Saturday, April 24, 2010

Magna Carta Visit Extended

Thanks to the Icelandic volcano, a rare 1217 manuscript of the Magna Carta will remain on display at the Morgan Library & Museum in Midtown Manhattan through May 30. As explained by Dave Itzkoff at the New York Times ArtsBeat Blog earlier this week, the document from the Bodleian Library at Oxford University--one of only seventeen surviving manuscripts from the 13th century bearing the royal seal--was scheduled for a much shorter stay. However, airlines were not eager to carry it during the unpredictable flight situation caused by the volcanic ash. As a result, law students will still have an opportunity to see this inspirational document after exams and before it heads home to England.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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