[Printing samples, two fragments from a book of devotions]. Nuremberg: Caspar Hochfeder, [not after 1495]
[The New Testament in Short-hand, by] Ieremiah Rich. Twentieth impression. London: Printed for Wm. Marshall ... & Jno. Marshall ..., [1700?]
Early Printed Books
Through the 18th Century
The earliest Western miniature book printed from
movable type in the Lilly
Library is a unique fragment from a fifteenth-century book of devotions, two
quarter-sheets from a sixty-fourmo in eights printed by Casper Hochfeder in
Nuremberg, not after 1495, which Frederick R. Goff describes as "the smallest
book printed in the [15th] century." Other examples of early printing
represent both the secular, especially reprinting the classics in Greek and
Latin, as well as religious works. Robert and Andrew Foulis of Glasgow are
especially noted for the clarity of their Greek type. Miniature religious
works for personal use, psalters, books of hours and other devotional works
easily made the transition from the manuscript tradition to print, and were
available to a wider audience than the more expensive manuscripts. During
this period also, miniature books for children appear, including such classics
as Thomas Boreman's Gigantick Histories.
Curiosities of the Tower of London, Vol. I. London: Printed for Tho. Boreman, 1741.
Ta Tou Pindarou Sesosmena: Olympia, Pythia, Nemia,
Isthmia. Ex editione Oxoniensi. Glasguae: Excudebat R. & A. Foulis, 1754.