magnifying glass


12 volumes in metal case with glass front, resembling miniature bookcase; miniature magnifying glass in slot at foot.

Midget Library, Glasgow : David Bryce & Sons, [between 1880 and 1900]


Houghton Library, Harvard University

Contents: 1. New Testament 2. Burns poems 3. Old English, Scotch and Irish poems 4. The Koran 5. Golden thoughts from great authors 6. Witty, humorous and merry thoughts 7. The smallest English dictionary in the world 8. The smallest French & English dictionary in the world 9. A new pocket dictionary of the English and German languages 10. The tourists’ conversational guide in English, French, German, Italian 11. Tiny alphabet of birds 12. Tiny alphabet of animals.


Magnifying Glass Reveals In-Focus Tokyo Among a Dazzling Blurred Landscape

Japanese photographer Takashi Kitajima captures the same Tokyo scenes in two different ways and juxtaposes them in one gorgeous composition. His series is titled Glassporthole, and it features a diffused and blurry view of the city where the buildings, streets, and signage are fused into a dazzling mixture of color, light, and shape. In addition to the abstract images, Kitajima also looks at the landscape through a magnifying glass.