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Cotton Genesis British Library Codex Cotton Otho B VI Weitzmann Kessler Reconstructive Codicology

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Weitzmann, Kurt and Herbert L. Kessler. The Cotton Genesis British Library Codex Otho B.VI. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986

The definitive study of the reconstruction of the original codex partially destroyed in a fire in 1731. Believed by the authors to have been one of the richest biblical manuscripts in existence. The methodology presented in this text is a model for reconstructive codicology, presented by two pre-eminent art historians.

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Weitzmann, Kurt and Herbert L. Kessler. The Cotton Genesis British Library Codex Otho B. VI. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986. Heavy black cloth with gilt decoration. Dust jacket has a minor tear on the back. 250 text pages. 539 plates. Condition of book is fine. A large book, 14.5 in x 11 in, the definitive study of the reconstruction of the  original codex partially destroyed in a fire in 1731. Believed by the authors to have been one of the richest biblical manuscripts in existence. The methodology presented in this text is a model for reconstructive codicology, presented by two pre-eminent art historians. See Lynne Reno’s review in Art Documentation, Fall 1987, p. 139.

Front cover, black cloth with gilt-stamped reproduction of the printer’s device found on the title-page.

Frontispiece of Robert Cotton and the title page.

“Dream of the Butler,” Genesis 40:5, showing the outlines of the fragments superimposed on the text, presumably from Tischendorf, as a reference is given, Ti., p. 156.

“Giving of a Larger Portion to Benjamin,” Gen. 43:34 Ti.. p. 170, showing placement of text in relation to image, with fragment outline superimposed.

Showing the first of the 37 lacunae, in a sewing diagram, with a legend above indicated which survived the fire.

“Death of Adam,” and “Noah and His Family,” color plates of surviving fragments.

Front panel of dust jacket.

Back panel of dust jacket.