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Woodstock Theological Library’s rare book collection is not all large tomes of Ignatius and Augustine, but a small number of miniature books can also be found sandwiched between their larger brethren. Miniature books have been around for centuries and have been made for a variety of purposes, from serving as devotional or entertainment material that could be carried in a pocket, to almanacs of quickly reviewed facts and figures. Printing houses also manufactured miniature books to showcase their technical abilities, as creating everything in miniature required an astounding level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Miniature books are still made today, and in fact, a book was made recently that can only be read with the aid of an electron microscope.