Glimpses of the UBC Library's ‘New’ Medieval Manuscripts

Bright color and intricately embellished texts highlight the UBC Library’s acquisitions of Medieval manuscripts, a “student Bible” and Book of Hours.

The newly acquired UBC Library 15th-century Book of Hours. Image: UBC media
The newly acquired University of British Columbia 15th-century Book of Hours. Image: UBC media

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Worth a Thousand Words

Although it may not be the favorite truth of us words-people, sometimes there’s a lot less to be said and a lot more to be seen.

That’s true of the two newly acquired manuscripts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, the words of which, themselves, have been made pictures.

A “student Bible” — created in 1250 in Oxford, not in Paris as was more common — cost the UBC Library CA$179,000 (US$135,000) includes a handwritten concordance and margin notes.

There’s more: Read the full story and see the gallery of images at Publishing Perspectives

By Porter Ander­son

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