The Karen Gould Manuscript Collection, comprised of 31 medieval manuscripts and leaves from printed books, is on display at Monmouth College through Nov. 26 in Gallery 203 of Hewes Library.
A gallery talk featuring Brother Thomas Sullivan of the Order of St. Benedict’s Conception Abbey in Conception, Mo., will be held on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. in the gallery.
The collection is on special loan from Spencer Library the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. While the majority of its leaves date to the 15th century, the earliest is a 12th-century liturgical text from Italy. The rich collection is intended to serve as a tool for teaching the medieval world in a larger sense, and the history of the book as a more specific focus.
Gould, who died last year, was a published scholar in medieval art history. She earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas. Her husband, Lew Gould, donated to collection to the museum upon her death. A noted historian who taught for many years at the University of Texas, he is currently a visiting distinguished professor at Monmouth.
Gould’s work on illuminated manuscripts and early printed books appeared in Art Bulletin and other distinguished peer-reviewed publications. She was the author of “The Psalter and Hours Yolande of Soissons."
Monmouth College student docents are available by appointment for tours for individuals and school groups from Oct. 28 through Nov. 26.
The exhibit is open for unguided visits during regular hours of Hewes Library: Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. ¬– midnight; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon – midnight.