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Big little books

World's Largest Atlas

Come see the World’s Largest Atlas during the school holidays.

The State Library holds Australia’s only copy of Earth Platinum -  the world’s largest atlas.

This mammoth book standing at almost two metres tall will be on public display in the Mitchell Library Reading Room from Wednesday 20 December 2017 until Monday 22 January 2018.

Also on display is the smallest book in the Library - the Lord’s Prayer which was published by the International Gutenberg Society in 1958. It contains the Lord’s Prayer in seven languages: English, French, German, English (American English), Spanish, Dutch and Swedish.
The book is 6 mm x 6 mm and every page has been engraved on metal in a type foundry and was not reduced through photographic means. The leaves are hand folded, sewn and bound in leather and decorated with gold stamping on the cover and spine.

Come and visit the Library to have your picture taken with these wonders from the collection.

Learn more about the atlas here ...


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