Two Beautiful BookReader Objects

 An  early 15 th- century Book of Hours from the University of Edinburgh.

An early 15th-century Book of Hours from the University of Edinburgh.

A few months ago I wrote about the LUNA BookReader, a slick interface for displaying multi-page documents in the LUNA Viewer.  Here I'd like to share two beautiful examples of BookReader objects that have been in the news recently.

The first is a stunning Book of Hours from the University of Edinburgh's collection. According to the University of Edinburgh's blog, the book contains a note at the beginning claiming to be "the most beautiful book in Scotland."  Flip through this book and you'll find elaborately decorated borders and brightly colored miniature illustrations.

  The Textus Roffensis, a 12th-century manuscript of English law from the University of Manchester. 

The Textus Roffensis, a 12th-century manuscript of English law from the University of Manchester. 

The second example is the Textus Roffensis, a 12th-century manuscript of English law from the University of Manchester.  An article in the Guardian quotes specialist Dr. Chris Monk who describes the book like this: 

The Textus Roffensis is truly a unique manuscript: it predates the Magna Carta by almost 100 years, contains the only copy of the oldest set of laws in English, and was penned by an English scribe within 60 years of the Norman conquest.

It's a rare treat to flip through the pages of these books from centuries past, and we're happy to see institutions embrace the BookReader as they make their collections available to the public.