I had the pleasure of handling Adomeit 9 in the Lilly Library collections today. As I was told by the very helpful librarian on the way out, the Adomeit collections is all large and miniatures. Adomeit 9 is a miniature at 44 mm x 34 mm (1.732 inches x 1.338 inches.) It is so small that I was told the proper way to handle the manuscript was in my hand, not using any supports or cushions.
The manuscript was made in France, possibly in Paris in the second quarter of the 16th century.
So how do you handle a book this small and almost 500 years old? Very carefully and firmly, after all you really do not want to drop it and you don’t want to rip it apart either.
That’s not all. This manuscript had full page miniatures.
This was a lot of fun to hold, look at and take pictures of. I really enjoyed my time with this miniature and I hope you have as well.