Rare, Restored Book of Hours Event in Wheeling

Photo Provided The “Book of Hours” dates back to 1480 and can be viewed this weekat the WLU Downtown Center.

WHEELING — View one of the rarest books in the area, “Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis,” or “Book of Hours,” dating to 1480 and including 110 fine vellum leaves, which returned to Elbin Library recently after restoration and can be seen from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at the WLU Downtown Center, located at 1310 Market St.

RSVPs are requested by calling 304-336-5635.

A rare and valuable book, the illuminated manuscript is normally housed in West Liberty University’s Elbin Library’s Rare Book Room. The professional restoration was performed by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia.

Donated by former English professor Nelle Krise, who died in 1981, the restoration of the Dutch manuscript was initiated by WLU library director (now retired) Cheryl Harshman, who began the project last January.

Krise was a serious collector of books and a popular professor. Krise Residential Hall is named after her. Other treasures from her collection also will be on display during the event.


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