Miniature Book News # 41: 1980 June Page: 1
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MINIATURE BOOK NEWS
Number 41 16 Dromara Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63124 June 1980
RENAISSANCE CLASSICS IN MINIATURE
In MBN 38 there was a lengthy article on miniature book editions of the ancient
classic writers and thinkers. Great Greek and Roman statesmen, poets,
dramatists and philosophers like Virgil, Cicero, Horace and others who lived
from about the 5th century B.C. to the Fall of Rome (5th century A.D.) were included.
We did not include the renown intellectuals of the Renaissance period (C.
1400-1600) since we felt these great classics deserved a separate study and article.
The Renaissance period, generally considered to have existed between the 14th
and 16th centuries, originated in Italy. The Renaissance was a rebirth of the
human mind to focus on the individual and life on earth versus the life hereafter.
The beginning of the Renaissance is usually dated with the works of Dante,
Petrarch, and Boccaccio in the 14th century. Erasmus spread the enthusiasm for
classical learning throughout Europe. Gutenberg's invention of printing in 1454
made the rapid spread of information and learning possible.
In this article we will concern ourselves with the important personages of the
Renaissance era whose writings or thoughts have been printed in miniature book
Listings of the books will be in alphabetical order, by author. Size is given in
height, in inches, for the binding dimension (the actual size of pages is smaller
than binding size). This book-listing is not meant to be exhaustive-we would be
glad to know of other miniature editions of these personages:
Frontispiece and title page from 1858 Paris edition of De Imitatione Christi by
Thomas A Kempis. Actual size.
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