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U. of Iowa Receives Collection of 3,000 Miniature Books



U. of Iowa Receives Collection of 3,000 Miniature Books

Iowa City -- A collector has given a tiny gift, worth about $250,000, to the
University of Iowa.

The donor, Charlotte Smith, gave her collection of 3,000 miniature books to
the university last month as a way of thanking library staff members who had
helped in her book collecting over the years. "The university has been very
good to me," said Ms. Smith, who has no formal affiliation with the university.

The collection, which she has been compiling for more than 20 years,
includes books that are 350 years old and others printed as recently as the
1980s. Some books are covered in leather, others in sterling silver and
embroidery.

By definition, Ms. Smith says, miniature books are less than three inches tall.

The university is planning an exhibition of the books this summer, says
Robert A. McCown, head of Iowa's special collections.

"This is a rare collection that we can use to help students understand the
history of printing and book making," he said.

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Title: U. of Iowa Receives Collection of 3,000 Miniature Books
Published: 96/03/08

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