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ORIGINAL LEAVES FROM FAMOUS BIBLES. NINE CENTURIES 1121-1935 A.D. by  OTTO  MANUSCRIPT AND PRINTED).  EGE - ONE OF 100 SETS OF

ORIGINAL LEAVES FROM FAMOUS BIBLES. NINE CENTURIES 1121-1935 A.D.

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ORIGINAL LEAVES FROM FAMOUS BIBLES. NINE CENTURIES 1121-1935 A.D.

by (LEAF BOOK - BIBLES, MANUSCRIPT AND PRINTED). EGE, OTTO

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Cleveland: For the author, [ca. 1950]. ONE OF 100 SETS OF "SERIES B," with 60 leaves. 515 x 355 mm. (20 1/4 x 14"). 2 p.l., 60 matted leaves. Collected and annotated by Otto Ege. Loose as issued, housed in original light brown buckram box, black morocco label on upper cover. WITH FOUR MANUSCRIPT LEAVES AND 56 PRINTED LEAVES, as called for, in archival mats with descriptive labels written by Ege. Prospectus and contents leaf with ink stamp of book dealer Philip C. Duschnes. Short split to front joint of clamshell box, which also shows slight wear, but the box still solid and pleasing, and the contents in very fine condition. This is an uncommonly seen complete set of one of the great leaf books of the 20th century. As stated on the contents page: "Sixty leaves from famous and rare Bibles and Testaments, dating from the 12th to the 20th century, have been selected to illustrate important changes in content and format. This collection includes Bibles of the manuscript age on vellum and on paper; incunabula[r] editions from Germany and Italy; epoch-making versions from England and the Continent during the time of the Reformation; polyglot texts, ranging from three to nine languages; early American imprints; and examples from the finest presses, extending from Jenson to Bruce Rogers." These portfolios were a collaboration between Cleveland Art Institute Dean and lecturer Otto Ege and New York book dealer Philip Duschnes, who specialized in selling individual leaves from manuscripts and early books. In his book "Otto Ege's Manuscripts," Scott Gwara observes, "To some, Otto Frederick Ege (1888-1951) is a scandal. In many cases he cut up more-or-less complete medieval manuscripts to supply middle class American connoisseurs with examples of the Book Beautiful. In fact, he created the American market for single leaves, many thousands of which passed through his hands. To others, however, Ege promoted Book Arts as a professional educator and enthusiast who fostered appreciation for medieval book design, including script, illumination, and mise-en-page." His biblioclasty was anathema to many, but he defended himself, "Surely to allow a thousand people 'to have and to hold' an original manuscript leaf, and to get a thrill and understanding that comes only from actual and frequent contact with these art heritages, is justification enough for the scattering of fragments." Perhaps fittingly, many of his carefully assembled portfolios were themselves broken up, and the leaves sold individually. Just two complete 60-leaf portfolios are recorded at auction this century.

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Bookseller
Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
CBJ1771
Title
ORIGINAL LEAVES FROM FAMOUS BIBLES. NINE CENTURIES 1121-1935 A.D.
Author
(LEAF BOOK - BIBLES, MANUSCRIPT AND PRINTED). EGE, OTTO
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
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Edition
ONE OF 100 SETS OF "SERIES B," with 60 leaves
Publisher
For the author
Place of Publication
Cleveland
Date published
[ca. 1950]

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About Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material (both because this approach made the work more educational than otherwise and because it gave him a good excuse for not being an expert in any particular specialty). Over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.

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leaves
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fine
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vellum
Vellum is a sheet of specialty prepared skin of lamb, calf, or goat kid used for binding a book or for printing and writing. ...[more]
buckram
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New
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morocco
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]
clamshell box
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