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The Gleniffer Press The Gleniffer Press was established in 1968 as a private press in Scotland by Ian & Helen Macdonald. The press was first located in Paisley and then moved to Wigtown in 1997. The Gleniffer Press closed in 2007. During both periods of operation, the press became world famous for making fine limited edition miniature books including some of the smallest in the world. The Gleniffer Press has appeared in the Guinness Book of Records several times over the years for world breaking records and still holds the record for having made the smallest letterpress printed book. (Three Blind Mice). In 1985 Ian was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to the U.S.A. to study microbibliography and was presented with their Silver Medal in 1986. Wigtown in 1997, became Scotland’s National Book Town and Ian was one of the first elected directors of the Wigtown Book Town Company, the work of which led to the creation of the now flourishing Wigtown Book Festival Company. On retirement in 2007 from making miniature books both Helen & Ian were made honorary members of the Miniature Book Society in recognition of their work in promoting microbibliography. In 2006 both Ian & Helen were also elected honorary members of the Wigtownshire Astronomical Society which Helen founded, helping to encourage better understanding of the dark skies of Galloway. In 2013, The National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh mounted a beautiful miniature book exhibition featuring both the work of The Gleniffer Press and that of David Bryce the 19th century publisher. We no longer make or sell miniature books and cannot offer current valuations on them. Copies of our books can often be found for sale on Ebay and in Antiquarian Book Shops. We hope you enjoy our little website.