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Leaf from an Elzevir States - General Bible, 1663

 Item — Box: 2, Folder: 24

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.

Dates

  • 1663

Biographical / Historical

Weduwe ende Erffgenamen van Johan Elzevir, Boeckdruckers van de Academie. Leyden

The Standard Bible of the Dutch Reformed Church, compiled by Biblical scholars of the various provinces of the Netherlands. These were appointed in 1619. Fund we furnished by the States-General to start work in 1628, and the first edition appeared in 1637. It is one of the greatest books in Dutch, and has helped to mold a national language. It corresponds in importance to Luther’s version in Germany, and the King James Bible in England. Printed by J. Elzevir, a distinguished member of the most important family of Dutch publishers, who, however, seldom printed religious works.

(Darlow and Moule 3321)

Extent

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

Language

Dutch; Flemish

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

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