We have showcases of beautiful works using LaTeX. We have talked about beautiful tables, beautiful thesis, beautiful page headers, even beautiful labels.

I am curious to know, what is the largest work that has been handled using LaTeX? Those with the most number of pages are the obvious choices. But perhaps we will also want to consider to ones with most number of illustrations.

Here are a few toppers that I could find.

  1. TikZ (PGD) Manual, 1161 pages, impressive number of graphics.
  2. Introduction to Algorithms by Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein, 1312 pages, many line drawings.
  3. Light and Matter by Ben Crowell, 1032 page, many line drawings and photos.

If possible, please answer in elaboration, with the related stories, motivations, obstacles, and preferably links.

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    Does pgfmanual.pdf count? – Manuel Mar 2 '16 at 1:02
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    I have an exercise book (with solutions and an index) from one of my friends with 1,955 pages. No graphics, though. – Bernard Mar 2 '16 at 1:16
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    The physics textbook here is very large with lots of graphics. motionmountain.net The author discusses his experience with Latex here. motionmountain.net/onlatex.html – James Mar 2 '16 at 2:47
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    Very large "work" (+oo pages!): Typesetting the entire Song That Never Ends. ;-) – Paul Gaborit Mar 2 '16 at 15:43
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    Printing documents over 1000 pages gets difficult/expensive and is probably limited to 2000 pages. PDF has an implementation limit of ca. 1m pages. I remember a bug fix by DEK in TeX that fixed the production of dvi files with more that 64k pages... – Reinstate Monica - M. Schröder Mar 8 '16 at 21:23

The longest document I know of is the Erco catalogue from (now with a broken link) Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends answer of Stephan Lehmke. It was a mindblowingly dense document but he uses his own system Docscape (again based on TeX if I'm not mistaken). If not or if Stephan wants to write his own answer, let me know and I can delete this

2016 version of the document is here to get an idea how it was. More examples are in his website.


The perhaps biggest document set with LaTeX, that I am aware of is Christoph Schiller's Mountain Motion collection. It consist of 6 volumes, with 566 + 376 + 430 + 286 + 442 + 456 = 2556 pages in total.

Another extensive work, entirely typeset in TeX is Donald Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming. Without the supplemental material the volumes 1-4A amount to 650+20 + 762+14 + 780+14 + 883+16 = 3139 pages in total.


I create the SAS/STAT User's Guide complete with output tables, graphics, mathematics, bibliographies and two indexes.

Currently it comes in at 10,425 pages.

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    ...is there a link? – Werner Mar 8 '16 at 19:27
  • Wow. What's the runtime for a complete build from a clean directory? – Reinstate Monica - M. Schröder Mar 8 '16 at 21:24
  • Looks like I need to use those new emoticons available in social networking sites to express my feelings after seeing the page count. Already asked, but is there a link? And perhaps you would like to elaborate the answer a bit with the related stories, motivations, obstacles. – Masroor Mar 9 '16 at 0:09
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    I'm sure no one really prints it and probably no one downloads it either--we provide the chapters as separate pdfs. But the book is really built as a single book. It takes about 30 minutes for a single pass of pdflatex. The link for the most recent published version is here, the second link on the page: support.sas.com/documentation/onlinedoc/stat/index.html Separate procedures pdf/html are in their own pages, like this one: support.sas.com/rnd/app/stat/procedures/aceclus.html By the way, these docs are authored in LaTeX and converted to DocBook XML to create HTML. – Tim A Mar 9 '16 at 19:52

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