Membra Disjecta: Manuscript Fragments Before 1500

Manuscript fragments are the result of intentional or unitentional efforts to remove a piece of a manuscript giving it an independent life apart from the material from which it was born.  These pages are attempts to study and presernt the results of study done on fragments in the collections at Yale University, but often linked to private and public collections outside of New Haven.  Some of these pages host projects, other link to collaborate projects utizling Beinecke Library materials. 

Fragments Found in Beinecke Library Books.

Begun by Liz Hebbard in 2013, these pages displays the ongoing results of a census of all Beinecke Library early printed book (incunabula), printed books (to 1800) and manuscripts.  The effor there is not to reassumble these fragments, but to discover their provenance, identity and date.  This data will contibute to studies that will reveal how manuscripts were recycled, what sort of manuscripts were most likely to be recycled, and periods and regions were recycling was more or less copious.  

The Otto F. Ege Collection

Otto F. Ege was a  teacher, administrator, and bookseller who is well known for breaking up medieval manuscripts (and other books) and sellingthe resulting leaves in series of portolios that demonstrated the development of scripts, printing techniques, and surveyed genes such as Bibles or Middle Eastern materials.  The remnants of Ege's book breaking was acquired by the Beinecke Library in 2015 from the grandchildren of Otto Ege: Jo, Susan, Jack and Tom Freudenheim.  This page will continue to grow as the materials are processed and organized.

Build a Book

Using software designed specifically for this purpose, individuals or classes are welcome to reassemble leaves from the Otto F. Ege Collection into virtuall books.  Such projects test develop skills in the digital humanities  and reveals how historians determine the provenance of medieval books.  Please contact the curator directly if you or your group is interested in reassembling a medieval book.

Virtual Books

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