and features images hand drawn and printed from photographic plates.

Timothy Winkler’s book, JUMBLE, 3” x 3” in size, is a letterpress book printed with polymer plates and linocuts. The design is meant to represent a chaotic “mess” of ideas. Winkler is both author and illustrator.

To accompany the exhibit, four additional display cases will be filled with 22 miniature books from W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library’s Book Arts Collection and information about the art of collecting miniature books.

In the United States, a miniature book is usually considered to be one which is no more than three inches in height, width, or thickness. These petite jewels can be very valuable. Earlier this year, a miniature book from 1749, ‘T Oranje Geslagt, was priced at $20,000 on a bookseller’s website.

The exhibit is open to the public and can be viewed during regular library hours: Monday-Thursday: 7:30 am – 2:00 am, Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am. For holiday closings and exceptions call (205) 348-1416.

If you are visiting campus during the week between 7:00 am and 6 pm, there are three parking decks you may park in as a visitor: Ferguson Center, Campus Drive, and North ten Hoor. After 6 pm and on weekends a parking permit is not required and visitors may park behind Gorgas Library on Campus Drive. For additional parking information call (205) 348-5471.