Vaticanus' Background: A Possible Lead
- When recently trying to find online exhibits of NT MSS (such as the
cleverly designed "Byzantium: Faith and Power" exhibit that was at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art), I happened to find a description of
Giovanni Tortelli's "De orthographia." Apparently this is something
written in honor of Nicholas V, congratulating him upon the founding of
the Vatican Library.
Has anybody read this Latin text? Perhaps Tortelli happens to mention
where the Vatican Library acquired its manuscripts; maybe something is
said about Cardinal Bessarion; maybe some by-the-way note identifies
where notable manuscripts were obtained. Even if the chances are only,
say, 1 in 200, it could be worthwhile to sift through "De orthographia."
Yours in Christ,
James Snapp, Jr.