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Oct. 7, 2004

Bibliophiles To Discuss Medieval Manuscripts

The Iowa Bibliophiles will discuss medieval manuscript facsimiles and how they can be used in research at the group's next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the Special Collections reading room on the Third Floor of the University of Iowa Main Library.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Jonathan Wilcox, a professor of English and scholar on early English literature, and Denise Filios, professor of Spanish and a Spanish medievalist, will talk informally about some of the library's medieval manuscript facsimiles and how they use them in their work and with their students.

In particular, they will examine three volumes recently acquired by Special Collections, including a richly illuminated 13th century Beatus (Book of Revelations) and a 15th century edition of Marco Polo's "Travels" once owned by Christopher Columbus and with his marginal notes.

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