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A few items of interest today:

~ Belles Heures on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art:

Museum visitors are accustomed to seeing illuminated manuscripts opened to a single page. To see one of the greatest illuminated manuscripts ever in all its unbound glory provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk through its pages.

Such is the case with ‘The Belles Heures,’ the collaborative work of brothers Paul, Herman and Jean de Limbourg, commissioned by John, the Duke of Berry. One of the jewels of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters Collection, the medieval manuscript was recently unbound to allow restoration. Before being rebound, its 180 pages, containing more than 80 miniatures, will be exhibited in just two places: here in Los Angeles [The Los Angeles County Museum of Art] through February 8, and next fall in New York at the Metropolitan Museum.  [see this article for the full story in the Palisadian Post]

~ The Literary Stamps site has a number of images of stamps on “books, printing and libraries,” all my favorite things [visit this blog for all manner of stamps relating to authors, literature and such – see for example, Dickens, Shakespeare, and of course, Jane Austen]


~ A collection of historic Bibles has been donated to the Hardin-Simmons University, including a first edition of the 1611 King James Bible.  [see this article at the Abilene-online Reporter News]

~ PhiloBiblos gives a brief analysis of the latest Sotheby’s and Bloomsbury auctions on books and manuscripts … here is one item of interest: A first American edition of Jane Austen’s Persuasion sold at a Bloomsbury auction on December 10, 2008, for $3000.  See my other blog for more details:  Jane Austen in Vermont

~ The Guardian continues its always interesting series “Why I Write” – an interview with John Mortimer.