"Mirror of History" reunited at the Getty

Beware of loaning precious books! That should be the lesson learned by the King of France who, in 1413, loaned the 4 volume manuscript of the Mirror of History, a medieval history of the world from the Creation to the Middle Ages, to Duke Louis VII of Bavaria, who promptly lost them. (photos)

The four volumes were separated, and only two have survived, one at the University Library in Leiden, Holland, and one at the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal in Paris. The two surviving volumes have been reunited as part of the exhibit Imagining the Past in France, 1250-1500 at the J. Paul Getty Museum from November 16, 2010 until Feb. 6, 2011. The exhibit, designed to explore the role of history in the Middle Ages, includes over 80 medieval masterpieces.

The museum is located in Los Angeles, California.