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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Manuscripts

Incunabula

Early Printed Books

Correspondence

Ephemera

Printed Material

Research Notes

Oversize Materials

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Perine-Dietert Bible Collection, 126 BCE-1976



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Perine, Frederich
Title: Perine-Dietert Bible Collection
Dates: 126 BCE-1976
Creator Abstract: Frederich Perine was an avid collector of historic bibles and early printing examples. Perine created his collection in 1915, and in the 1960s it attracted the attention of Harry and Alma Dietert, who encouraged and contributed to its development.
Content Abstract: The Perine-Dietert Collection contains single leaves, fragments, and facsimiles of written or printed religious and secular works from the East and West dating back to approximately 200 CE. The bulk of the collection is comprised of bibles and religious works ranging from the 16th century to the 1970s.
Identification: MS 269
Extent: 2.75 linear feet (3 boxes)
Languages: English, French, German, Latin, Spanish
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

Frederich Agens Perine (1878-1971) was the president of the F. A. Perine Paper Company, an art supply and paper distribution firm in Detroit, MI. He was also associated with the Ferry Seed Company for many years, and was the editor of several trade publications. An avid collector of historic bibles and early printing examples and paper ephemera, Perine created his collection in 1915. In the 1960s, the collection attracted the attention of Texans Harry W. and Alma Dietert, who followed and encouraged its further development.

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Scope and Content Note

The Perine-Dietert Collection contains single leaves, larger written or printed religious and secular works from the East and West; ancient, medieval, and Renaissance manuscripts; fragments and facsimile pages of notable Bibles, fragments of papyrus dating from the second century of the Common Era (CE), and examples of manuscript illumination created from the 12th through 15th centuries. The collection also includes page leaves and facsimile pages of medieval manuscripts, incunabula and early printed books from the 16th to the 19th century (1560-1800) which include bibles as well as secular and scientific books.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of bibles and religious works ranging from the 16th century to the 1970s. The book collection also includes a Qurʼan, theology books (mostly Christianity), fragments of larger religious works, facsimiles of pages of famous bibles, and a collection of Roman coins dating back to 126 BCE (Before the Common Era). The original bibles are in the following languages: Albanian, Amharic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Hebrew, Korean, Latin, Ojibwe/Chippewa, Russian, Spanish, and Welch.

The inventory of materials in this collection guide only includes leaves, fragments, and other loose material in the collection. Fully intact books in the collection are not listed in this guide, but are catalogued and can be found by searching for “Perine-Dietert Bible Collection” in the UTSA Library Catalog.

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Organization of Collection

Matierials are arranged chronologically within each series.
Manuscripts
Incunabula
Early Printed Books
Correspondence
Ephemera
Printed Material
Research Notes
Oversize Materials

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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Index Terms

Persons
Dietert, Harry Walter, 1896-
Perine, Fred Agens
Slotkin, Stanley S.
Subjects
Art nouveau.
Bible
Book ornamentation.
History of the book
Papyrus
Presswork (Printing)
Printing--16th century—Specimens.
Printing--17th century--Specimens.
Printing--18th century--Specimens.
Title pages--Facsimiles.
Genres/Formats
Bibles
Bookplates
Detached leaves
Early Western World coins
Facsimiles (reproductions)
Incunabula
Papyri (manuscripts)
Local Subjects
Publishing, Press, Printing

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Related Material

Bibles in the collection are not listed in this guide, but are catalogued and can be found by searching for “Perine-Dietert Bible Collection” in the UTSA Library Catalog.

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham-Young University maintains the Stanley S. Slotkin collection of book leaves (MSS 6101).

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Perine-Dietert Bible Collection, MS 269, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

The majority of the leaves represented in the collection were originally collected by Stanley S. Slotkin, founder of Abbey Rents Co., Los Angeles, who traveled around the world to collect facsimiles of title pages of rare books to which he attached page leaves from the actual works. Some of these items were subsequently acquired by Perine and others.

Before his death in 1971, Frederich Perine and his wife Eleanor donated the collection to Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas. The collection was later supplemented by additional donations from the Dieterts and other individuals. Because at the time Schreiner Institute did not have the facilities to house the collection, the collection was offered to UTSA in 1975 (Acc. 2008-032).

