Cabinets of Curiosity 6: mini books Why are the books these so small? Expand Miniature books People have always been fascinated by how small things can be made. These tiny books, some no more than 1cm wide, are called Miniatures. They might have been made for a Victorian dolls house - along with a real miniature magnifying glass to help read them. The titles include the New Testament, Bijou’s Illustrations of Christ’s Life, Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect by Robert Burns, and Hampton’s ABC Railway Guide.