March 2, 2016
Siberian man has handcrafted the world’s smallest, tiniest, littlest book
by Simon Reichley
Vladimir Aniskin, a Siberian micro-miniaturist, claims to have produced the worlds smallest book.
According to ABC news:
The micro-book consists of several pages, each measuring only very tiny fractions of a millimeter: the precise size of the pages is 70 by 90 micrometers or 0.07 by 0.09 millimeters— too small to be read by the naked human eye. Made by gluing white paint to extremely thin film, the pages are hung from a tiny ring binder that allows them to be turned. The whole construction rests on a horizontal sliver of a poppy seed.
There are two versions of the book: one listing the names of several prominent micro-miniaturists, and the other containing the Russian alphabet. Aniskin, who lives in Novosierbisk, a city some 2,000 miles east of Moscow that’s known as the “Chicago of Siberia“, is well known in the region for his tiny masterpieces—he even has his own (presumably also micro) gallery space in St. Petersburg.
When asked by ABC why he made such a very small book, which hardly anyone would or could read, Mr. Aniskin responded: “I am a micro-miniaturist. I make everything small.” As good a reason as any.
Apparently, Aniskin’s itsy-bitsy book is one of several tiny texts vying for the title of the world’s smallest. Lately, the record has been held by a 0.9 x 0.9 millimeter printing of Anton Chekhov‘s Chameleon, and a book called—no kidding—“Tiny Ted from Turnip Town”, which was printed on 30 microtablets of single crystalline silicon, etched with a gallium-ion laser by researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada.
All right then. If you insist.
Simon Reichley is the Director of Operations and Rights Manager at Melville House.