Processing Information

Processed by Agnieszka Czeblakow, Rare Books Librarian, 2017-2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Manuscripts

The Manuscripts series contains fragments, single leaves and facsimilie pages of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance eastern and western manuscripts, examples of manuscript illumination as well as fragments of writing on papyrus, bark and vellum. Larger leaves from the period are housed in the oversized series.
Box Folder
1 1 Fragment, Egyptian Papyrus, Demotic alphabet, c. 100-200 CE
2 Facsimile, papyrus, c. 275 CE
3 Fragment, Egyptian Payrus, Greek alphabet, c. 284- 305 CE
4 Fragment, Egyptian Coptic alphabet, c. 475- 525 CE
5 Leaf, St. Paul, Fractatus Theologicus, vellum, c. 1215
6 Leaf, Psalterium Codex, c. 1450
7 Fragment, writing on bark, Java, undated
8 Fragment, writing on vellum, undated

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Incunabula

The Incunabula series contains facsimilie pages and original leaves from early books, printed on paper or vellum before 1501.
Box Folder
1 9 Leaf, Rainerius de Pisis, Pantheologia, printed by Anton Koberger, Nuremberg, Germany, 1474
10 Leaf, Scholastica Comestoris Historicum Actuum Apostolorum, printed in Basle, Switzerland, 1486
11 Leaf, Johannes de Lapide, Resolutorium dubiorum circa celebrationem missarum occurrentium, printed by Johann Froben, Basle, Switzerland, 1492
12 Leaf, Michael de Hungaria, Evagatorium Genemy, printed by Retro Minores (Martin von Werden?) Cologne, Germany, 1499
13 Leaf, Evangelium Missae, printed by Georg Reyser, Wurzburg, 1500
14 Leaf, Psalms LXVII, printed by Jacques Nyvard, Paris, France, 1500

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Early Printed Books

The series includes original page leaves from books printed on vellum or paper, as well as hand illumination from 1501-1535. Examples of printing from 17-19th century are housed in the oversize series.
Box Folder
1 15 Leaf, Book of Hours, illuminated and printed on vellum, France, 1515
16 Leaf, Claudius Galenus, Methodi medendi, vel de morbis curandis, libri septimus, 1519
19 Leaf, Liber IIII, De Cognatione Spirituali, 1525
20 Facsimile Leaf, Tyndale's New Testament, 1526
17 Leaf, Broccace, La Complainte de Flamette, printed by Claude Nourry, Lyon, France, 1532
18 Leaf, Colophon, Sermon on Neue Testament, Germany, 1530
21 Leaf, Clementis, Epistola Prima printed by Francois Regnault, Paris, France, 1535

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Correspondence

The Correspondence series includes a few letters and greeting cards written to Fred Perine from various scholars and acquaintances.
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence to Fred A. Perine, 1930-1931

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Ephemera

The Ephemera series includes examples of Art Nouveau books plates (ex-libris), lithograph religious cards, coins, fliers and invitations, as well as newspaper clippings reflecting Perine's interest in the hisotry of printing, as well as biblical studies.
Box Folder
2 2 Book Plates, Franz von Bayros, Austria, c. 1900
3 Book Plates, Belgium, Germany, undated
4 Book Plates, Spain, undated
5 Book Plates, United States, undated
6 Book Plate, Mongolia, undated
7 Cards, Facsimilie type faces Tyndale and Coverdale Bible, and King James Bible, 1535-1611
8 Cards, Pictorial Bible Lessons, Lithographs, undated
9 Coins, Roman, 126 BCE-72 CE
10 Fliers, undated
11 Microforms, Smallest Bible in the World and Calendar of the Century, undated
12 Newspaper Clippings, 1939-1966

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Printed Material

The Printed Material series includes various printed matter from programs and brochures to fragments of reference works, book catalogs, newletters and exhibit catalogs and announcements.
Box Folder
2 13 Printed Material
Box Folder
OM1 36 Printed Material Bridwell Library Broadsides

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Research Notes

The Research Notes series includes Perine's handwritten research notes.
Box Folder
2 14 Notes on History of the Geneva Bible and Ecclesiastic by Fred A. Perine

