The World’s First Mobile Library; A ‘Jacobean Kindle’ | Book Patrol

The World’s First Mobile Library; A ‘Jacobean Kindle’ | Book Patrol.

As we look back on the world of archives and books today, I found this post at “Book Patrol” on this 17th century “mobile library” to be quite amazing.  The concept was certainly novel for its time and the resulting product is simply beautiful when it comes to a miniature library.


I hope you find this little “book blast from the past!” item to be as exciting as I did. Below is the “BP” introduction to the post and one image. Visit the link above to view other images of this beautiful mobile library.

The year was 1617. William Hakewill MP commissioned it to give as a gift to a friend. And it just might be the first mobile library.

The Jacobean miniature travelling library consisted of 50 gold-tooled vellum-bound miniature books contained in a wooden case that resembled a large folio.

Inside there were three shelves for the books. The inside cover was an illuminated table of contents. The subject matter covered history, poetry, theology and philosophy and included works by Cicero, Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, Horace and Julius Caesar.

It was the perfect gift for a reader on the go and must of been a hit for within the next five years Hakewill had 3 others made.

Published in: on January 15, 2015 at 6:23 AM  Comments (2)  
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2 CommentsLeave a comment

    Thought you might appreciate this


    • Hey, thanks, Mike! I have seen notice of this before but not all these great pictures.


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