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The core of this collection was a gift in 1950 from Floy K. Hanson in memory of her teacher and mentor Jessie L. Clough. The collection was added to later in the 1950s by Etta Hanson, sister of Miss Floy. The result is this large group of leaves from works ranging from 1121 to 1935 A.D. that were acquired from the Otto F. Ege estate. Otto F. Ege worked for many years at the Cleveland Institute of Art and lectured at the School of Library Science at Case Western Reserve University on the history and the art of the book. He is better known as a biblioclast; removing leaves from books to create portfolios that were distributed worldwide. The Hanson Collection of Leaves from Books and Manuscripts contains two of these portfolios, Original Leaves from Famous Bibles: Nine centuries, 1121-1935 A.D. and Original Leaves from Famous Books: Eight Centuries, 1240 A.D. - 1923 A.D., along with a third collection of leaves not part of a standardized set. Although most leaves originate from religious texts, such as a book of hours, missal, the Qu'ran, or the Bible, others are from secular works, like the leaf from Aristotle's Ethics or Livy's History of Rome.

All materials in this collection are copyrighted by Rhodes College and subject to Title 17 of the U.S. Code. This documentation is provided for online research and access purposes only. Permission to use, copy, modify, distribute and present this material, without fee, and without written agreement, is hereby granted for educational, non-commercial purposes only. The Rhodes College Archives reserves the right to decide what constitutes educational and commercial use. In all instances of use, acknowledgement must be given to Rhodes College Archives and Special Collections, Memphis, TN. For information regarding permission to publish this material, please email the Archives at archives@rhodes.edu.

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Hanson Collection 1 - Pages from Famous Bibles

This collection contains images of the leaves from Otto Ege's portfolio Original Leaves from Famous Bibles: Nine centuries, 1121-1935 A.D.

Hanson Collection 2 - Pages from Famous Books

This collection contains images of the leaves from Otto Ege's portfolio Original Leaves from Famous Books: Eight Centuries, 1240 A.D. - 1923 A.D.

Hanson Collection 3

A collection of leaves and manuscripts from the Ege estate ranging from 1122 to 1792 A.D