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Oversize Materials

The Oversize Materials series contains oversized page leaves and facsimilie pages of medieval manuscripts,and early printed books from the 15th to the 19th century (1450-1800), including bibles and secular and scientific books. The majority of the leaves were collected by Stanley S. Slotkin, founder of Abbey Rents Co., Los Angeles who traveled around the world to collect facsimiles of title pages of rare books to which he attached pages from the actual work. The collected facsimiles were published by his Biblical Library of Abbey Rents, Los Angeles, c. 1969.
Box Folder
OM1 1 Facsimile, The Book of Kells, Ireland, 800 CE
Box Folder
OM1 2 Facsimile, Charter of St. Martin's de Bello Abbey, 1087
Box Folder
OM1 3 Leaf, Concordantia in Bibliam, vellum, Italy, c. 1350
4 Leaf, Codex Liturgicus. Selections from the Gospels, vellum, illuminated, France, c.1400
Box Folder
OM1 5 Facsimile, The Guttenberg Bible, Maintz, Germany, 1450
6 Leaves (3), Nicolaus de Lyra, Biblie iampridem renouate pars prima, Co[m]plecte[n]s pentateuchu[m] vna cu[m] glosa ordinaria et litterali moraliq[ue] expositione Nicolai de lyra, necno[n] additio[n]ibus Burge[n]sis ac replicis Thoringi nouisq[ue] distinctionib[us] et marginalib[us] summarijsq[ue] annotatio[n]ib[us], 1496
7 Leaves, early printing, unidentified, 1500
8 Leaves (2), Galeno, Ascripti libri Spurii Libri, Qui Variam artis medicae, Basel, 1515
9 Facsimile, Exemplar Valoris Ecclesiastici Regis Henry VIII, 1517
10 Leaves (2), Antiphonarij de t[em]p[or]e : vna cu[m] aliq[ui]b[us] hymnis notatis su[m]ma cura lo[n]gissimisq[ue] vigilijs p[er]fectu[m] correctu[m] nup[er]rime reuisu[m] et eme[n]datu[m], Venetiis : impe[n]sis nobilis viri d[omi]ni Luceantonij de Giunta Florentini, 1522 [1523]
11 Page facsimilie, Tyndale's New Testament, 1525
11 Page facsimilie, The Coverdale Bible, 1535
11 Page facsimilie, Matthew's Bible, 1537
11 Page facsimilie, The Great Bible, 1539
11 Page facsimilie, The Geneva Bible, 1560
11 Page facsimilie, The Bishops' Bible, 1568
11 Page facsimilie, The Rheims New Testament, 1582
11 Page facsimilie, The King James Version of the Bible, 1611
11 Title page facsimilie, The King James Version of the Bible, 1611
Box Folder
OM1 12 Leaf, Book of Esther, illuminated manuscript, vellum, Italy, 1550
Box Folder
OM1 13 Leaf, Petri Andreae Matthioli senensis, serenissimi Principis Ferdinandi Auchiducis Austriae &c. Medici, commentarii secundo aucti, in libros sex Pedacii Dioscoridis Anazarbei de medica materia, Venice, 1560
14 Leaf, Martin Luther, Biblia Das ist, Frankfurt, 1574
15 Leaves (2), Biblia Sacra, London, 1593
16 Leaves (3), Breeches Bible, London, 1594
17 Leaf, The New Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Robert Baker, London, 1602
18 Leaf, Hebrew Bible, 5369 Hebrew Calendar Basel, Switzerland, 1609
19 Leaf, Athenaiou Deipnosophiston biblia pentekaideka. Athenaei Deipnosophistarum libri quindecim, Lyon, J. A. Huguetan & M. A. Ravaud, 1657
20 Leaf, Michaelis Ettmulleri, Operum Omnium Medico-Phisicorum, printed by Thomae Amalulry, Lyon, France, 1660
21 Leaf, Biblia Sacra Vulgate Editionis, 1671
22 Leaves (2), Missale Romanum Ex Decreto Sacrosancti Concilii Tridentini Restitutm, B. Pii V Pontificis Maximi Iussu Editum, Clementis VIII ac Urbani VIII: In Quo Misse Sanctorum à Clemente IX & X Novissime Decrete, Roma, 1677
23 Leaves (2), Dn. Hartmanni Pistoris in Seuselitz et Hirstein ... opera omnia Simonis Ulrici ... Lipsiae [Leipzig]: F. Lackisy, 1678
24 Leaf, John Lightfoot, The Works of the Reverend and Learned John Lightfoot D.D, London, 1684
25 Facsimile, Inrollment of Act 2 of William and Mary, 1688
26 Leaves (2), Francisci Sylvij a Brania Comitis, S. theologiae doctoris in Academia Duacena, Antuerpiae : Apud viduam et filium Joannis Baptistae Verdussen, sub signo Duarum Ciconiarum, 1695
27 Leaves (2) from Katholische straßburger Bibel, Strasburg, Germany, 1701
28 Leaf, A.R.P.D. Augustini Calmet Commentarium Literale In Omnes Ac Singulos Tum Veteris, Augustae Vindelicorum & Graecii, Sumptibus Philippi, Ac Martini Veith, Et Joannis Fratris Hearedum, Augsburg, 1734
29 Leaf, Friderici Hoffmanni, Opera omnia physico-medica, Genevæ : Apud fratres De Tournes, 1748
30 Leaf, Spicilegium catechetico - concionatorium id est, conceptus exegetici, Augustae Vindelicorum, Mathiae Wolff, Innsbruck, Austria, 1750
31 Leaf, Tournély, Honoré, Praelectionum Theologicarum, Quas Auctor in Scholis Sorbonicis Habuit, Continuatio Continens Tractatus De Universa Theologia Morali, Ex Officina Metternichiana, Coloniae (Cologne), 1752
32 Leaf, German Religious work, 1764
33 Leaf, Select Works of William Penn, to Which is Prefixed a Journal of His Life, London, 1771
34 Leaf, Jean-Baptiste Gonet, Clypeus theologiae thomisticae, Antwerp, 1794
35 Leaves (4), The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, translated out of the original tongues ... Philadelphia: Jacob R. Berriman, 1796

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