The Original Leaves from Famous Bibles digital collection includes sixty pages ranging from the earliest printed bibles to twentieth century texts. Included are pages printed on paper and vellum, examples from incunabula, annotated versions documenting the Reformation, polyglots, a leaf from the 1611 King James Bible, and examples of fine printing.
Acquired by the Library of the Massachusetts Bible Society in 1948, the pages were assembled and collated by Otto Ege and Phillip Duschnes. In 1978, the Bible leaves were purchased by Godspeed's Book Shop. Later, Ball State University purchased the polyglot.
Otto Frederick Ege resided in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1920 until his death in 1951. In Ohio, he was a professor of Art History and later a Dean at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Despite lack of formal training in bibliography, textual criticism, or librarianship, Ege is best remembered for his care and compilation of medieval texts, including Bibles. To learn more about Otto Ege, visit Denison University's Otto F. Ege Collection.
According to the Dictionary of American Antiquarian Bookdealers by Donald C. Dickinson, Phillip Duschnes was born in 1897 and died in New York on July 4, 1970. He specialized in removing, compiling, and selling documents removed from important books, including Bibles. Ege and Duschnes enjoyed something close to a partnership by the 1940s, acquiring and selling medieval manuscript pages.
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