Ever wanted to own a medieval manuscript?

A sale at Christies recently would have given you the chance.  This 13th century Latin bible, with Jerome’s prologues, sold for $39,000.  There were papyri, Syriac mss, fragments of all sorts of things; many of which went for a few thousand dollars.  I’m glad I didn’t know about the sale or I might have been tempted to bid!  But… whatever would I do with a manuscript, other than gloat over it occasionally?


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