Saturday, 26 April 2014

Ege Leaves at Occidental College

The Ege leaves in the Occidental College collection include:
  • Psalter; France, mid-13th century
    • Gwara HL10
    • Psalms 119:136-154
    • Apparently with a pencil folio number "14"
    • de Ricci, Census, II, p.1938–9, no.12, tells us that Ege had bought the manuscript in 1922 from Adler, Munich, and that before disbinding it it had only 82 leaves, containing Pss.70-150 and canticles, misbound.
    • Despite being correctly attributed to France by de Ricci, Ege attributed it to Germany

with a charming initial depicting a rabbit:

Another nice leaf from the manuscripts is on the Saskatchewan Ege website.
  • Processional; France, early 16th century
    • Gwara HL21
    • From the Abbey of St Louis, Poissy
    • Dated early 14th century by Ege
    • With the beginning of the hymn "De profundis tenebrarum mundo lumen exit clarum ...", ending on the verso at the end of the second verse, at "... erroris fallaciam"

this does not have a red-ruled mount like many of Ege's (as discussed here) but it does have his standard printed label:

  • Terence, Comedies; Italy, Florence, c.1475
    • Gwara HL78
    • Written, according to Tilly de la Mare, by the scribe Giuliano d'Antonio da Prato
    • Sold at Sotheby's 28 May 1934, lot 100, bought by Marks (of the famous bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road)
    • de Ricci, Census, II, p.1947 no.65, consisting of 103 leaves, still bound in "original wood boards and brown leather"; "obtained (1935) from E. Dawson, Los Angeles"

A number of other leaves from this manuscript are listed by Julia Boffey and A.S.G. Edwards, Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the University of Colorado at Boulder (Binghamton, NY, 2002), pp.60-61 under MS Hayes 9; and a few are represented with images on the Digital Scriptorium website, e.g. here and here.

Ege has been the subject of several previous posts, which can be found by selecting his name from the word-cloud in the right-hand side of this page under the heading "Labels".


  1. Peter, Eagerly following your discoveries, as my own research progresses on the provenance of some medieval manuscripts or fragments, I come to wonder if you know more about "E. Dawson, Los Angeles" appearing as the source for various manuscripts obtained, for example, by Otto Ege. Perhaps the same as Dawson's Bookshop, Los Angeles?
    Your expert advice would be welcome.
    With best wishes,
    Mildred Budny

  2. I am sure that "E. Dawson" must be the same as the well-known Dawson's Book Shop, from whom many LA-area collections (including the Huntington) bought. It was set up by Ernest Dawson in 1905; some details and early photos of the business are at the bottom of this page:



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