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Identifier: GB 7B

Early Miniature Books Collection


  • 1727-1925

Scope and Content Note

The Early Miniature Books Collection consists of over 90 volumes ranging from 1727 through about 1925. Topics range from classic literature to cookery, and from almanacs to religious and spiritual guides. Examples include a London Almanack for 1785 and 1790, a copy of Lummis Birch Bark Poems printed on birch bark in 1882, as well as a Bible chained to a wooden stand and a Qur'an meant to be worn as a locket, both published by David Bryce. The bulk of the collection was donated by Rutgers alumnus Alden Jacobs, class of 1940. Other miniature books donated by Alden Jacobs can be found in the Miniature Fine Press and Artists’ Books and Children’s Miniature Book collections in Rutgers Library Special Collections.


1.2 Record Cartons

Language of Materials



This collection encompasses books in miniature format that were published before 1925.

Arrangement Note

Books listed by date of publication, or of earliest estimated publication. Publishers having the largest representation in the collection are separated out and placed at the beginning of the list as separate series. Those books whose date of publication could not be determined or estimated are included alphabetically at the end of the list. >

Related Collections

The Miniature Fine Press and Artists' Books Collection

The Commercial and Other Miniature Books Collection

A miniature book case and ephemera from both Alden Jacobs’ collection and a 1999 exhibition of his collection at the Rutgers University Library are not itemized here, but are included in Box 2 of this collection.

The Children's Miniature Books Collection

Harry B. Weiss Chapbook Collection

Nineteenth Century Children's Chapbook Collection

Guide to the Early Miniature Books Collection
Elizabeth M. Phillips
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.