[tc-list] Re: CODEX VATICANVS B (Facsimile e Prolegomena)
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From: Bruce Prior <n7rr@...>
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Sent: Monday, April 10, 2000 7:01 PM
Subject: [tc-list] CODEX VATICANVS B (Facsimile e Prolegomena)
> Italian craftsmanship is alive and well. Number 021 of the limited
> of 450 copies of BIBLIORVM SACRORVM GRAECORVM CODEX VATICANVS B (Facsimile
> Prolegomena) arrived today from Italy by DHL courier. Everything about
> instant rare work spells deluxe.
> It came in a wooden crate weighing 16 kilograms. The two volumes and
> clear-plastic case alone are quite heavy. The thick full-color individual
> paper pages of the codex are shaped like the original with rough edges and
> no blank margins. Even blank pages, cut-off leaves and holes in the
> parchment are mimicked in this edition. The entire codex is reproduced in
> one beautifully-bound volume, including the Old and New Testaments. The
> only modern addition to the codex volume is a two-page authenticity
> certificate with the serial number in the form: 021/450.
> The book works very well mechanically: there is no need to fight to hold
> the pages open to read any text. Since I have not seen the original, it
> difficult for me to judge the resolution of the facsimile, but under a
> magnifying glass it appears to be excellent. Examining the volume briefly
> today, I have been able to detect only two minor flaws: First, the edge
> cutting of the leaves sometimes does not perfectly match the colored edge
> the original, so tiny spots of white paper are visible in some corners.
> Second, there is sometimes a remnant shadow of text from the opposite side
> of a leaf which is not perfectly registered with the bleed-through text on
> the facsimile. The text of this codex is generally so legible that I
> that this insignificant flaw will cause any deciphering problems.
> The Prolegomena volume includes the imprimatur by Joannes Paulus II, a
> subtle watermark portrait of the Holy Father, three essays, a
> column-by-column index of the codex by verse numbers, and a certification
> page with serial number. The index is very helpful, because the pages of
> the codex volume are not adorned with any modern notation.
> The untranslated essays in the Prolegomena volume are: NOTICE
> PALEOGRAPHIQUE ET CODICOLOGIQUE by Paul Canart, LE TEXT DE L'ANCIEN
> TESTAMENT by Pierre-Maurice Bogaert, O.S.B., and THE TEXT OF THE NEW
> TESTAMENT by Stephen Pisano SJ .
> North American distribution of this work is being handled by Dr. Philip B.
> Payne, President of Linguist's Software, Inc., P.O. Box 580, Edmonds, WA
> 98026. His telephone number is 425-775-1130. His e-mail address is:
> phil@... .
> For distribution outside of North America, contact Casalini Libri SPA, Via
> Faentina 169/15, 50014 Caldine Fiesole, Italy. Telephone: (+39-055)
> Website: http://www.casalini.it English-language e-mail contact: Colleen
> Campbell: ccampbell@... .
> J. Bruce Prior, PhD
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