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The Gleniffer Press was established by Ian & Helen Macdonald as a private press in 1968. The press commenced work in Paisley (Scotland) and moved to Wigtown in 1997, finally closing 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 appeared in the Guinness Book of Records several times for world breaking records. 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. The press moved from Paisley to Wigtown in 1997 when Ian retired after a long full time career as a telecommunication engineer in Civil Aviation. Wigtown in 1997, became Scotland’s National Book Town. Ian was one of the first elected directors of the Wigtown Book Town Company , work which led to the creation of the now flourishing Wigtown Book Festival Company. On our retirement in 2007 from making miniature books both Helen & Ian were made life members of the Miniature Book Society in recognition of the work they had done in founding the Society and promoting microbibliography. In 2006 both Ian & Helen were elected Honorary Life Members of the Wigtownshire Astronomical Society which they founded, helping to encourage better understanding of the dark skies of beautiful Galloway. The National Library of Scotland mounted a beautiful exhibition of The Gleniffer Press miniature books at Edinburgh in 2013 which attracted many visitors. We no longer make or sell miniature books and cannot offer valuations on them. Copies of our books can often be found on the internet and in Antiquarian Book Shops. Full details about all our miniature books can be seen by clicking on Press Archives at the top of this page. If you wish to contact Ian or Helen, click on the Contact button on the top of this page. Enjoy our little website!