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Re: Early Paper Books?

The second century Christian Church was based mainly around the
Mediteranean basin.  Was paper more available there than in Western Europe?
 (What most people think of as being Europe is actually Western Europe....)
 Could this have meant a cheaper grade of papyrus?

At 03:21 PM 1/29/98 -0600, you wrote:
>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?

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