Smallest book and millipede, SEM

Smallest book and millipede, SEM

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Credit: VOLKER STEGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Smallest book in the world with a millipede. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a millipede (class Diplopoda) and the smallest published book in the world. This tiny leather- bound volume measures just 2.4 by 2.9 millimetres in page area. It is a 24-page picture book of the alphabet by the German typographer Josua Reichert. It was manufactured in Leipzig, Germany. Only single copies were made of smaller books, whereas a limited edition of this book was published by Die Gestalten Verlag, Germany, from September 2001. It comes with a wooden carrying box and a magnifying glass, and is priced at 69 UK Pounds ($110). ISBN: 3931126420. Magnification unknown.

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