La Divina Commedia.
Padua: Salmin, 1878. 64mo (550 x 350 mm, 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 ins.), 500 pp. Portrait frontispiece. Original printed wrappers, a perfect copy as issued in a new protective box. 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 miniscule 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." Spielmann 114; Bondy p.95. Bromer and Edison: Grolier Catalogue, pp. 47-49 (rebound, illus.). The Hauck copy (rebound) fetched $5760 in 2006. Exceptionally scarce in trade. Fosberg, Multum in Parvo, p. 427 et seq. (BSA Papers Dec. 2016).
(Item Id: 107914)