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.
The rare miniature travelling library is part of the Brotherton Collection of rare manuscripts, photographs and books housed at Leeds University and thanks to a £1.3m Heritage Lottery grant will go on display in late 2015 in a newly built gallery.
The three other known copies live at the British Library, the Huntington Library and the Toledo Museum of Art Ohio.
Story and more images at Daily Mail Online.
Color Reading detail
Isabel Barbuzza was born and raised in Argentina and is currently an associate professor at the School of Art and Art History in the University of Iowa.
Her interest lies “in the relationships between space, place, objects and materials in contemporary society and how through perception, thought and language we facilitate engaging with the physical world.”
Her work runs the gamut from artists books to sculpture to installation. Enjoy!
Disasters of War based on Goya’s “Disaster of War” – love poem blackened out with white numbers indicated disasters of war since Goya’s time. The binding is decorated with percussion caps
Beehive. Waxed ans sliced Encyclopedia Britannica
Redesinging My Library
Fantasy of Posession, detail
Isabel Barbuzza’s website
from the installation – the lone arranger – a collaboration with laura laura
Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher working out of Santa Cruz, California whose work celebrates “collecting, storytelling, and odd characters.”
Working with fabric and found and discarded books Alexander binds them up and then combines them with found objects to create sculptural works and installations.
from the sedimentals series
detail from a sedimentals piece
miss sook’s dropsy cure drawer remained unbeknownst to most
worthy – a collaboration with laura laura – installation at the Pajaro Valley Art Gallery, Watsonville, California
worthy – installation at the Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, California