Miniature Book Size

    The first page of the exhibition catalogue 

 In a previous blog I mentioned the “International Miniature Bookbinding Competition” held at The Hague last year. The rules for the submission were same as other bookbinding competitions. However, the organisors were very particular about the size of the books entered for the competition “The dimensions may not exceed 3 inches or 76.2mm, in height, width and depth”. In fact, it seems that the judge has fulfilled strictly and the first page of the exhibition catalogue has the page of the 3 inches square diagram. 
I have bound several miniature books before, however I did not know that there was a regulation size for miniature books. I tried to check the miniature book size in the internet site 'Wikipedia'. There are 9 different language pages about miniature books. English, Danish, German, Hungarian, Polish, Slovakian, Tamil, Ukrainian and Japanese.
As to be expected, each country and culture has its own understanding of what a miniature book is and what size it should be. However, some of the pages did mention that the Miniature Book Society (MBS) in the USA give their definition. Please see the copy of “What is the miniature book” in their web site as below.

In the United States, a miniature book is usually considered to be one which is no more than three inches in height, width, or thickness. Some aficionados collect slightly larger books while others specialize in even smaller sizes. Outside of the United States, books up to four inches are often considered miniature.

Perhaps, this explanation is easy to understand. It is important to note that the MBS does mention, in the last line of writing, that some countries consider the miniature book size to be up to 4 inches. The German page in Wikipedia indicates that the miniature book is considered to be smaller than 100 x 100 mm (approximately 4 x 4 inches). In addition, when I look at the rule of the Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2017, this competition does not allow any submissions of miniature books and their recognition of the miniature book size is the 100 x 100 mm.
The Danish and Tamil pages approve the definition of the MBS. However, the Hungarian, Polish, Ukrainian and Japanese pages provide a more comprehensive set of specifications and categories. Basically these specifications / categories fall into in to three or four groups or sizes. For example, the Hungarian page shows that the Small Book is : 76~100mm, the Miniature Book is :30~76mm and the Micro Book & Dolls House Book is : under 30mm . The Japanese page explains even more details. It is important to remember that each country has its own history of the book, paper or parchment, writing or printing and perhaps the idea of the small book (miniature book) is seen slightly differently in many countries is a good thing, each reflecting the individual character of the peoples who work with and make books. 
If you would like to know about the miniature books, please see the site as below.

私は今まで何冊かのミニチュア本を作りましたが、ミニチュア本のサイズの規定があることはこの時まで知りませんでした。インターネットのサイト、ウィキペディアでミニチュア本のサイズを調べてみたところミニチュア本に関して9つの言語のページがありました。英語、デンマーク語、ドイツ後、ハンガリー語、ポーランド語、スロバキア語、タミール語、ウクライナ語 そして日本語です。予想されたことでしたが、それぞれの国や文化はミニチュア本やそのサイズに関してそれぞれ独自の考えを持っています。しかし、幾つかのページでアメリカのミニチュア本協会のサイズの規定にふれていました。


この説明はわかりやすく、MBSが述べている最後の文章に注目して頂くと幾つかの国はミニチュア本のサイズを4インチまでにしています。ウィキペディアのドイツ語のページでは、ミニチュア本は100x100mm (4x4インチ)以下と考えられていると示されています。加えて申し上げると、デザイナー・ブックバインダーズ国際製本コンペティション2017ではミニチュア本の応募が認められておらず、そこでは100x100mmをミニチュア本として扱っていました。


  “Wine from my Garden” Book & the Box 
(Bound : 2013 / Dimensions : 61 x 51 x 9 mm) 

  “Wine from my Garden” Book in the Box

  “The Butterfly’s Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast”
(Bound : 2013 / Dimensions : 64 x 53 x 11 mm)

  “The Island” 
(Bound : 2017 / Dimensions : 76 x 56.5 x 15 mm ) 

  “The Island” endpapers