A slim undated hardback of an old English translation of the “meditations” of the emperor Marcus Aurelius came into my hands last week for a couple of pounds in a seaside second-hand bookshop. The long preface by the unnamed translator -who proves to be George Long, a 19th c. scholar - was a bit odd, but contained […]
Tag Archive for 'Manuscripts'
A very interesting post on this here: The Syriac manuscripts in the British Library: what happened to the bindings? (Liv Ingeborg Lied). Basically they were mostly discarded and rebound. H/T Paleojudaica.
2014 has certainly started with a bang! Here I am, on the Friday of the first week back, and it seems as if I was never on holiday! The two monochrome microfilm-PDF’s of the unpublished history by the 13th century Arabic Christian writer al-Makin, from the Bibliothèque Nationale Français are now on my hard disk. […]
I’ve spent today driving up to Cambridge to visit the university library. My object was to obtain some articles by R. Delmaire on the subject of Chrysostom’s letters. For the most part I was able to obtain these; although I was disappointed to discover that the latest available volume of one serial was not shelved […]
A useful post at the British Library blog here drew my attention to an interesting question: what did the bindings of ancient manuscripts look like? We all know that ancient books in 1 AD were written on rolls of papyrus. With these we are not concerned here. Examples have reached us, notably the charred rolls from […]
Lots of ballyhoo in the press, but it is remarkably difficult to find any actual manuscripts digitised by this project, paid for by Leonard Polonsky (to whom all kudos), between the Vatican and the Bodleian libraries. Anyway, the Greek manuscripts to be digitised are listed here: http://bav.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/items-to-be-digitized-greek-manuscripts The tiny number that have been done so […]
There are quite a number of manuscripts of the history by the 13th century Coptic historian al-Makin ibn al-Amid. I have listed these in a previous post here. Martino Diez, in his important article on the subject has obtained copies of three of the manuscripts. This is no small feat in itself, as I can […]
A very interesting article (in English) by J. Gruskova has appeared on the web, discussing recent work with Byzantine palimpsests, at the Austrian National Library. Somewhat annoyingly the PDF doesn’t allow copying of the text, so I can’t give you more than snippets here. The article notes various palimpsests where modern technology – multi-spectral imaging […]
Via the Macrotypography blog I learn of some very bad news indeed: Java Disaster in Florence The digital library of 3,000-plus manuscripts at the Medicea Laurenziana Library in Florence was introduced on this blog as outstanding news three years ago. This year, disaster struck as hackers round the world exploited security vulnerabilities in Java software. Java’s security had to […]
I have already mentioned a passage in the Pistis Sophia, found in the codex Askewianus, that refers to Borborite practices. But there is also a reference in the texts known as the “Books of Jeu” (the name is modern), in the so-called Bruce codex. This was obtained by the Scottish traveller James Bruce ca. 1769, […]