The Klencke Atlas, which takes six people to lift and has been recorded as the largest book in the world, is soon to go on display at the British Library, where it will be showcased as part of its big summer exhibition about maps. The atlas, which is 350 years old and measures 5 feet tall by 6 feet wide, was presented to Charles II by Dutch merchants. It has never been publicly displayed with its pages open and it will go on show with about 100 other maps from the British Library’s collection, including one of the smallest maps in the world, a fingernail-sized German coin from 1773 showing a bird’s eye view of Nuremberg.

Magnificent maps: Power, Propaganda and Art is at the British Library from 30 April to 19 September.