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Friday, May 3, 2019

Exhibition of Medieval Manuscripts

Waldo Library's Rare Book Room will host an exhibit of thirteenth century and onward manuscripts during the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Waldo Library, third floor, Edwin and Mary Meader Room. Open to all, the showings are May 8 - 11, 2019, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., closed Sunday, and Monday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Here is what a recent host of this exhibition said of this collection, University of Iowa Libraries: "These manuscripts are on loan from Les Enluminures, a company with locations in Paris, New York and Chicago. Les Enluminures was created to offer a large and wide-ranging inventory of text manuscripts on the market. They developed a program that allows educational institutes in North America to borrow some manuscripts, giving more people the opportunity to see these wonderful books. The program is called “Manuscripts in the Curriculum.”  . . .  These allow students to gain a broader understanding of the Middle Ages. . .
De miseria humanae conditionis (On the Misery of the Human Condition)
The manuscripts were written throughout Europe from the 13th century to the 19th century, and each manuscript has a diverse subject including the lives of the saints, school books, humanism, liturgy and canon law.
One of the manuscripts, Lotario Dei Segni’s De miseria humanae conditionis (On the Misery of the Human Condition), has been cited by famous authors, including Chaucer and Christine de Pizan. This medieval manuscript is a reflection on the Middle Ages. 
Choir Psalter

Saint Benedict’s Regula sancti Benedicti and Saint Augustine’s Regula sancti Augustini episcopi are pocket-sized manuscripts containing foundation documents of early Western monasticism. Even though monks were not allowed any personal property of their own, there is still evidence that a Benedictine monk or abbot had owned the manuscript in the 15th century.
Along with these manuscripts, there may be some that have missing leaves. However, those missing leaves add more to the story than if they were still bound with the manuscript.
An incomplete Noted Choir Psalter and Hymnal is bound out of order and is missing numerous leaves; however, it still represents the opportunity to acquire a liturgical manuscript from Northern Italy.
There is so much to learn from these manuscripts. . . ."
WMU Libraries is pleased to exhibit these to the public and Congress attendees.