French 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: 445 mm x 318 mm (justification 316 mm x 211 mm). Double column, 39 lines. Heavily ruled in plummet. Foliated 57 in modern pen. Decoration: a single two-line initial N in red 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: Leviticus 25.6 apud te … 26.26 baculum. Condition: cockled and slightly soiled; a natural imperfection (healed scar tissue) in the lower corner, not affecting the text; 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.