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Re: VMs: Colored paints, touch-ups, and the michiton text

Hi everyone,

At 15:49 04/07/2004 -0600, GC wrote:
I don't know for sure, but there may be some information available on at
least part of the VMS travels.  In the upper right corner of f1r, to the
left of the foliated "1", there is some very faint writing, looks like it
starts with "Dig"  or "Big"  I've seen a few manuscripts that have a brief
monastery signature in this location, and the text below, looks like "Me" or
something like it, looks familiar as a monastery signature.  These usually
were just the name of the monastery to which the book belonged.

Hmmm... to my eyes, it also looks a bit like "Pig" and "Me". Perhaps it was written by a short person with a blow-pipe? :-)

I've done my best on this text, but it's really faint and difficult.  It may
be unreadable, but it also may be an extremely important bit of information
that can help answer some questions.  Just a thought.

Does anyone know what date WMV applied chemicals to the signature, and if any of the photographs taken of f1r predated that event?

With modern image enhancement techniques, it's quite possible that we might get more joy working from an early photo than from the sid-file.

Alternatively, there's a good case for asking the Beinecke if it retained (and can allow us access to a handful of) its (uncompressed) 8-bit TIFF scans (FWIW, the file names are embedded in the sidfile meta-data). Perhaps other pages with near-readable marginalia (such the "michiton oladabas" page, etc) might also be good candidates for this request?

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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