In our time of digital technologies and the nanoprogress a huge library can fit in a pocket. Bookcases stand empty, only some classical works lie on shelves. However the majority of people agree that it is more pleasant to leaf over ordinary paper books rather then its computer versions. Especially if they are illustrated and leaves are nice to the touch.

From ancient times people wanted to put all their favorite books in a bag during travels. The oldest minibook remained till nowadays is the paper scroll with Buddhist mantras written in 770. Fortunately computer technologies didn’t exclude books printing. Books and also minibooks are published all over the world and in great quantities. Today we’ll visit one unuasual publishing house where practically the whole production is manual. So you can be sure that your exemplar is unique.

The publish house “Yanico” was created in 1994 by Edwar Yanovskiy, a big books lover.

These are 3 different book sizes. The biggest side of a minibook doesn’t exceed the 76mm length, if a book is smaller than 10mm it is considered to be a micro one.

First comes an idea and no matter what it is. It may be a poet with his verses, a painter with his illustrations, or a writer with his stories. Then editors choose necessary prints, pictures and make a layout in a computer. A trial copy is carefully checked and then sent to a printing office.

The process of binding.

Big leaves are cut by special markings.

Every spread is folded up.

Then sheets are collected in small gatherings: four leaves in each gathering.

Gatherings are put together and places for stitching are marked.

The stitching process is made by an ordinary needle.

A booklet with uneven edges and without a folder is ready.

This guillotine serves for the edges alignment.

But it is not the end yet. Edges of leaves are gilded, painted in imitation of marble or cut with figures.

After that the stamping goes.

A volume stamp for the ornament and traceries impression.

The paper vinyl and different types of leather are used for bindings.

The final step.

The publishing house “Yanico”  does not only publish its own books, but also binds books from other publishers. Editors’ fantasy is not limited at all.  Here are the examples of one and the same book but in different covers.

Unfortunately the creator of this house died in 1998 and didn’t have time to open a museum of minibooks in Moscow.

A little bookcase for little books brings a lot of happiness.

E. Poe, A. Tvardovsky and others.

The great poem ” Eugene Onegin” by A. Pushkin.

All books are read without any additional tools.

I. Turgenev.

“The capital in a notebook” by M. Bulgakov with pictures of Moscow.

“The nutcracker” and “Mozart and Salieri”.

A. Belyanin, “Kazakh Fairytales”.

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