Interesting Facts about Books
The smallest book ever printed was the 1985 reprint of the children’s book, Old King Cole, by Gleniffer Press. They printed 85 copies. The book measures 1/25th of a square inch and you need a needle to turn the pages.
The biggest book Britain every printed is the 1,112-volume British Parliamentary Papers. The full set weighs over three tons. It would take approximately 6 years to finish, even if you spent 10 hours a day reading it. Its production involved £15,000 worth of gold ingots and the skins of 34,000 goats.
In 1996, a book called What Men Know About Women, appeared on the shelves. It consisted of 200 blank pages.
Richard Templeton Jr. wrote a book called The Quick Brown Fox, which contains 33 sentences. They all have the 26 letters of the alphabet in them.
Jerzy Andrzejewski’s The Gates of Paradise has no periods until the very last page of the book.
An ingenious publisher put out a book called How To Be Taller. It had nothing but blank pages, but the blurb had a single piece of useful advice: “Stand on this book.”
In 1802, Timothy Dexter wrote a book called A Pickle for the Knowing Ones that had no punctuation at all. In 1838, though, he added a page to the book with various grammatical appendages like colons, full-stops, semi-colons, commons, exclamation points, etc. He suggested that these were for readers to scatter through the book wherever they wished.
The Scottish novelist, Alasdair Gray, once had his publishers put an erratum slip in the first edition of a novel of his which read: “This erratum slip has been inserted by mistake.” He was fond of a joke.