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Featured Digital Collection - August 2014

This beautiful illuminated De Villers Book of Hours, created in France during the late fifteenth century, is a prayer book intended for use by lay persons to recite daily the Divine Office, a complicated series of prayers that changes daily. The manuscript includes family genealogy added by one of its many owners, notes on the marriage, birth and baptism of the children of Pierre de Villers and Jeanne de Chissiret, 1603-1621 in French. The August 2014 digital collection spotlight offers a glimpse into the style and iconography of French fifteenth-century illumination. The book's rich decorative program and varied textual content provide a remarkable document of contemporary devotional piety.

The original manuscript was given to USU libraries by L. Boyd and Anne McQuarrie Hatch.

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