Printed Book Leaves and Ephemera


The origins of this collection are unclear. Many of the objects were gifts to MU Libraries. Another group of materials came from the Antiquarian Library of Mark A. Slotkin and the Biblical Library of Stanley A. Slotkin.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters and early printed book leaves excised from their original bindings. Holdings primarily span the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.


The collection is not catalogued. The materials are available to all researchers during regular service hours. For more information about the use of the print collections, see Book Use Policies.


FF6. The Spectator, no. 432 (London: July 16, 1712). ("Berry collection item" note attached)

7. "AP" in English Dictionary.

8. Cicero. "De republica", bk.3, ch. 12. Text starts: "quo scelere impulsus mare haberet infestum uno myoparone," cols. 569-572.

9. King Charles IX of France (1550-1574), engraved portrait after De L'Armessin, sculp.

10.Page 129-130 from Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, published by Aldus in 1499 in Venice.

11. Page from a 16th c. German Bible, Book of John, ch. 8, woodcut illustration.

12. Leaf from the 1st edition of the King James Bible, London, 1611.

13. Leaf from the Nuremberg Chronicle, German, woodcut view of city, 1493.

14. Leaf from the New Testament. Recto: 2nd Epistle of Saint Peter, ch.2-3. Verso: 1st Epistle of St. John, ch. 1 and the beginning of ch. 2 ends with "caritas Dei perfecta". Gothic type on paper with polychrome initials (one historiated with image of a saint) and floral border (pink, blue, green, purple, red, gold)

15. Page from Apocalypse, Gothic type on paper with rubricated running titles

16. Specimen of papyrus


Sebastian Münster, Beschreibung aller Länder (Basel, 1598)
– woodcut illustrations described by subject in parentheses, 35 items

a. "Von Schottlandt: Das Ander Buch" (ducks born from trees), p. 55-56.

Third Book: "Von dem Leutschen Lande: Das Dritte Buch"
b. (boar, goats), p. 509-10.
c. (goat, hedgehog, 4 birds), p. 511-12.
d. (list of saints and counts, rats), p. 605-06.
e. "Sebastian Munster" in subtitle, p. 641-42 (slug or eel?).
f. (moose, bees), p. 647-48.
g. (siege, prayers, demons), p. 651-52
h. (family tree, deer/boar in forest, pine tree), p. 851-52 (misnumbered?).

Fourth Book: "Van den Ditnächtigen Landern: Das Vierdte Buch"
i. "Nordwegien cap. 21" (sea monster with man in teeth), p. 693-94.
j. "Schweden cap. 25" (stag and doe), 697-98.
k. "Grunlande cap. 37" (two-page spread with sea monsters and ships, pp. 708-709), key to letters on pp. 707 and 710.
l. "Von dem Ungerlandt: Das Vierdte Buch" (cranes, prayer), p. 713-14.
m. "Von dem Polandt: Das Vierdte Buch" (three men, monster attacking flock), p. 731-32.
n. "Von der Littaw: Das Vierdte Buch" (apiary), p. 751-52.
o. "Von den Doscowntern: Das Vierdte Buch" (bees, bear, forest scene), p. 755-56. *polychrome wash

Fifth Book: "Von den Landern Asie: Das Fünffte Buch"
p. "Albania" (wheat harvest, stag), p. 827-28.
q. "Antiochia" (snail), p. 843-44.
r. "Arabia" (phoenix), p. 849-50.
s. "Mecha" (unicorn), p. 851-52.
t. (hyrcania), p. 857-58.
u. (parthia), p. 859-60.
v. (elephants), p. 877-78.
w. (dragon, serpents, scorpions), p. 879-80.
x. (sea-horse, 2-3-headed serpents), p. 883-84.
y. ("Other peoples," birds), p. 889-90. *polychrome wash
z. (elephant, rhinoceros), p. 893-94.
aa. "Califuth" (4 birds), 897-98.
bb. (beaver, demon), p. 903-04.

