Christine Cox

Before the Codex, part 1
By Christine Cox

This is the first in a five-part series focusing on various writing supports, book forms and writing styles before the codex was invented. From some time around 3100 BCE, humans have recorded important details about our lives, but it wasn’t until those clever Egyptians decided to fold papyrus in half, nest the folios and sew them together that the codex form was born in about the 1st century CE.

Presented in this graphic and those that will follow are some of the writing supports and forms that preceded the codex. They’ve survived the ravages of time, war and tradition to come down to us.
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