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  • Muirghein
    I thought someone had shared this already, but I can t find it so I ll send it along. Apologies if it s a duplicate :-). ... That URL is now:
    Message 1 of 1 , May 24, 2004
      I thought someone had shared this already, but I can't find it so I'll send
      it along. Apologies if it's a duplicate :-).

      >Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 20:08:38 -0800
      >Subject: [mdstaff] Lindisfarne Gospels and other rare literary treasures
      >Turning pages without cracks or tears
      >John Ezard, arts correspondent
      >Wednesday April 21, 2004
      >The Guardian
      >You have been allowed to handle one of the world's oldest and most
      >precious books - and as you turn the pages, you notice with horror
      >that the paper is starting to crinkle under your finger.
      >For such fragile manuscripts, crinkles are but a step away from
      >cracks and tears.
      >This frisson of nightmare has to date been available only to a few
      >privileged scholars permitted to touch the books, but from today can
      >be shared by all the 10 million UK households that are online.
      >The British Library has put 10 of its greatest and rarest literary
      >treasures, from the Lindisfarne Gospels to the world's earliest dated
      >printed book, the Diamond Sutra, on to the internet.
      >Tony Blair yesterday hailed the project, Turning the Pages, as a
      >"magnificent example" of what the internet could achieve.
      >The electronic facsimiles are so realistic that the pages do appear
      >to crinkle as they are turned by mouse clicks. However, the damage is
      >an illusion. Smaller details, almost invisible on the actual
      >manuscripts, like the realistic cat on the opening page of the
      >Lindisfarne Gospel of St Luke, are revealed by a zoom facility.
      >The zoom also shows the glee on the faces of the devils and
      >lascivious women who torment St Anthony in a play ing-card sized
      >painting in the Sforza Hours, a book of hours commissioned by the
      >Duchess of Sforza in the 1490s.
      >The painting, by Giovan Pietro Birago, was once so celebrated that it
      >was insured for more than Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna of the Rocks.
      >Today, Leonardo's notebook of drawings and writing is probably the
      >most valuable item of all the collection.
      >Most of the digitised versions have been readable on terminals for
      >about 100,000 visitors to the library's exhibition galleries in its
      >headquarters near St Pancas station in London. The prime minister,
      >who has visited the galleries' set-up, said in a tribute to the
      >spreading of the page-turning technology to the internet that it
      >"opens access to a broad spectrum of our cultural heritage".
      >Other books on the website are the Luttrell Psalter (1590), the 14th
      >century Hebrew Golden Haggadah from Spain, the Sherborne Missal of
      >around 1400, Sultan Baybars' Koran of 1306, Elizabeth Blackwell's
      >Herbal of 1737-1739, and Andreas Vesalius's Anatomy from the 16th
      >To see Turning the Pages, go to
      >bl.uk/collectionstreasures/digitisation.html/. The site requires a
      >Macromedia Shockwave plug-in, which can easily be downloaded.

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