Handsome Lectern Bible from the Collection of Otto F. Ege
Type: Leaves & Fragments
Impressive Lectern Bible from the Collection of Otto F. Ege. Single folio on vellum. Northern France, perhaps Flanders, ca. 1275: 450 mm x 320 mm (justification 316 mm x 211 mm). Double column, 39 lines. Heavily ruled in plummet. Foliated 36 in modern pen. A quire signature III’ for tertius. Decoration: Two two-line initials in red and blue with red and blue penwork trailing in the margins; chapter numbers and running heads in alternating red and blue initials; versal initials tipped in red. Text: Exodus 17.2 iugatus … 19.20 ascen<disset>. Condition: very good; slightly soiled; a spot in a text column on the recto; slight cockling; unmatted. Provenance: One of Otto Ege’s first manuscripts, purchased with a clutch of 60 leaves acquired from a Munich bookseller around 1923; sister folios have been identified in at least fourteen collections, including Western Michigan University, Kent State University, Oberlin College, University of South Carolina, Reading Public Museum, and Toledo Museum of Art; see S. Gwara, Otto Ege’s Manuscripts (Cayce, SC, 2013), Handlist 96.