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Re: The Black Art (Slightly off topic)

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  • Anthony Archer
    Steve Robison wrote- Prior to the invention of movable metal type, books were scribed (calligraphied) by hand, one at a time. This was usually accomplished in
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 23, 2008
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      Steve Robison wrote-

      "Prior to the invention of movable metal type, books
      were scribed (calligraphied) by hand, one at a time.
      This was usually accomplished in church monasteries
      by a few scholarly monks over long periods, sometimes
      years, for just one copy.........."

      A fun little story goes along with this-

      A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to
      help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand.
      He notices, however, that they are copying from copies,
      not the original manuscripts. So, the new monk goes to
      the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that
      if there were an error in the first copy, that error
      would be continued in all of the other copies.

      The head monk says, "We have been copying from the copies
      for centuries, but you make a good point, my son." So, he
      goes down into the cellar with one of the copies to check
      it against the original. Hours go by and nobody sees him.
      So, one of the monks goes downstairs to look for him. He
      hears sobbing coming from the back of the cellar, and finds
      the old monk leaning over one of the original books crying.

      He asks the old monk what's wrong, and in a choked voice
      comes the reply..."The word is 'celebrate.'"
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