Jena, Germany, Universitätsbibliothek, MS 20
(Choirbook for Frederick the Wise)
Provenance: 1) Prepared for Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony (1486-1525), probably at All Saints Church in Wittenberg (heraldic arms with motto 'Tant que je puis', f. 1v). 2) When a later Elector, Johann Friedrich I, was deposed in 1547, he retired to Weimar, taking with him the court library. The collection was transferred to Jena in the following year to become the foundation of the library of the Hochschule (later Jena University).
c. 1515-20, Brussels, Belgium, Mechelen, Belgium
brown leather over wood, with clasps
Decoration: blind-tooled lozenge design, metal corners, buckle and clasps
Original binding, partially restored.