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Cambridge University buys 19th-century ‘Victorian Kindle’ the size of a shoebox

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Cambridge University buys 19th-century ‘Victorian Kindle’ the size of a shoebox with 38 small books for an undisclosed amount

  • Traveling library has been added to the university collection and has French books
  • Has been described as a ‘Victorian Kindle’ by rare book specialist Liam Sims
  • The book was sold to the University Library for an undisclosed amount
  • It will nestle among the other million rare books in the library collection

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Cambridge University has purchased a shoebox-sized 19th-century ‘Victorian Kindle’ containing 38 small books for an undisclosed sum.

The ‘traveling library’ has been added to a university collection and contains 9 cm long French books.

It has been described as a ‘Victorian Kindle’ by Rare Book specialist Liam Sims of Cambridge University Library.

The item looks like a book on the outside and was made in the early 1800’s.

This unusual traveling library contains small novels by authors such as Voltaire and Racine, which were printed between 1802 and 1818.

It was described by Mr. Sims as a “surprise when you open it.”

The 'travelling library' has been added to a university collection and contains 9 cm long French books

The ‘travelling library’ has been added to a university collection and contains 9 cm long French books

Historically, people took long carriage journeys and needed some form of entertainment.

Traveling libraries became more and more popular because they helped people pass the hours.

This traveling library would be easy to take with you on bus trips as it is portable.

It has been described as a 'Victorian Kindle' by Rare Book specialist Liam Sims of Cambridge University Library.  Pictured: the book-shaped box with the traveling library

It has been described as a 'Victorian Kindle' by Rare Book specialist Liam Sims of Cambridge University Library.  Pictured: the book-shaped box with the traveling library

It has been described as a ‘Victorian Kindle’ by Rare Book specialist Liam Sims of Cambridge University Library. Pictured: the book-shaped box with the traveling library

It also doesn’t take up much space, which is why Mr. Sims described it as a “19th century Kindle.”

He explained that the university decided to purchase the traveling library because they thought it would be something fun to share with people.

They also thought it would be a good item for them to add to their shelves.

How much the university paid for the traveling library has not been disclosed.

The Traveling Library is now nestled among the other rare books on the shelves — a million in all.