Manuscript Trip to Baltimore.

04/25/2024

Many of you know that before Covid I offered manuscript study trips, both domestic and abroad, to visit museums and libraries that are home to some of the most beautiful and historically significant manuscripts in existence. I am very happy to be organizing my first post-Covid trip and it will be to Baltimore, Maryland. In our April newsletter we announced a visit with to The Walters Art Museum and we are thrilled to share that we have also secured a visit to the George Peabody Library. Continue reading to learn more about the trip, and to see images of a few of the manuscripts we’ll be viewing.

This trip will offer us a rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes visit at two extraordinary manuscript repositories. At each location, we will have an exclusive, up-close and personal visit with several manuscripts — without any glass case in between! I will work with the curators to choose several of the most impressive works of art in their collections and we will have a private viewing all to ourselves. A few of these manuscripts are shown below. In addition to the manuscript visits, we’ll enjoy an historic tour of the city, a visit to a second renown library (in addition to the Peabody Library), time at the Inner Harbor (where an aquarium, harbor cruises, tour of the tall ship U.S.S. Constellation, shopping, great restaurants, and more are available but are not part of this package).

You won’t want to miss this!

The Lace Manuscript
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Get ready for a real treat! One of the manuscripts we will see is the de Bar Hours, also known as the Lace Book, a manuscript created in France during the early part of the 14th century. It is remarkable for its unique border decoration. Instead of having a painted and illuminated border, as we see in most manuscripts, the borders of this book have been cut in a lace pattern.

The Alphabet Book
The Walters Art Museum

This amazing manuscript contains an illuminated letter for every letter of the alphabet – one letter per page. It may have been created as a “sampler” for medieval scribes. Diminutive in size, it is a monumental reference even for modern day calligraphers and book artists. Any of you who have taken a decorated letters workshop with me know how often I refer to this little gem.

15th-Century Book of Hours
The George Peabody Library, Baltimore

Our private visit to the Special Collections department of the Peabody Library will showcase – among others – this lovely book of hours. Books of hours are private devotional books that were commissioned by nobility for personal use. They customarily contain prayers, scripture and other religious text. Shown here is a calendar page for December. Check out the “red letter days” in the calendar, which indicate particularly important feast days for the region in which this devotional book was used. And yes, our expression “Red Letter Days” indeed derives from this use of color to denote days of particular importance.

My heartfelt gratitude goes to Lynley Anne Herbert, Ph.D., Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at The Walters Art Museum, and to Paul Espinosa, Curator of the Peabody Library, for inviting us to visit with these beautiful books.

Dates and Details

Due to the small viewing rooms and the value of the materials we will be observing, space is strictly limited by the museums. Please respond quickly if you are interested. If necessary, a wait-list will be created. any destinations outside of walking distance, transportation will be provided.

May 15-17, 2024

You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity! In addition to the museum visits mentioned, we will also enjoy two very special exhibits at The Walters, and visits to other local (within walking distance) sites. Our dates will be May 15 – 17, 2024


Accomodations

Accommodations will be provided at a 4+ star-rated hotel within walking distance of most of our destinations for the nights of May 15th & 16th. For any destinations outside of walking distance, transportation will be provided.

Transportation

If needed, airfare or train fare should be arranged privately, as it is not included with this package. Plan to arrive no later than noon on Wednesday, May 15 and depart after 5:00 on Friday, May 17.

Cost

Included in the fee will be your hotel accommodations, museum  private guided tours & exhibits, historic tour of Baltimore, admission to the Baltimore Museum of Art, and tour of the Enoch Pratt Library. The cost is per person or in a double occupancy room per 2 people.

What’s Included

Included in this package: In addition to the museum visits mentioned, we will also enjoy two very special exhibits at The Walters: The Creative Power of Women and Reflect and Remix: Art Inspiring Artisans, and an historic tour of Baltimore, an explore of the Enoch Pratt Library, a visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art, and some delicious food (crab cakes, anyone?). 

What’s Not Included

This package does not include transportation to and from our hotel in Baltimore, meals, and personal expenditures. Activities not included in the itinerary (i.e. harbor cruise, tour of U.S.S. Constellation, etc.) are not included in this package and, if desired, will need to be arranged and paid for by individual tour participants.

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