Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom
(ISBN 0-9742469-0-5) was created by scientist Michael Hawley
, along with photographers Carolyn Bess, Sandy Choi, Dorji Drukpa, Becky Hurwitz, Choki Lhamo Kaka, Gyelsey Loday, Christopher Newell, David Salesin, and Ming Zhang. It was edited by Christopher Newell. The book was published by Friendly Planet
in December 2003 and is made up of photographs
taken on four trips through Bhutan
The book is certified by Guinness World Records
as the largest book in the world. It measures five feet
by seven feet (2.13×1.52 m
), weighs approximately 133 pounds
), and has 112 pages. It costs $2000 to produce and sells for $10,000, which is donated to a charity of the author's choice.. Each image is nearly 2 gigabytes
in size, and each copy of the book requires more than a gallon
(about four litres
) of ink and 24 hours to be printed.
The University of Washington
libraries has a copy in its Special Collections .Miami University
of Ohio has the Bhutan on display in its Special Collections section too. As part of the Dali Lama's visit to Miami University
, Geshe Kalsang Damdul and Geshe Jampel Kakpa, of Dharamsala, India, turned two pages of the book as honorary guests .
The University of Texas at El Paso
libraries has a copy in its Special Collections as well.
A smaller edition of the book was published in November 2004. The miniature... Read More