Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Jacobean miniature traveling library of 50 tiny books is stored in a wooden case that looks like a large folio volume
This photo by the extraordinary Irish photographer Darren O'Brien was part of an article that appeared in the UK's Daily Mail a couple of years ago but has recently resurfaced and has been making the rounds online. You really ought to take the time to look at the article and O'Brien's amazing photographs of the collection of miniatures in the possession of the University of Leeds. This is a fairly rare specimen. Apparently, only four were made. It dates from 1617. A researcher at the school's library was quoted as saying: "It's essentially a 17th century e-book reader such as a Kindle."
Now, that's not a word we often use in any context much less related to antiquarian books.