New medieval manuscript facsimiles in Special Collections
February 15, 2012
Three newly-acquired facsimiles of original medieval manuscripts are available for study at Special Collections. The first is a replica of the Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux (pictured here), a 14th-century Book of Hours made for a French queen. The book is only about 4 inches high, and the facsimile comes with its own magnifying glass! The original manuscript is owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Special Collections was able to acquire this facsimile thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Library. The second facsimile reproduces the Psalter of St. Louis, an illustrated psalm book created for King Louis IX of France sometime between 1253-1270. The original psalter is held by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. A third facsimile is a manuscript life of 11th century Tuscan countess Matilde di Canossa. The original manuscript was produced in the 12th century and is now held by the Vatican Library.
The facsimiles can be requested using the call numbers listed below. For other facsimiles, search the library catalog for the genre term “manuscripts, medieval” or the subject term “illumination of books and manuscripts.”
- Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux, Vault Collection 091 J344 1998
- Psalter of St. Louis, Rare Book Collection ND 3357 .S3 P835x 2011
- Vita der Mathilde von Canossa, Rare Book Collection DG 737.24 .M4 D66 1984