British Museum

The Deuteronomy Manuscripts: Blackened and almost indecipherable, 15 of these approximately three and one-half by seven-inch fragments comprised the abbreviated Deuteronomy text. Sotheby’s auction announcement of 1885 claimed that they were written on leather. In 1887 they were exhibited in London by the bookseller Bernard Quaritch, who had bought them at the Sotheby auction. The strips were later acquired by an Australian, Sir Charles Nicholson, and were probably destroyed in a fire at his home in 1899.