Tag Archive for 'Manuscripts'

What happened to the bindings of the Syriac manuscripts at the British Library

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.

From my diary

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 The two monochrome microfilm-PDF’s of the unpublished history by the 13th century Arabic Christian writer al-Makin, from the Bibliothèque Nationale Français are now on my hard disk.  […]

From my diary

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 […]

Some notes on the bindings of ancient codices

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 […]

How to find the digital manuscripts at the Bodleian-Vatican project

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 […]

The two recensions of al-Makin

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 […]

Eusebius Chronicon book 1 – portion of original Greek rediscovered!

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 […]

Mediceo-Laurenziana digital manuscripts site offline for fear of cyber-attack

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 […]

The Borborites-Phibionites in the “books of Jeu”

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, […]

170 Christian Arabic manuscripts from St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo now online!

They are here: http://cpart.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/home/resources/manuscripts/cop/ Blessedly, they have all been placed on Archive.org!  So they are downloadable as PDF’s!!!  What an excellent decision! The images are all from microfilms.  But at least we have them! Mostly Arabic, some Coptic.  Lots of biblical mss, of course; This one caught my eye: COP 20-5 (Theology 30) Principal Work: […]