Vol 54, No 7 (1993)

July/ August


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This is a miniature of St. Jerome, from an East Anglian Book of Hours, dating from the last quarter of the 14th century. This is one of five miniatures included in this manuscript book, located in Special Collections at the University of Houston Libraries.

The Book of Hours is a compendium of dif­ferent devotional texts, to be read in private. A scripture scholar, St. Jerome (ca. 341-420) is the patron of Biblical studies. He made a Latin translation of the Bible, known as the Vulgate, and wrote numerous commentaries on the Old and New Testaments. He has been considered a Father of the Church since the 8th century. In art, he is often represented with a cardinal's hat, and sometimes with a lion at his feet.

This manuscript book was a gift of the Rockwell Fund, Inc., in honor of Mrs. Ruth S. Wikoff, who began her employment with the library in 1933. Mrs. Wikoff, still a Houston resident, retired as librarian of the general libraries in 1967.