Band 1 E 22 is a copy of Calvin’s In viginti prima Ezechielis Prophetae capita Praelectiones (1565) and belonged to the French lawyer and resident of Geneva, Germain Colladon. The manuscript leaves used for this binding are early medieval and unusual in being very carefully positioned on the binding. Nicholas Pickwoad’s account of the binding reconstructs and explains how the binder used the medieval manuscript leaves to display them on an otherwise very conventional French-style binding and highlights its significance in the history of bookbinding. Rosamond McKitterick identifies the text of both leaves as part of an Epistle Lectionary, or possibly a full Mass Lectionary, and demonstrates how the script, decoration, and mise-en-page enable these leaves to be recognized as the work of the scribes and artists working for Charles the Bald, grandson of Charlemagne, king of the Franks (840-77) and Emperor (875-77). It can be dated c.860.
Nicholas Pickwoad, ‘The Interpretation of Bookbinding Structure. An Examination of the Sixteenth-Century Bindings in the Ramey Collection in the Pierpont Morgan Library’, The Library, 6th series, 17 (1995), pp. 221-3 [repr. in: Eloquent Witnesses: Bookbindings and Their History, ed. Mirjam M. Foot (London 2004), pp. 137-9].
R. McKitterick, ‘Charles the Bald and his Library: the Patronage of Learning’, English Historical Review, 95 (1980), pp. 28-47; and ‘The Palace School of Charles the Bald’, in: Nelson and Gibson, op. cit. (n. 24), pp. 326-39, both reprinted in R. McKitterick, The Frankish Kings and Culture in the Early Middle Ages (Aldershot 1995), chapters 5 and 6. Full exposition with black and white reproductions of all decorated pages in W. Koehler and F. Mütherich, Die Hofschule Karls des Kahlen (Die karolingischen Miniaturen, 5; Berlin 1982).