I was doing the paperwork for my newest conservation project and came across a group of pages that were held together with a stitch of thread. Unfortunately I’m not a Latin expert so I can’t translate the title to get any further information, but here it is in case a Latin expert comes across this post Persii Flacci Satyrae Sex.
When I saw it I asked everyone in the workshop whether this was a common characteristic of the collection, but nobody had seen this before. Of course our first thought was to peek inside the pages to see why they were sewn shut, but to our disappointment it was all in Latin with no printed plates to give us a little understanding as to what was going on in the text. Who knows why the pages were stitched together, maybe to censor the text, maybe to mark an interesting section, or maybe it was just an apprentices mistake, we will never know. Either way it’s an interesting bit of history and got us all thinking. If anyone has encountered something like this in their work please share it with us.