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By Brianna Wray
The Times 

Book Arts


September 24, 2020

Image courtesy of Curtis Cronn

The Bhutan book. One of the world's biggest books is on display at the University of Washington's Suzzallo Library in a custom case designed by Ed McKinley and fabricated by Carmine Ruggiero.

Books are magical treasure troves of knowledge and art. Academics love books. It makes sense that places of study such as colleges and universities would house libraries of rare collections. The University of Washington's Bhutan book, for example, is a massive seven-foot by five-foot behemoth.

This thing weighs 133 pounds and took an entire 24 hours to print. As a former Guinness Book of World's Records holder, Bhutan, at its mammoth scale, offers landscapes as big as windows and life-size portraits of the Himalayan kingdom and its citizens.

But books themselves are art at any size. With ad...

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