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Leaf from a Matthew Bible, 1549

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 9

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: Sold as Otto F. Ege's Original Leaves from Famous Bibles: Nine Centuries, 1121-1935 A.D. Cleveland: Otto Ege, circa 1950, this collection consists of 37 original Bible leaves in mattes with descriptive labels. Three items are manuscript pages, while an additional 34 are printed. The leaves range in age from circa 1200 to 1935. During the years 1938-1950, Ege published portfolios under this title with 37, 50 and 60 leaves.

For preservation reasons, the leaves have been separated from their mattes, and enclosed in mylar. However, each matte and descriptive label has been retained with its original leaf where possible.

The descriptions consist mostly of transcriptions of the labels written by Ege.


  • 1549

Biographical / Historical

Imprinted at London by John Daye dwellynge at Aldersgate, and William Seres dwellynge in Peter colledge towarde Ludgate

The Second version of the English Bible, edited by John Rogers, who wrote under the pseudonym of Thomas Matthew, either in fear of his life or to conceal the fact that a considerable part of this Bible was from the condemned translation of Tyndale. This edition is also known as the “Becke Bible,” on account of the dedication by Edmund Becke; the “Indecent Bible,” because of many objectionable notes; and the “Wife Beating Bible,” from a note “to beate the fear of God into her heade.”

(Darlow and Moule 47)


From the Collection: 5.3 Linear Feet (3 oversize boxes, one portfolio box)




Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

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