Re: [GTh] Manuscript Notes: Page 32
- At 09:06 PM 2/7/2010, Michael Grondin wrote:
...When the codex is open, an even-numbered page is on the left, an odd-
numbered page on the right, so one would open to pages 32-33, e.g.,
and pages 31-32 would be on opposite sides of the left-hand leaf, pages
33-34 on opposite sides of the other. (The codex wasn't originally
paginated, but the facsimile pagination seems to be well-based.)
Does the codex seem to be a full set of quires (each consisting of 4 folded sheets of vellum or parchment, i.e. 8 leaves, 16 pages) , with the first and last pages intact, or what? I'm thinking of what Crossan talked about as the functioning unit of papyrus that would have been available in the markets where the scribes would have obtained their blank codices. Has this been determined for the NH archive, or were the codex blanks more variable? In other words, how standardized were the blank codices available to the scribes?
Bob in AZ
> In the Middle Ages, ['quire'] had a number of specific meanings, withAs I said earlier, Bob, regardless of this and other definitions deriving
> specific names. In modern times, it refers to 1/20th of a ream, IIRC.
> See the Wikipedia.
from non-ancient binding and publishing processes, James Robinson
didn't use the word that way in his Intro to the Facsimile edition. In his
usage, a quire is an indefinite number of leaves folded together:
"A *codex* is made up of one or more *gatherings", usually referred
to as *quires*. For although this term is derived from *quaterniones*,
which is the designation for gatherings of four sheets (which came
to predominate), it has taken on the broader meaning of gatherings
of any number of *sheets* or *bifolios*." (p.32)