Thursday, November 19th, 2009...3:59 pm
Picturing Prayer: Books of Hours in Houghton Library, Harvard University is a new website devoted to examples of this prevalent form of the medieval book. The site examines the various parts of a typical book of hours, and provides ten examples from Houghton collections, digitized in high resolution from cover to cover, utilizing page-turning software. A third section enables the reader to make a side-by-side comparison of the same feature, such as the Office of the Dead, in each manuscript in which it appears.
Originating in a 2006 exhibition, the project was overseen by William Stoneman of Houghton Library and Professor Jeffrey Hamburger, with assistance from the Library Instructional Technology Fellows program.