The 1910 "Specimina Codicum Graecorum Vaticanorum" by Cavalieri/Lietzmann is terrific! What a nice book, crammed with depictions of manuscripts of various sorts which illustrate script-variations and headings and all sorts of interesting things.
It's a lot like Metzger's "Introduction to Palaeography." Really, really nice. Thanks!
Meanwhile, I've encountered a couple of paper-and-ink books: the British Library's "Bible Manuscripts: 1400 Years of Scribes and Scripture," and "Sacred: Books of the Three Faiths - Judaism, Christianity, Islam." There's not much here that is technically useful for NTTC studies, but there are lots of pretty pictures. If you have "Bible Manuscripts" (by Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle), then as far as NT stuff is concerned, you don't need "Sacred." They share several of the same pictures. "Bible Manuscripts" has more about late copies of the Vulgate, and "Sacred" has more about copies of the Quran.
"Sacred" is an exhibit-book; the BL exhibit is described
"Sacred" includes a false claim on p. 74. The author, referring to an Armenian codex, BL Add MS 21932, says, "Like all Armenian manuscripts before the thirteenth century, it omits the so-called 'longer ending' of Mark, or verses 9-20 of chapter 16." It is not true that all Armenian MSS before the thirteenth century omit Mk 16:9-20. How do these people keep making these easily checked mistakes??? (Should I have high expectations? This is from the same British Library that includes, on its website, the following statement: "Several gospels had been written by disciples of Jesus during the centuries following his death, but only four were authorised by the Council of Nicaea in 325 for inclusion in the Christian Bible.")
In "Sacred" there is a nice picture of a page from the Mercian Prayer Book on p. 185; the writing on this page is part of the story of Jesus and Abgar. I'd read about that but hadn't seen it before anywhere.
Also in "Sacred," two pages of BL Add MS 39603, the London Cruciform Lectionary (which is probably going online soon if it is not there already) are shown on p. 200. The description says that this is one of only four known such Gospels-lectionaries. Anybody know what are the other four?
And, in the trivial-details-department, in "Sacred," on p. 209, there's a photo of St. Catherine's monastery. The campanile looks different -- shorter -- than in other pictures I've seen.
It's easy to see "Sacred" on a bookshelf and not know what it's about; the jacket is all black, with nothing but the title on it.
Yours in Christ,
James Snapp, Jr.