Latin manuscript on vellum. ca.1100.
|As was true of any other text in the period before printing, the Bible could be duplicated only if copied by hand. The text of this twelfth-century Latin Bible is written on smooth vellum in a miniscule hand. Though the script is difficult to read, it had the advantage of compressing many words onto a single page. Typically, wide margins were deliberately left for the later addition of hand-written comments, although in the production of Bibles such generous use of leather was intended to lend a sense of luxury and significance. One can still see where the pages are ruled with lines and pricked with tiny holes to guide the scribe.|
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