In an inconspicuous space the size of an average sitting room lies one of the most intriguing collections I have even seen – Baku’s Museum of Miniature Books in Azerbaijan.
Situated in the heart of the city’s ancient Inner City, an extensive exhibit of what I can only describe as miniature works of art, is laid out on display for your enjoyment for entrance is free.
The collection started by accident – the owner/curator, Zarifa Salahova, was offered the chance to purchase a complete collection of small format I Krylov fables in November 1982 and when she went to collect her purchase, she chanced upon a collection of miniature books and from that moment, a passion was born.
She now has a collection of over 6,500 miniature books of which 4,700 are displayed in the museum, published in 64 countries worldwide.
The smallest are three mini books in 2×2 mm format, issued by the Japanese publishing house, Toppan (smaller than the head of a pin).
And yes, Britain is represented here by The Bard’s own works and at the other end of the scale, a record of William and Kate’s marriage!
A “must visit” if you are visiting Baku’s Inner City – it is open from 11.00-17.00 – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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