Re: [GTh] Manuscript Notes: Page 32
- Hi Bob,
I notice that your note includes links to wikipedia articles on 'vellum'
and 'parchment'. Was that your own doing or was it generated
automatically? (Just curious - the sheets are papyrus, BTW.) As to
your questions, they're somewhat beyond me. I can tell you that the
sizes of the codices aren't uniform, and that Codices II and III are the
largest (both 37 sheets, not including endpapers). Further information
can be found on a section of my site that I put up back in '97-98,
titled "Maps of the Nag Hammadi Codices":
> 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)