Miniature Bibles by David Bryce

A miniature book with silver locket that it was kept in

'The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ'
(Glasgow: David Bryce, 1895) [NLS shelfmark ABS.4.203.05].


In 1895, a year before he issued a complete Bible in miniature, David Bryce published a remarkably tiny New Testament measuring only 18mm tall. It was a photolithographic reduction of the Oxford Pica New Testament.

Miniature Bible cover with gilt design and title
Illustrated miniature Bible
(Glasgow: D Bryce, 1901)
[NLS shelfmark: RB.s.2191].

Published in the tens of thousands, this was the smallest work in Bryce's output.


First complete Bible

Bryce's first complete Bible in miniature appeared in 1896 and was a reduced facsimile of the Oxford 16mo (sextodecimo) edition.

Bible cover with photo of king and queen on it
Coronation Bible for King
Edward VII and Queen
Alexandra (Glasgow: David Bryce,
1902) [NLS shelfmark: RB.s.2197].

Later editions were undated, but were published around 1901. They typically measured 43mm in height, had 876 pages and included 29 line drawings.

Bryce produced hundreds of thousands of these tiny Bibles and many were presented to serving soldiers throughout the British Empire.


Books produced by Gleniffer Press featured in the miniature books display at the National Library of Scotland from 18 September to 17 November 2013.


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