An Artifact from Xerox-land

[Image Source: The Linotype Line (ca. 1960)] In Bibliographical Analysis: A Historical Introduction (2009), the great textual critic Thomas Tanselle observes that “books of the past two centuries are particularly resistant to the analysis of the underlying manufacturing procedures because the paper and type to seem to offer few usable clues.” Paper and type quality/style, as Tanselle observes in earlier chapters, represent the most revealing features of books printed in earlier periods due to their particularities, their irregularities. Machine-made paper (which lack, Tanselle laments, tell-tale chain-lines) and the rise of…

(Vo)Codex to Co(in)dex

The images above display the verso and recto leaves of a “Royal Bible” (British Library, Royal MS 1 E VI,), so called due to its residence in the Royal Library of the Stuart and Hanoverian monarchs. Its exact dates of composition and compilation are uncertain, though scholars date their latest estimates to the early eleventh century. These pages record Jesus’s death and, in the enlarged view of the recto page on the right, Mary Magdalene & “the other” Mary’s visit to the tomb late in Matthew’s Gospel–passages that, since the…