Dunedin City Library's have put images of their medieval manuscripts from the Alfred and Isabel Reed Collection onto Flickr. The old way of getting the word out meets the new! Find out more about this project.
The images include a selection from each bound manuscript, and the front and back (or recto/verso if you want to use the fancy terminology) of each individual leaf and fragment. Images are divided into collections and sets.
|Ref: View of the Dunedin Public Libraries Medieval Manuscripts' photostream on Flickr|
|Ref: Detail of one of the medieval manuscripts, 16th C, from the Dunedin Public Libraries Medieval Manuscripts' photostream on Flickr|
Dunedin's collections are second only to Auckland Libraries' Sir George Grey Special Collections at the Central City Library. The collections include Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts spanning the 12th to the 17th century, and Eastern manuscripts from the 16th to the 19th century. Access to these heritage resources is through the library catalogue (enter the Call number 'Med. Ms' or 'EASTMS' into the search box).
Included in this rich collections is the Rossdhu Book of Hours (Med. MS G.146). The first owner of this Book of Hours is thought to have been the Scottish noblewoman, Elizabeth Dunbar, Countess of Moray. The Countess lived with her third husband, the laird Sir John Colquhoun, at Rossdhu, near the village of Luss on Loch Lomond.
|Ref: 7-C1906, Rossdhu Books of Hours, 1475, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
Find out more about the Rossdhu Book of Hours and view this intricately hand painted medieval prayer book as an ebook. You can also search the text of this manuscript using both basic and advanced key word searching.