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British Library Finds ‘Stambul’ Bible, Called the Smallest in the World

British Library Finds 'Stambul' Bible, Called the Smallest in the World

Lotrlibrary – The term “Stambul” is synonymous with the nickname Al-Quran, the mini-sized holy book of Muslims. Its small size makes creating and writing it very complicated. Who would have thought, the Christian Holy Bible also has a super mini version. Maybe it could be called the “Stambul” Bible because of its mini size.

Reporting from the BBC, this small Bible was discovered by British library staff. Rhian Isaac, senior special collections librarian at Leeds Central Library, said the book was said to be the world’s smallest Bible when it was printed, although this is almost certainly not true.

This mini “Stambul” Bible collection was only revealed after the Covid-19 pandemic quarantine. Considering its super tiny size, this mini Bible sits alongside thousands of books and items in the library.

“The staff has done a lot of work during the quarantine closure to catalog the library’s rare books. A special collection with around 3,000 new items was catalogued, said Rhian Isaac.

Uniquely, this “Stambul” Bible even has complete contents with super tiny pictures and writing. Here summarizes this unique discovery as reported by the BBC, Saturday (7/5/2022).

Use a Magnifying Glass

This 1911 replica of the so-called Chained Bible contains both the Old and New Testaments. Inside it is complete with text so small that it can only be read with a magnifying glass. Even the first page appears to contain images that are not clearly visible to the naked eye.

The origins of the Bible, which measures 1.9in (50mm) by 1.3in (35mm), is a mystery, library staff said. More than 3,000 new items were cataloged during the lockdown, including some dating back to the 15th century.

While the library speculated about where it came from, Rhian Isaac added: “We don’t know. It’s a bit of a mystery, really.

Find Other Historical Books

Many items in our collection were purchased over time or may have been donated. Isaac added that the staff had done a lot of work during the Covid-19 pandemic quarantine.

Other finds include a copy of Nouveau Cours de Mathematique, by Bernard Forest de Bélidor (1725) and Oliver Twiss – a pirated version of Oliver Twist, printed by the creator of the Penny Dreadfuls.

Isaac said: “Now people can come in and find these books and look at them.” “Before that, almost none of these books had been seen by anyone.”

He urged people interested in seeing the Bible and other finds to visit the library. “We prefer these books to be used and read. That’s what they’re made for and that’s what we encourage people to come and do, rather than locking them away. “The books belong to everyone at Leeds. We’re just their custodians, really.”

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