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Re: Early Paper Books?
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- Subject: Re: Early Paper Books?
- From: patriot@MIP.NET
- Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 17:13:47 -0200
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At 10:09 AM 1/30/1998 -0700, you wrote:
>I know that by the third century, the codex and _parchment_ had increased
>in usage, thanks to the Roman empire, but that's hardly cheap materials.
>However, paper was invented back in the first century and there was a 600
>year period where the whole range of book-making technologies remained in
>popular use -- papyrus and parchment scrolls, papyrus codices, multi-leaf
>wax tablets, parchment and paper codices -- depending on your geographical
While it's true that it was invented early, it took (according to
PAPERMAKING; THE HISTORY AND TECHNIQUE OF AN ANCIENT CRAFT by Dard Hunter)
almost 1000 years to reach the West, appearing first in Spain.
I'm not up on the latest research, but I think it would be
>plausible that there could have been an early adoption of a paper codex.
Again, no argument, but if so, wouldn't it have to have been in China ?
And I really doubt that there was much of a "christian" influence in China
in the first century.
>This book is an older one, but might help shed some light:
>Roberts, Colin H. and T.C. Skeats. The Birth of the Codex. Oxford: Oxford
>Look forward to hearing more.
David Adams in Maryland