It looks as if I may get an unscheduled day in Cambridge tomorrow, courtesy of the Centre for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts team who are there photographing. With luck I’ll get to see what they’re doing and how they do it. As someone who has photographed a few manuscripts in my time, I hope to learn a thing or two.
But I also hope to make a raid on the university library. They must have a copy of the only real publication of Al-Makin, the Historia Saracenica of Erpenius, and it would be interested to see this, and perhaps order a photocopy. I shall have to draw up a list of articles to photocopy, etc.
Perhaps I should try Riedel’s edition of Abu’l Barakat’s catalogue of Arabic Christian literature, since my ILL is taking forever!