The Horrific History of St. Albans Bible

Unfortunately, some historical books such as this are worth more when cut up (aka destroyed) than they are left intact. Sheer greed.

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may remember Erik Kwakkel or Leiden University from earlier posts like A Fantasy Tip From History: Medieval Spam. Erik recently shared the incredible history of St. Albans Bible. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

A Horror Story

In 1964, the New York rare book dealer Philip Duschnes (d. 1970) bought and subsequently broke a splendid medieval Bible produced in early-fourteenth-century Paris.

St. Albans Bible | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksLeaf from the St Albans Bible auctioned at Christie’s on 10 July 2019 (now part of the McCarthy Collection). Source

Every page is adorned with exuberant decoration, usually with gold leaf. With so much beauty on each page, to Duschnes the manuscript must have seemed ideal for breaking and selling by the leaf. In 1965, he began offering individual leaves for sale in his catalogue 169, stating that others from the same manuscript were available. Cut to order.

Yikes!

Breaking a book

St. Albans Bible | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksSt…

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