Horae: Collection of Books of Hours features Books of Hours in both manuscript and printed form, spanning several centuries from Rare Books and Special Collections at the McGill Library. In the 1920s and 1930s, Gerhard R. Lomer, one of McGill University’s first librarians, launched an innovative project to create a small museum of the book inside the library open to the general public, to present a brief history of manuscript and printed books as well as the iconography through the centuries. A number of Books of Hours were acquired for this museum as were single leaves and miniatures. Later donations of several Books of Hours added to the Library's holdings.
The launch of the collection coincides with Resplendent Illuminations: Books of Hours from the 13th to the 16th Century in Quebec Collections, an exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts co-curated by our recently retired Rare Books and Special Collections colleague, Dr. Richard Virr.