smallest type cast?

Perhaps of interest: I have a 1 and 1/2 ” X 3” book entitled Quinti Horatii Flacci with main text type 24 lines to the inch. Paris 1828.Says A. Mesnier Bibliopolam. Facing title page, it says “exudebat didot Natu Minor” In pencil someone has written “smallest type ever cast”
(I am not print/type educated; book prob. belonged to gggrand father who was a physician>) I will try to attach pics. Note ruler is in mm not inches.
richard warren

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Sorry, computer illiteracy resulted in failed picture forwarding

I’m curious, I’ll send you a message.

If you have the photo on a computer with Windows, you can use Microsoft Paint to make the photo smaller and save with a new name. Briar Press has a size limit on photos. Also, the name should not have any special characters or spaces, just alphabetical and numerical.

If the page has narrow margins it could be 6 point type, depending on other factors. I would like to see a page as well.


The Monotype Corporation at Salfords in the UK used to give visitors a 12 point em with the Lords Prayer in relief on the end, and with great care this could just about be printed from. As a routine their ordinary system could offer Gill Titling 6 point in four sizes, and the smallest of these prints around one and a half point. I challenged my type caster could this still be done? and I now have a modest fount of the same, Its a devil to set!