Slicing up Books

Title: Original Leaves from Famous Books, Eight Centuries 1240 A.D. - 1923 A.D.

We have found another weird treasure with an unusual history.

Book donated in January of 1953. It is number 77 of 110.
The leaves set came to the library in January of 1953.

In the early 20th century, a man named Otto Ege had the idea that if he disassembled rare books, created unique sets of the leaves (pages), and sold them far and wide that ordinary people would be able to enjoy them and see these precious artifacts. While his mission might have been noble, he ultimately sliced up rare books. A patron requested to view the library’s Ege set last week. Because of the book’s poor housing, we discovered what it actually contained, not simply facsimiles but the real thing.

We have another example of this phenomenon in our collection. Our medieval manuscripts leaves have all been removed from their original books and sold as individual pages.

Ege created a few sets including one focused on Bibles and our set. Below is the index and a few notable selections. Each page has an explanatory note about the work.

Index of the leaves
Image of leaf with explanatory note
St. Jerome – The Vulgate Bible, circa 1240
Image of leaf with explanatory note
Artistotle – Ethics, 1365
Image of leaf with explanatory note
Vesalius – Anatomy, 1555
Image of leaf with explanatory note
Gerard – History of Plants, 1597
Image of leaf with explanatory note
King James Authorized Version, 1611
Image of leaf with explanatory note
Homer – Iliad and Odyssey, 1923

2 thoughts on “Slicing up Books

  1. Pingback: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century English: Change and Continuity in the Language. | Bijbelvorser = Bible Researcher

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