Does size really matter? From the early modern period onwards, printers experimented with proportions and sizes of books. Whereas some printers found new ways in order to make their books as tiny and practical as possible, others wanted to go bigger and better. Why did they want to print such bulky volumes? And what can their size tell us about function, the aims and the intended public of the book? How does the physical size of a book relate to its contents?
In this digital exhibition, we have made a selection of large format books that are part of the special collections library of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. Scroll down and let yourself be overwhelmed by these giant books.