After posting our unidentified ultra microminiature book yesterday it scrolled across the desk of our Conservator, Giselle Simon who informed me that they had a new microscope. Armed with new tools, we were able to identify it, (Toppan Printing Co.) and reunite it with its partner that had been accidentally separated to another part of the Charlotte Smith Miniature Book Collection, likely since it was the only one that was legible.
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Here’s the verdict! Holy Bible, Tokyo: Toppan Printing Company, 1964. 4x4mm. Published to coincide with the New York World’s Fair in 1965, this Bible was printed by a new process called “microprinting.”
This image from Anne C. Bromer’s excellent reference book, Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures from 2007 shows the original packaging: