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the guards being large pieces of a broken-op plaque (see Plate IV, fig. 1). In almost perfect preservation. Paper, varieties IIIb and IIIc mixed.
Text printed in the three columns on each page ; each column consisting of nine impressions of the formula, which accordingly is repeated 27 times on every page, or 3,726 times in the whole book (i.e., 27x 138 printed pages). The columns run parallel with the longer side of the book, and stand regularly upright and reversed on alternate pages; that is, upright on pages 4, 6, 8, etc., and reversed on pages 5, 7, 9, etc. The pages 4, 6, 8, etc., of course, are left-hand pages; and when the book is turned right round, in order to bring the reversed formulas into the upright position to read them, the pages 5, 7, 9, etc. now become left-hand pages. It follows, therefore, that on reading this book, all the left-hand pages must be read first, and afterwards all the right-hand pages,—which latter pages, of course, on turning the book round to read them, also become left-hand pages. Accordingly whichever way the book is placed for the purpose of reading, it is always the left-hand pages that must be read.
This book is distinguished from all others, in having a finely executed sketch of a head on the fourth page of the 15th form ; see Plate XVII. The sketch is placed horizontally across the page, so that the bottom of it is turned towards the inner margin of the page. From the fact that the columns of the print curve round the sketch, it is clear that, it was drawn on the page, before the latter was printed on. The head seems to me to show Arian features, and is sketched with much artistic skill.
No. II. Book. Belongs to M. 7. Found at Aq Talā Tūz. Size, 152 x111". Number of forms, 17. Bound with three twists of paper. Well preserved; a few slight burns and stains. Paper, variety II1b. Printing not quite distinct. It commences, as usual on the 4th page, but ends on the penultimate page (i.e., on the 3rd page of the last form).
Text printed in three columps on each page; each column consisting, as a rule, of six impressions of the formula, which accordingly is repeated 18 times on every page. On two pages there are 62 impressions, and on one page only 5. The columns stand regularly upright and reversed on alternate pages; that is, upright on the right-hand pages 5, 7, 9, etc., and reversed on the left-hand pages 4, 6, 8, etc. Accordingly this book must be read differently from book No. I; that is, in whichever way it is placed for reading, its right-hand pages must be read. There are only five pages which do not conform to the regular order; these are p. 4 of form 3; pp. 1 and 4 of form 10, and p. 2 of form 15; and these, clearly, are mere lapses of the printer.
No. III. Book. Belongs to M. 6. Purchased from Badruddin. Size, 223 × 13". Number of forms, 19; all (with the exception of forms 7 and 8) cut through at the back, into separate leaves. Very well preserved; only very few and very slight burns and stains. Paper, variety II16. Riveted with four copper pegs.
Text printed in three columns on each page; each column consisting of eight impressions of the formula, which, accordingly, is repeated 24 times' on every page, or 1,680 times in the whole book (i.e., 24 x 70 printed pages). The columns run parallel with the longer side of the book, and stand regularly upright and reversed on alternate pages; exactly as in No. II; that is to say, whichever way the book is placed, the right-hand pages must be read. There are only four exceptional pages, due to blundering of the printer; viz., pp. 2 and 3 of form 6; p. 4 of form 9, and p. 1 of form 19.
No. IV. Book. Belongs to M. 7. Found at Aq Talā Tūz. Size, 100 x 7". Number of forms, 30. Bound with three twists of paper. Paper, variety IIIb. Extensively marked with water and fat stains; no burns. Print rather difficult to read, owing to the stains and defective inking. Final blank leaf lost.
Text printed, as a rule, in three columns on each page; each column consisting of two impressions of the formula, which, accordingly is printed six times on every page. The columns run parallel to the narrower side of the book, but do not stand upright and reversed on alternate pages, but keep the same direction on every page, that is, on the left-hand pages the head of the columns is turned outside, and
on the right-hand pages, inside, as shown in the diagram left right
on the margin. Hence in reading the book, it does
and 4 of forms 6, 10, 18. On these pages the text is p. 6 p. 7
printed in two columns, running parallel to the longer side of the book, and each column contains four impressions of the formula, which, accordingly, is repeated eight times on each of these pages.
No. V. Book.
abc abc abc
abc abc abc ва с
abc abc abc
IIIc. Fairly clean; a few fatty stains and small burns; the two outside leaves torn to shreds. Print almost illegible, owing to defective printing
Text printed exactly as in book No. IV, save that the exceptional arrangement of the text in two columns never occurs.
No. VI. BOOK. Belongs to M. 7. Found at Aq Talā Tūz. Size, 8 x 5". Number of forms, 26; but the first form is in shreds, and the last form is misplaced through a blunder of the binder, standing fifth in the present series. Riveted with three copper pegs. Many large fatty stains and a few burns. Paper, variety IIIb. Print almost illegible, owing to defective inking.
Text printed in 2 columns on each page; each column consisting of two impressions of the formula, of which, accordingly, four complete and two half-impressions stand on every page.
The columns run parallel to the narrower side of the book, and are arranged exactly as in Book No. IV. Here, too, as in No, IV, there are a few exceptional Form 1).
pages on which the imprints take reversed positions. An (margin). example, which shows also another misprinted anomaly, p. 2. p. 3. is given on the margin from form 11.
