Guide to the Stanley S. Slotkin Printed Book Leaves Collection, 1495-1876

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Stanley S. Slotkin Printed Book Leaves Collection
Dates: 1495-1876
Identification: SC/SSB
Creator: Slotkin, Stanley S., 1905-1997
Physical Description: 0.20 linear feet
Language of Materials:

English

French

German

Latin

Arabic

Greek,Modern (1453-)

Welsh

Hebrew
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: Stanley S. Slotkin was a successful Los Angeles businessman who owned the medical and party supply rental company Abbey Rents. He was also an avid collector of antique bibles and other rare books, amassing hundreds of thousands of books which he also regularly donated to various museums, universities and libraries across the United States. In the 1960s, Slotkin began to donate individual leaves from books to institutions rather than whole works, as he felt intact books were too often locked away where they could not be seen. The collection consists of 22 of these individual leaves donated by Slotkin, which he removed from various religious texts. Each leaf is mounted onto a sheet of paper which also includes a facsimile of the cover page of the work the leaf was originally from.

Biographical Information:

Stanley S. Slotkin was a successful Los Angeles businessman who owned the medical and party supply rental company Abbey Rents. He was also an avid collector of antique bibles and other rare books, amassing hundreds of thousands of books which he also regularly donated to various museums, universities, churches, and libraries across the United States. In the 1960s, Slotkin began to donate individual leaves from books to institutions rather than whole works, as he felt intact books were too often locked away where they could not be seen. He dismembered a number of books, and donated sets of pages to any institution that would agree to display them publicly. He was also heavily interested in archaeology, cosmetic medicine, and recreational diving and contributed philanthropically to a number of causes throughout his life.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Jessica Geiser, 2013

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Scope and Contents

The Stanley S. Slotkin Printed Book Leaves Collection consists of 22 of individual leaves donated by Slotkin, which he removed from various religious texts. Each leaf is mounted onto a sheet of paper which also includes a facsimile of the cover page of the work the leaf was originally from.

Collection Contents

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 1

Leaf from a French Bible, 1495

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 2

Leaf from a Latin Religious Work, 1496

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 3

Leaf from Hippocrates in Greek and Latin , 1500

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 4

Leaf from a Work by Galen of Pergamon, 1515

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 5

Leaf from a Greek Bible, 1557

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 6

Leaf from a Martin Luther Bible, 1574

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 7

Leaf from a Welsh Bible, 1579

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 8

Leaf from a Hebrew-Latin Bible, 1591

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 9

Leaf from a Mishna, 1602

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 10

Leaf from a Hebrew Bible, 5369 A.M. [1612 C.E.]

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 11

Leaf from a Roman Missale, 1624

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 12

Leaf from Acts and Monuments: of matters most special and memorable, happening in the Church, with an universall Historie of the same , 1631

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 13

Leaf from a Roman Missale, 1635

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 14

Leaf from a Work by Dr. Johannes Baptistae Von Helmonti, 1667

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 15

Leaf from a Roman Missale, 1677

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 16

Leaf from A Commentary Upon the Historical Books of the Old Testament by Dr. Symon Patrick, 1678

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 17

Leaf from A New History of the Holy Bible from the Beginning of the World to the Establishment of Christianity , 1702

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 18

Leaf from a Scottish Bible, 1705

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 19

Leaf from a Scottish Bible, 1715

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 20

Leaf from a Commentary on the Koran by Mohammed Ben Garir El Tabri, circa 1245 A.H. [1829 C.E.]

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 21

Leaf from Commentary on the Koran , 1276 A.H. [1859 C.E.]

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 22

Leaf from a Koran, 1293 A.H. [1876 C.E.]