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Early Paper Books?
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Early Paper Books?
- From: Sally Jackson <serifm@FASTLANE.NET>
- Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 15:21:37 -0600
- Message-Id: <199801292121.NAA21406@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
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Dear Bright Friends,
I am very puzzled by something I ran across today. I was reading "Book
Illumination in the Middle Ages" by Otto Pacht, and on page 14 he says:
It has recently been further established that the Christian community
actively favoured codices in paper at an early date, certainly by the
second century; in other words, there was a change towards the codex but
to one made with cheap writing material.
Further, on page 18:
Early Christian codices, made of paper. . .
All the information I have been able to find elsewhere says that
paper was introduced into Europe in the 12th or 13th century. Pacht
makes a very clear distinction between paper and papyrus, so I don't
think it possible that he's referring to papyrus in these quotes. Can
anyone shed more light on this?