Illuminated Manuscripts

Description

In July of 2006, a collection of fifteen leaves from medieval illuminated manuscripts and early printed books was discovered in Special Collections at the Central Washington University Library. Very little information exists as to how the library obtained these leaves, though they are believed to have been purchased mostly in the 1950s. Four of the leaves can be traced with certainty to the Cleveland bookdealer Otto Ege, who issued portfolios, or "leaf books" of medieval manuscript leaves and early printed books to illustrate the development of the art of the book throughout history. However, it is believed that most, if not all, of the leaves are ultimately traceable back to Ege.

Some items in the Illuminated Manuscripts Collection:

Antiphonal, Flanders, Late 15th Century Antiphonals contain chants for the canonical hours of the Divine Office: first vespers, matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline. Recto text shows chants to be sung at lauds and vespers on Pentecost Monday.
Antiphonal, Flanders, Late 15th Century Antiphonals contain chants for the canonical hours of the Divine Office: first vespers, matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline. Recto text shows chants to be sung at lauds and vespers on Pentecost Monday.
Bible, Italy, 13th Century This leaf from an illuminated Bible shows the extreme delicacy and elegant artistry required of the scribe in designing the manuscript initial. Though the color choice of red and blue is simple, the initial V is adorned by intricate penwork…
Bible, Italy, 13th Century This leaf from an illuminated Bible shows the extreme delicacy and elegant artistry required of the scribe in designing the manuscript initial. Though the color choice of red and blue is simple, the initial V is adorned by intricate penwork…
Book of Hours, The Netherlands, Late 15th Century A Book of Hours was a devotional prayer book used by the wealthy laity. Often lavishly illustrated, the small format of Books of Hours encouraged private devotions via silent reading, rather than recitation out loud. This leaf from a Dutch Book of…