It may be noted that there is a slight blank margin at the top of the pages (as indicated in the diagram), while at the bottom the print runs to the very edge. This shows the modus operandi of the printer, who com
menced printing at the top of the page, though (as shown
a & by the inner column on page 3 of the diagram) not (no margin.) always with the initial edge of the block. But when he came to printing the half-impression on that inner column, he turned the block round, apparently with the object of getting the initial portion of the formula on to the page. It seems that, as long as the whole of the formula could be accommodated on the page, the printer did not care, in what position he placed the impression of it; but when he could only accommodate a portion of it, he was careful in printing its initial portion. This seems to be a reasonable explanation of the anomaly, and it points to what apparently must be taken to be the beginning of the formula.
No. VII. Book. (Plate XII.) Belongs to M. 6. Purchased from Badruddin. Size, 113 x 8.1". Number of forms, 12; all cut through at the back into separate leaves. Exceptional in being bound with only two twists of paper, and in commencing its printing on the second, and stopping it on the ante
a b c
abc abc ab
penultimate page. Paper, apparently variety IIIb. Rather rotten; several leaves mutilated ; very much damaged by extensive fatty stains and burns. Printing rather illegible on many pages; two of them (pp. 10 and 11) being altogether blank, owing to the print on the reverses (pp. 9 and 12) showing through.
Contains its own proper formula, as well as that of the Fifth Set. The latter, however, is only found on pages 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 21, 29, 32, 37, 40 and 45; and on these pages it is found in addition to the proper formula of the Fourth Set. When so found, it always occupies the outer side of the page, except on p. 14, where it stands on the inner side; see, below, marginal diagram II. On page 13, it should also have been found, but (apparently by an oversight) the space has been left blank. Text printed in three columns on each page; each column consisting
of three impressions of the formula; that is, either I.
thrice the proper formula of the Fourth Set; or
p. 3. twice that formula and once the formula of the (broad margin). Fifth Set. As the latter formula is longer than
that of the Fourth Set, and hence occupies more space, it is only found 21 times on a page; and on these pages, the lower portions of the columns overlap one another. This will be understood from the diagram I shown in the margin, in which abc, and 12 34 denote the formulas of the
Fourth and Fifth Sets respectively. Here, also, the (no margiu).
same modus operandi of the printer, may be noticed, as in No. VI. He commenced at the top of the page (as shown in the II.
marginal diagrams) where there is a broad blank p. 15.
margin, while at the bottom the print runs right
up to the edge of the pages with the half-impression (broad margin).
of the formula of the Fifth Set. This circumstance would seem to serve as an indication of the beginning of the latter formula; though this conclusion is not quite borne out by diagram II, which shows the exceptional page 14, above referred to. This diagram would rather seem to show that the beginning of the formula of the Fifth Set lies
at its other extremity ; but then both pages, espe(no margin).
cially page 15, show an anomaly in the relative position of the two formulas.
It will further be seen from the above two diagrams that the columns run parallel to the narrower side of the book, and are arranged in a
J. 1. 16
abc abc abc a to abc abc abc
a b c
abc abc a b c
a b c a b c a b c
4321 43 21 43
different position from that in books Nos. IV to VI. There the heads of the columns are turned in the same direction on consecutive pages (see diagram in No. IV), while here the heads are always turned in opposite directions, against one another, that is, they are always turned reversely on alternate pages.
No. VIII. Book. Belongs to M. 8. Found at Kiang Tūz. Size, 1478}. Number of forms, 20. Paper, variety IIId. Surface greased, and a few burns. Printing rather indistinct. Riveted with two copper pegs.
Contains besides its own proper text that of the Seventh Set. The latter is found only on one form, the 3rd, where it is printed, on all its four pages, exactly in the same way as the proper formula of the Sixth ist form, p. 14. Set. This formula is printed in two columns on each ჭ abc
page, running, as a rule, parallel to the longer side abc
of the book and consisting each of five or six impres
sions. The columns stand in no particular order, abc
sometimes upright and reversed on the same page, abc
sometimes so on alternate pages, sometimes in the abc same position on consecutive pages. On four pages (viz., on the first and last printed pages, as well as on the 13th and 28th) the columns stand at right-angles to one another, the outer column consisting of only four impressions, as shown in the marginal diagram.
abc abc abc abc
FIFTH Set. (Plates XI and XII.) This Set comprises eight books. Its text is found in two different recensions, a shorter one of three, and a longer of four lines. These I shall denote by Va and Vb respectively. Besides its own proper text, there is also found on one page of book No. VIII the text of the First Set.
The shorter recension Va is found in all the books of this set; also in No. VII of the Fourth Set. The longer recension Vb is only found in No. VIII of this set, where it occurs togetber with recension Va. The two recensions only differ from each other by Vb adding a fourth line to the three lines of Va.
Two distinct blocks have been used for printing the two recensions. This is shown by their enclosing lines which may be seen on the facsimiles. The block of Va measured 4;xl; inches; that of Vb measured 4x13 inches.
There is nothing to show which is top and bottom, or right and left, or beginning and end of the two formulas. From the way in wbich