Miniature Devotional Books

Miniature devotional books were very popular in the nineteenth century. These widespread books numbered in the hundreds and were often extended to many editions and publishers, which included The Religious Tract Society and The American Tract Society. Handy because of their pocket size, these meditation books were used by missionaries, servicemen and other Christians for guidance and inspiration.

     They were small in size, many were just over 2 by 3 inches. Some even smaller at just over 1 by 1 inch. They are described as having a 64mo size (2 X 3). The higher the number the smaller the book because it describes the number of times a large sheet of paper was folded. (The "mo" being part of the ending of the Latin word - sexagesimo-quarto.)




H. B. Nims & Co. Tiny Library

H. B. Nims & Co., Troy, New York, Tiny Library:

  • Dew Drops.
  • Holy Bible.
  • The Gem.
  • Daily Manna.
  • Aunt Rose.
  • Tom Thumb.


The Children's Daily Textbook

The Daily Text Book.

Published by William Mack, Bristol, 1872.

Part of the series:

  • The Children's Birthday Text Book.
  • The Keepsake Scripture Text Book.
  • The Mother's Text Book.
  • The Albumn Scripture Text Book.
  • The Birthday Scripture Text Book. Every Day.
  • A Daily Scripture Text Book.
  • The Children's Daily Text Book.

Gems, or, The Best Thoughts of Robert Murry M'Cheyne

Gems, or, The Best Thoughts of Robert Murry M'Cheyne.

Robert Murry M'Cheyne (1813-1843) minister of St. Peter's Church, Church of Scotland; Dundee, Scotland.

With a sketch of his character by Rev. James Hamilton (1814-1867). Pastor of the National Scotch Church.

Published by American Tract Society,  256 pages.


The Golden Vase

The Golden Vase; A miniature gift.

The book consists of pages of moral instruction.

Published by J.Buffum, 23 Cornhill.


Dew Drops

Dew Drops name was taken from Deuteronomy 32:2—"My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass."

The book consists of one verse for every day of the year.

Publishers include The American Tract Society.


Daily Texts

Daily Texts, with verses of Hymns.

Adopted for general use and suited for every year.

Publishers include the Religious Tract Society.


Heavenly Manna

Heavenly Manna, or A Collection of Prayers and Promises for each day of the year.

Published by The American Tract Society.


Honey Drops

Published by the American Sunday School Union in 1855.

The title comes from the Bible text - Psalm 119:103—How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

The book consists of a Bible verse for each day of the year.


Drops of Heavenly Dew

Published in London by Samuel Bagster and Sons, and James Pott & Co. New York, 2½ X 2.

The book consists of a Bible verse for every day of the year.