Re: Codex Vaticanus Cut-away
- --- In email@example.com, George Young
>While talking through my hat, I surmised that the numbers (modern
> Mr. Scrivener:
> Thank you very much for your comments on the passage.
> Do you know the date of the black vatican stamp? When
> was it placed on the passage? Moreover, do you know
> when the pagination was added to Vaticanus?
> Webber Young.
arabic numerals in apparent pencil) must have been placed there after
the publication of Erasmus' Received text, that is in the 'modern'
era, probably at the beginning (naive period: 1400-2005)of textual-
critical studies, such as the time of Bengel or Bentley.
If we presume (again using the hat as a kind of trumpet-mute) the
Vatican stamp is supposed to document or date known injuries or
damage to the manuscript (i.e., it is some kind of inspection mark),
then we could assume it was done after the piece was lost (from the
overlap onto the next page).
This appears to have been a simple method of verifying already
existing damage, for the purposes of preventing those given
permission to examine the manuscript from being burnt at the stake by
mistake. (of course I haven't read the details in Foxe's Martyrs, so
I could be exaggerating the danger to early textual critics here.)
musing, and mildly amused,