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Christopher Clarkson to speak on Kennicott Bible, Feb. 12

Christopher Clarkson, an internationally renowned consultant on the care of medieval manuscripts and bindings, will speak on Monday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m., in 101 McCormick Hall.

The title of his lecture is "The Kennicott Bible. A Description of its Illumination and Conservation Problems."

The Kennicott Bible was copied by the famous scribe Moses Ibn Zabara in 1476 at the commission of Isaac, the son of Don Solomon di Braga of La Coruqa in northwestern Spain. The illuminations were executed by Joseph ibn Hayyim, almost certainly a kinsman of Abraham ibn Hayyim, who composed a treatise on illumination in the 1460s. The manuscript -- a treasure of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England -- is housed in an extremely rare, highly decorated and contemporary morocco box binding.

Mr. Clarkson will describe aspects of the Bible's parchment pages, text and illuminations as well as the construction of the box binding and of its conservation problems.

For further information, contact Robert Milevski at (609)258-5591.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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