“Pages from the Past” Exhibit at Thomas Cooper Library

SC Humanities is happy to help promote the upcoming exhibit Pages from the Past: A Legacy of Medieval Books in South Carolina Collections, which was partially funded by a Major Grant from the Council. The exhibit, which is sponsored by the University of South Carolina and curated by Professor of English Dr. Scott Gwara, will appear at Thomas Cooper Library from January 17th – March 30th, 2008

Pages from the Past will exhibit a selection of medieval manuscripts from institutions stateside, including illuminated treasures from Italy, France, and Spain, as well as USC's recently acquired Breslauer codex of sermons, dated 1269. Many different kinds of books are represented, especially the Bible. The earliest book dates from about 1150 and the latest from around 1600. Approximately 100 items will be displayed.

The opening of Pages from the Past: A Legacy of Medieval Books in South Carolina Collections will take place Thursday, January 17th, 2008 at 4:30 p.m., with remarks at 5:00 p.m., in the Graniteville Room, Mezzanine Level, of the Thomas Cooper Library. Refreshments will be served. Associated with the exhibition is an evening concert by the Zephyrus Medieval Quartet, who will sing a Latin Mass by the most famous of all medieval composers, Guillaume de Machaut. The Zephyrus concert begins at 8:00 p.m. in Rutledge Chapel on January 17th. Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Grants Program of SC Humanities, please see the Grants Page or contact T.J. Wallace at tjwallace@schumanities.org.

Art Credit: USC, Rare Books and Special Collections MS 65: a cutting from a Gradual attributed to the Master of the Dominican Effigies, Florence, ca. 1340