I had an email today from a chap in Finland which interested and amused me.
Here in Finland, Tertullian’s Apologeticum has just been published in Finnish translation made by certain Lutheran emeritus bishop Juha Pihkala. The publisher is Kirjapaja, and it looks like they have used in the cover your photo of the codex Romanus S. Isidoriensis 1/29; compare for example the lights in the middle of the foto. You can see the cover here. The publisher’s own net site (http://www.kirjapaja.fi/) shows a different picture on the cover of the book, but this one (the Isidoriensis) is on the actual book, I’ve seen it.
My friend was concerned, I think, in case I felt robbed or something. But of course I don’t. I’m glad to see those images, which few ever seem to look at, getting wider circulation. I went to quite a lot of trouble to get permission to photograph those half-dozen manuscripts; indeed the effort was too much after a while. So I am glad that they are being used to spread the good word!
I get so much email that I don’t remember for certain, but I may have had an email from the people concerned asking about permission. If I did, I would have referred them to the Abbey that owns the manuscript. I hope they made a donation in that direction either way. But for myself, I rejoice to see it.
It’s also very good news that a Finnish translation has appeared.