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Book: Miniature Books

Chapter: Small Things of Greatest Consequence: Miniature Bibles in America

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.37763


This chapter provides an overview of miniature books designated as “Bibles” that were produced in North America, with a focus on popular nineteenth-century children’s “thumb Bibles.” It examines the intended use of these Bibles, as evidenced in the prefaces to the printed books, as well as the ways that American printers altered their English prototypes and produced new volumes that reflected ideals of childhood and Christian education in the U.S. during the time. The study also addresses how developments in printing technology affected the form, content, and use of miniature Bibles since the end of the nineteenth century.

Chapter Contributors

  • Dorina Parmenter ( - dmparmen) 'Spalding University'