Napoleon’s Kindle

Unlike our maniacal Emperor wanabee, Napoleon Bonaparte was a devoted book lover. He was such a serious reader that in 1803 he commissioned the creation of the wonderful traveling library pictured above to take on military campaigns. The leather-lines, velvet-trimmed mahogany case was designed to carry sixty specially printed and bound volumes. In order to save as much space as possible for the maximum number of titles, the books were printed without margins. Eventually, Napoleon acquired more travel bookcases and employed a full-time librarian to keep them organized and updated.

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