Sixth Book: "Von den Landen Africe: Das Sechste Buch"
cc. (ground animals, lion) p. 919-920. *polychrome wash
dd. (bust, basilisk), p. 925-26.
ee. (fountains, wells, crocodile), p. 941-42.
ff. (stork, black man, elephant), p. 949-50. *polychrome wash
gg. "Libya cap. 27" (griffin, ostrich with key), p. 951-52.

hh. Map of "Eyfalia," (whale with sailor in mouth)
ii. (Griffin, horse) *polychrome wash

Note: Ellis Library has an original 1550 copy of Sebastian Münster's Cosmographica (Latin version of Beschreibung aller Länder): Rare Folio G 113 .M7 1550. For an extant 1598 edition of Beschreibung aller Länder, only the Niedersachsische Staats-und University is shown on the WorldCat database.


23 items from the former Antiquarian Library of Mark A. Slotkin and the Biblical Library of Stanley S. Slotkin. (Included with each leaf are the mounts that came with the collection and which contain facsimiles of the original title pages and some pertinent information).  For more leaves from the Slotkin collections, see the MERLIN library catalog.

From the Antiquarian Library of Mark A. Slotkin:

1. Old Testament leaf in Hebrew, Greek, Chaldaicae with Latin, ca. 1750.

2. Reverend Doctor Scoti, Philosophia Scholae Scotisticae (printed by Matthiae Wolff, 1735), p. 11-12.

3. Table of Public and Private Statues from the Reign of King George II to 1734, p. 55-56.

4. Ludovici M. Sinistrari, Practica Criminalis Illustrata (Rome, 1693), p. 85-86.

5. Justus Lipsius, Opera Omnia, "De Militia Romana Lib. I" (1637), p. 13-14.

6. R. P. F. Natali Alexandro, Theologica Dogmatica et Moralis (Paris, 1703), p. 101-2.

7. Latin Bible, Genesis ch. 31 (Antwerp, 1534).

8. Edward Earl of Clarendon, History of the Rebellion and Civil War in England (Oxford, 1707), p. 11-12.

9. Johannis Buxtorfi, Tiberius, sive Commentarius Masorethicus Triplex (Basel, 1665), p. 41-42.

10. Massorah Rabbinical Bible, 1610.

11. C. Plini, Secundi Naturalis Historiae Mundi, "Liber Primus," preface (1563).

12. Antiphonale Cisterciense, "In Epiphania Domini," (Paris, 1690), p. 123-24.

13. Antiphonarium Sagiense, "In Festo SS. Gervasii and Protasii Mart," (Paris, 1635), p. 31-32.

From the Biblical/Medical Library of Stanley S. Slotkin:

14. Theatricum Botanicum: Theatre of Plants, "Of Mustard," ch. 9 (London, 1597), p. 189-90.

15. Catholic Missal ? (London, 1523), CXLIV. In red and black ink.

16. Biblia Sacra, Numbers ch. 34-36 (London, 1593), p. 137-38.

17. Matthaeo Polo, Synopsis Criticorum Aliorum, "Commentatorum in Acta Apost. cap. 8-9", cols. 1385-88.

18. Galen, Ascripti Libri qui Variam Artis Medicae, "De Hippoc. et Plat." (Basel, 1515), p. 267-68.

19. Fredrick Hoffman (1660-1743), Medicinae Rationalis Systematicae, "De Athletis" (Geneva, 1738), p. 369-70.

20. Alessandro Pascoli, Il Corpo-umano o Breve Storia, Tab. XXXIII (Various positions of baby in womb and gynecological instruments), (Perugino, 1712).

21. Simonis Ulrici, Opera Omnia, "Disputato Secunda de Merito Justi," (Leipzig and Frankfurt, 1678), p. 169-70.

22. Pope Benedict XIV, Opera Omnia, "Disstertatio de Capacitate canon, Regularium ad Beneficia," (1767), p. 37-38.

23. Joanne Baptista Gonet, Clypeus Theologiae Thomasticae, "Jacobi Cuiacii," (Antwerp, 1794), cols. 1249-52.


UNCATALOGUED (BOX 2): 18th – 20th Century Plates and Ephemera

FF1-13: Late 18th – early 19th century engraved plates; primarily scenes from Shakespeare, arranged by press (from the Trogdon collection)

FF14-17: Advertising ephemera

FF18: Late 19th century social ephemera

FF19-20: Plates and ephemera relating to the art theft of 1981

FF21-23: 20th Century art plates

FF24: Meinem Lieben Freund, Stefan, Zur Erinerrung