Kindles weren’t invented yet, but that’s the idea.
This problem, solved in our time by the invention of the Kindle, was apparently just as much of an issue in 17th-century England, according to an article in Open Culture.
Within the University of Leeds’ collection, the article notes, is a curious item: a wooden case containing miniature books making up a “travelling library.”
According to the article, William Hakewill (1574, -1655), a lawyer and Member of Parliament, gave the library to a friend as a New Year’s gift at the turn of the year 1617-1618.
“The books within the library are all small in format and bound in limp vellum covers with colored fabric ties. They are gold-tooled on the spine with a flower and a wreath tool, and all the covers are outlined by two fillets and in the front have a gilt angel bearing a scroll that reads GLORIA DEO,” according to the online catalog.
What would a 17th-century English nobleman want as his bedside reading? Works on theology, philosophy, classical history and classical poetry, including works by Ovid, Seneca, Cicero, Virgil, Tacitus, and Saint Augustine.
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