Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Ancient documents

The BBC News website has a report on some ancient documents which have been entirely digitised and are now available online. These are from the Parker Library, which was made by Matthew Parker, former Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and Archbishop of Canterbury in the 16th century and who donated it to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, on his death in the 1570's.

The Beeb has a slideshow of some highlights which I commend to you, but one of the things that appealed to me was this one:
It's from the Bury Bible and is beautifully illustrated, but also shows a certain amount of what is known in the antiques trade as distress.

In the second picture, which is just a zoom in on the first, you can see where someone has obviously laid a piece of paper on top of the illustration and written something out.

The word food is quite clear, but I can't read the rest.

We all do this, from time to time, and curse when we realise, but it's revealing to see it on a priceless manuscript like this.

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