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Lecture on the Kennicott Bible

From: Robert J. Milevski <milevski>
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2001
Christopher Clarkson, the internationally known book conservator and
consultant in medieval and Renaissance bookbindings will speak at
Princeton University on Monday, February 12, at 5p.m., 101 McCormick
Hall.

The title of his illustrated 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.

Directions for traveling to Princeton and the location of McCormick
Hall are available
<URL:http://www.princeton.edu/Siteware/WeatherTravel.shtml>.

Robert J. Milevski
Preservation Librarian
Princeton University Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544
609-258-5591
Fax: 609-258-4105


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