New College Christmas Card 2022

This year’s Christmas card is illustrated with an image depicting the Annunciation to the Shepherds, reproduced from a 16th-century illuminated Book of Hours, for the Use of Rome—written in Latin.

The beautiful manuscript was donated to the library in 1693 by London merchant Henry Howell, son of Thomas Howell, bishop of Bristol 1644–46.

Book of Hours (Flemish, possibly Utrecht, c. 1525–50)
New College Library, Oxford, MS 323, ff. 85v, 86r

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

(Luke 2:10–11)


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