Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections: Canoso Miniature Books
"Artists' books are books or book-like objects over the final appearance of which an artista has had a high degree of control; when the books is intended as a work of art itself."
Artists' Books: The Book as a Work of Art, 1963-1995
Scholar Press, 1995
Artists' books are defined as works of art realized in the form of a book. Artists' books may be published in limited editions or as one-of-a-kind objects (known as "uniques") in a variety of forms including scrolls, fold-outs, pop-ups, concertinas, or loose items contained in some form of a box, as well as bound printed sheets. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but the artists' book is primarily a late 20th century form.
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About the Michael Canoso Miniature Book Collection
The Michael Canoso Miniature Book Collection was donated in 2007 by Michael Canoso. It includes books smaller than 3 inches by 3 inches as well as a selection of artists' books, some pieces of which date from as early as 1830. A variety of subjects are represented from rock art to botanical specimens. Cataloged items can be browsed online by completing a keyword search for "Canoso Miniature Book."
Within the United States, a miniature book is a very small book that is no larger than 3 inches in height, width, or thickness. Books up to four inches are considered miniature books outside of the United States.