Christine Cox

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6th Century: Cathac of St. Columba

Books, Miniatures, Writing and Supports
(Timeline Project)

~590 to 600 – Cathac of St. Columba – oldest surviving manuscript in Ireland. 58 folios, damaged and incomplete. Vellum. Black ink.

Read more on Wikipedia 

This post is part of an ongoing series on books, miniatures, writing and supports since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

 

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5th Century: Laced Boards

Books, Miniatures, Writing and Supports
(Timeline Project)

 

Western books from the fifth century onward were bound with pages made from parchment folded and sewn onto strong cords or ligament that were then laced to wooden boards and covered with leather.

Wooden boards – Oak was common in England and France, pine or beech was used in Italy (Italian books feel lighter)

This post is part of an ongoing series on books, miniatures, writing and supports since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

4th Century: Codex Form and the Christians

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the fourth century! (tootle toot!)

Books, Miniatures, Writing and Supports
(Timeline Project)

4th century – Codex form is starting to dominate in Christian manuscripts – portable and easy to consult, ideal for traveling, sharing and personal devotion – use of scrolls sharply diminishes

This post is part of an ongoing series on books, miniatures, writing and supports since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

3rd Century: Codex and Law

Books, Miniatures, Writing and Supports
(Timeline Project)

By the 3rd century, the codex format was common for legal documents.

This post is part of an ongoing series on bookbinding, miniatures, writing and paper since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

3rd century: Roman Half-Uncial Script

Bookbinding, Miniatures, Writing and Paper
(Timeline project)

As early as 3rd century — Roman script Half-Uncial gaining popularity—easier to write, took up less space, required less skill than Uncial. Smoother writing surfaces of parchment and vellum allowed for smoother, rounder writing using fewer strokes per letter. Early development does not use word separation. Later use incorporated separated words.

This post is part of an ongoing series on bookbinding, miniatures, writing and paper since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

World’s Oldest Torah is in Beautiful Condition

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There is definitely something to be said for making a mistake! In 1889 an Italian librarian looked at the writing on a parchment Torah scroll (the 5 Books of Moses) and decided that it was probably an inferior 17th century copy. He felt that the copyist must have been clumsy and that the letters were uncommon and strange.

Fast forward to the present time (and technology) and we find that the scroll was written between 1155 and 1225! The “uncommon and strange” letters were based on the Babylonian tradition of writing Hebrew rather than the Palestinian style with which our librarian was familiar. The benefit? The scroll is in perfect condition because it was mis-catalogued, and the world has the oldest existing complete Torah.

Read more about this wonderful find on National Geographic’s website:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/05/130530-worlds-oldest-torah-scroll-bible-bologna-carbon-dating/

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