Guinness recognizes world’s smallest prayer book

Published: February 15, 2007 | 5547th good news item since 2003

The Guinness Book of Records has recognized the smallest prayer book in the world: one that measures 4×5 mm (about 0.16×0.20 inches).

The prayer book is composed of two volumes, one of 24 pages carrying 303 letters and the other of 26 pages with 473 letters. It was written by the late Zygmunt Szkocny of Poland and is kept in the Church of St. Stanislas in Czeladz.

Szkocny, who died in 2003, authored 165 such miniature works in his lifetime, the largest of which measures 20×15 mm. He is also the author of the smallest book in the world, a Latin alphabet of 28 pages that measures 1×0.8 mm and which was recognized by Guiness in 1999 as the world’s smallest.

Szkocny never sold his works, but did present some as gifts to individuals such Pope John Paul II , Belgium’s Queen Beatrix, US President Ronald Reagan, and a Polish winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, Wislawa Szymborska.

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