Among the many bookish treasures in the Brotherton Collection, held by the Library of the University of Leeds, its Jacobean Travelling Library has be one of the most curious and intriguing. Designed to appear, when closed, as a large folio volume, it’s bound in brown Turkey leather and contains three shelves housing some 40 odd miniature books bound in limp vellum with coloured fabric ties. Gold-tooling on the spine of each volume picks out a flower and a wreath while all the covers are embellished with a golden angel carrying a scroll that reads Gloria Deo, meaning Glory to God.
The 17th Century Travelling Library from the Brotherton Collection at the University of Leeds
A sheet of vellum has been affixed onto the inside of the front cover upon which, between arches, architectural details and four grand Corinthian columns, a catalogue of the small books has been painted. The arms…
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