Wednesday, November 19, 2014
This traveling library looks like an oversized book. Its shelves contain 40 small volumes, bound in vellum. The blue-painted frontispiece, opposite its shelves, catalogs the contents; the small books bear no titles on their spines.
While scholars don’t know exactly who was responsible for this volume’s construction, they believe it was commissioned by William Hakewill, an MP, lawyer, and student of legal history. Hakewill seems to have gifted four such sets to friends and associates in the years 1617 and 1618.