Miniature Book Exhibit on Display at International College's Fort Myers Campus Library

The Miniature Book Society’s Traveling Exhibit, which showcases 100 miniature books created by contemporary miniature book artists and publishers, will be on display at the International College Fort Myers campus library March 14 through May 18.

A miniature book is typically one with dimensions, length, width and depth measuring three inches or less. The exhibit features award-winning miniature books, with styles ranging from traditional binding to the artistic interpretations of the book arts. Subject matter varies from art and politics to religion and cooking. The books have been printed in more than 40 languages and come from all parts of the world.

Local Miniature Book Society board member and Naples resident Patricia Pistner arranged to bring the exhibit to International College. The exhibit has toured universities and libraries across North America over the past year.

“I brought the exhibit to Southwest region of Florida because of International College’s commitment to making the public aware of the many aspects of book artistry,” Pistner said. “We want to show people the beauty and importance of the book, especially in this day and age filled with electronic media. We have to take special care to keep in touch with fine books.”

Pistner’s miniature books are on display at the Naples Museum of Art as part of the Pistner House, a nine-room historically correct 1750s French-style town house that brings together the craftsmanship of more than 60 miniatures artisans. Her miniature book collection includes more than 1,400 volumes with manuscripts dating back to the 1200s. Pistner will be exhibiting some of her miniature books at International College’s Third Annual Rare Book Road Show on July 19.

Melody Hainsworth, Ph.D., Vice President of Information Resources and Services, felt the exhibit would be of keen interest to the students and faculty at International College.

“This is an art form because of its faithful representation in tiny format of a full size book. The books are readable and beautifully colored. There are many collectors of miniatures, including current books in Southwest Florida, but the Miniature Society has not sent such a traveling exhibit to this area before,” Hainsworth said. “The collection is also related to the Rare Book Road Show to be held Saturday, July 19, which will have on display miniature rare books on loan for the day.”

Collectors, printers, paper makers, publishers, bookbinders, illustrators, librarians, and booksellers make up the miniature book community. More information about miniature books is available at the Miniature Book Society’s website: www.mbs.org.

International College in Fort Myers is located at 8695 College Parkway in the Renaissance Center. For more information call the Library at 482-0019, Ext. 109
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