Baku (Azerbaijan) Museum of Miniature Books
The Miniature Book Museum is unique in the world. It was founded in 2002 at the initiative of Mrs. Zariha Salahova. Mrs. Zariha Salahova is the Executive Director of the Museum. The museum is located in the old part of the capital city of Azerbaijan-Baku, in the city center.
Over the period of 30 years and more, Ms. Salahova has managed to collect over 6,500 miniature books from over 60 countries of the world. The main motive for the launch and establishment of the Museum was to animate and revive “love for books” among the younger population.
The collection contains miniature books published in Russia after the Revolution and the Soviet era. The Museum offers mini-books from Europe, Central Asia, as well as Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus. Many rare editions are exhibited in the Museum, such as works by Alexander Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoyevsky…etc.. Miniature books from writers from Azerbaijan include the works of Vagifa, Khurshidbana Natavan, Nizami Ganjavia and many others also found their place in this museum. One of the most important miniature books exhibited in this museum, is the afore mentioned edition of the Qur’an from the 17th century, and a book published by Peter Schoffer (succeeding Johannes Gutenberg) from the 13th century. Former President of the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Ivo Josipović also visited this museum during his visit to Baku, and on that occasion donated to the museum a miniature edition of the “Bible”.
Entrance to the museum is free.
If you, also, have miniature editions of some books that you would like to donate to this unusual museum, you can do so by looking for the Embassy of Azerbaijan in your country, and through an embassy staff, donate the books you want.
Another option is to contact Ms. Betty Blair (Chief International Azerbaijan Magazine Editor, contact email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org). With the help of Mrs. Gladly Blair, you can donate miniature books to this truly unique and unusual museum in the world. Thank you very much for your time to read this post and for your potential donation to this museum.
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