Six miniature Shakespeare books to delight and intrigue you

Have you seen some of the smallest books in the Folger Shakespeare Library collection? We’ve been sharing miniature Folger Finds on Instagram throughout the year as these books joined a rotating display of items from the James L. Harner Collection of Miniature Books Pertaining To Shakespeare. Harner’s collection comprises books crafted by individual artists or art collectives in limited editions as well as mass-printed books sold commercially with accompanying bookcases and boxes. Many items in the Harner collection are unique or known in only a few copies.

These books have been some of our most popular #FolgerFinds shared on Instagram in 2019. Enjoy!

1. A pop-up Hamlet


2. Hamlet inside a skull

3. Romeo and Juliet with a bloody dagger

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"Is this a dagger which I see before me?" Yes, but not *that* dagger. This is a miniature copy of "Romeo and Juliet," (Har. 286) from a 40-volume set of Shakespeare’s works, printed in London in 1932 by Allied Newspapers. Each volume was individually rebound in 2005 by artist Jana Přibíková, an award-winning Czech bookbinder and conservator. Take a tour of our Founders' Room this month to see a spooooky pair of miniature artist's books from our Harner Collection of Miniature Books Related to Shakespeare. Tap the link in our bio to learn more. #FolgerFinds 🗡️ . . . #Shakespeare #Books #Bookstagram #Bookstagrammer #LookAtThisBook #ArtistsBook #BookBinding #FolgerShakespeareLibrary #OnDisplay #RomeoandJuliet

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4. Johnny Cash’s Shakespeare

This miniature set of Shakespeare’s plays belonged to country music star Johnny Cash.

5. A doll house accessory

We thought at first that this miniature book might belong to Barbie, but a little investigating uncovered a different story.

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We need your help, Barbie lovers, collectors, and fans! Our Harner Collection of Miniature Books includes this miniature book with no printed pages. It's believed to be one of @Barbie's accessories, but we want to confirm its provenance. Do you recognize this book from one of your Barbies? Tell us in the comments! A rotating set of miniature books from the Harner collection is on display now at the Folger! Just take a free tour of our Founders' Room. This [maybe Barbie?] book, Har. 377, will be on display in August. . . #Barbie #BarbieCollector #BarbieCollection #BarbieLover #BarbieLove #DollCollector #Dollstagram #Shakespeare #ShakespeareNerd #SpecialCollections #TheatreKid #LibrariesofInstagram #FolgerFinds #LookatthisBook #Bookstagram

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6. A botanical Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Harvest is a miniature, limited-edition artist’s book by Jan Kellett. Its one long sheet of paper unfolds to reveal a series of Shakespeare quotes with accompanying botanical illustrations.

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  • What an honor for Jim’s family to have a library of your stature except and display his collection. I grew up with Jim and his wife in Washington, IN.

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