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Book Review: In Miniature - How Small Things Illuminate the World

Why do we have such a fascination of miniature objects such as doll houses, model railroads and flea circuses? In Miniature explores the answers.
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Simon Garfield, who most recently authored Just My Type: A Book About Fonts, has introduced his latest book: In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World. In it, the author explores why we have such a fascination of miniature objects such as doll houses, model railroads and flea circuses, to name but a few.

In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate The World, by Simon Garfield, Atria Books, hardcover, 256 pages, $25.

In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate The World, by Simon Garfield, Atria Books, hardcover, 256 pages, $25.

This little hardcover is a novel discourse. Garfield explains his premise: “Size is one thing, but scale is another, and IN MINIATURE is about scale. It is specifically concerned with how the miniature world informs the world at large ... At its heart, it is a book about looking, and about seeing; and with this, may come elucidation. We bring things down to size to understand and appreciate them.”

Through a collection of essays, Garfield explores characters throughout history who have “found greatness in small things.”

Anyone who has more than a passing interest in miniature objects will thoroughly enjoy this well-written exploration of the new perspectives. It’s entertaining from cover to cover, and the cover (the Eiffel Tower among matchsticks) and wrap designs are charming, too.

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