We have developed an educational page on the History and Development of Writing, highlighting some of the key processes in the development of the written word. It is a great resource for teachers and for private study. Some of the items are available for purchase as reproductions of originals.
Click HERE to check it out!
Check out our specials on Genuine manuscripts at the bottom of the page.....
Roman Papyrus Scroll
A blank papyrus scroll with leather end piece and tie for display or re enactor use. Can be written on.
Size of roll = 300mm (W) x 1900mm (L).
$39.95AUD plus P&H Quote ROMESCROLLLONG2
Scrolls from the Library of Alexandria
We have a small selection of scrolls used in the Library of Alexandria Scene in the movie "Alexander". These scrolls are of various design and aged to look old. The do not have any text.
$199.95AUD plus P&H QUOTEALEXSCROLLS1
Aged Papyrus Scroll.
A reproduction of a rolled scroll made with dark "mud" papyrus to look aged. This scroll has a clay bulla seal impression binding its cord to enclose the scroll. In order to open and read the scroll one would have to break the clay seal to remove the binding. The seal cannot be slid off the end of the scroll as it is attached through the scroll. This method shows evidence of tampering and ensures the contents of the scroll remain private. This reproduction is a display model only. It is 340mm long.
$19.95AUD plus P&H Quote SCROLLMUD1
Roman Scroll Case
A leather scroll case for carrying and storing your scrolls as used in Roman times.
Scrolls not included but may be purchased separately.
$40.00AUD plus P&H
Book of Revelation Scroll
A reproduction of the Scroll of Revelation chapter 5. A papyrus scroll with 7 seals. This scroll has no text and is a display item only. The scrolls each have a seal impression of a Lion.
The scroll is 450mm long.
$34.95AUD plus P&H REVSCROLL7B
Scroll with Three Seals
This is a reproduction of a papyrus scroll found in Egypt dated to around the time of Jeremiah. The papyrus scroll has been rolled and then folded so as to create a secure seal which is then tied and sealed by three witnesses. The seals are applied over part of the knot so that the scroll cannot be tampered with, without breaking the seals. The ties are also entwined within the scroll so that they cannot be easily slipped off the end of the scroll. The seals are all impressed with various seal impressions (not necessarily those in the image).
This items is purely a display model only. There is no text within the papyrus scroll and the seals are as examples only. This item has been buried and excavated to give the look of an ancient scroll...... what a great display and teaching aid!
Scroll made from genuine Egyptian papyrus, with cast seal impressions made from originals from the Old Testament period. The scroll is approximately 125mm (5 inches) long in folded form. Each item will vary slightly from the photo as each is handmade.
$19.95AUD plus P&H Quote PS3S1
Papyrus Folded Scroll and Seal
Another display model. A reproduction of a papyrus scroll found in Egypt wrapped and sealed with a clay bulla and seal impression. The scroll is designed around an original from the late period (Early Ptolemaic). All these scrolls are individually made and each vary slightly in appearance. The seal impression is used as an example only. Designed for educational display purposes. 110mm (4 1/4 inch long).
$14.95AUD plus P&H Quote PS1S2
The Septuagint & The Library of Alexandria
A display pack centered round the origin of the Greek Old Testament known as the Septuagint.
This pack contains the following:
A full size reproduction of a page from the Aleppo Codex written on real parchment.
A magnificent display piece.A good example for teaching on the Masoretic Text.
$89.95AUD plus P&H Quote ALEPCODEX1
Please note: This codex s made on real parchment. Variation on colour and texture will occur from those in these images because of the nature of real parchment.
Papyrus Fouad Reproduction- Septuagint #266
The Papyrus Fouad #266 is a fragment of a series of papyrus scrolls found in the Fayyum in Egypt. It is dated to the first century BC and contains sections of the Greek Old Testament known as the Septuagint (LXX) and is the second oldest LXX in existence
This fragment is important because of the use of the Tetragrammaton or the Divine name which is written in ancient Hebrew among the Greek text. It appears the writer wrote the Greek text first while leaving the space for the Tetragrammaton which was written in later. This section contains some of the most perfect LXX text of Deuteronomy that we have. The text was originally written on scrolls of which we have 117 fragments left.
This is a handmade reproduction on papyrus, and is laminated for ease of handling. The papyrus group is approx 7 x 4 inches.
Available laminated for ease of handling or unlaminated if you intend to frame.
Papyrus P64 Reproduction
In the late 1800s, Charles Huleatt, who studied Egyptology, purchased three small fragments of papyrus that were found in Upper Egypt which he then subsequently bequeathed to Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1901.
The three segments contain the text of Matthew's Gospel in Greek, Chapter 26, verses 23 and 31. There are a total of 24 lines, text on both sides. (This indicates that they were most likely from a Codex rather than a scroll as scrolls were generally written on one side while a codex used both sides not unlike the pages of a modern book).
In 1953, Colin Roberts, a British papyrologist, claimed that these papyrus fragments were probably from the late second century A.D but it would be 40 years later that persistence and newer technology would reveal that these three small fragments are apparently the oldest New Testament manuscripts in existence, contemporaneous with the Apostles themselves and other eye witnesses!
In 1994, Dr. Carsten Peter Thiede, Director of the Institute of Basic Epistemological Research in Paderborn, Germany, used a scanning laser microscope to more carefully examine these fragments, "P.Magdalen Greek 17/P64," as they are formally designated.
A scanning laser microscope can now differentiate between the twenty micrometer (millionth of a meter) layers of papyrus, measuring the height and depth of the ink, and can even determine the angle of the stylus used by the scribe. Dr. Thiede compared the fragments with four other known references: a manuscript from Qumran, dated to 58 A.D.; one from the Herculaneum, dated prior to 79 A.D.; one from Masada, dated between 73-74 A.D.; and one from the Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus, dated 65-66 A.D. He astounded the scholastic world by concluding that the Magdalen fragments were either an original from Matthew's Gospel, or a direct copy, written while Matthew and the other disciples and other eye witnesses were still alive!
This tiny manuscript has been nicknamed ?The Jesus Papyrus?.
(This is a reproduction of the Recto side of the manuscript)
While it must be acknowledged that Thiede has a bit of a sensational flair,7 the evidence which he presents is
reasonable and uses much more advanced technology and should not be so quickly dismissed. Some of Thiede?s critics, including Stanton, hold the belief that the gospels were not verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, but formed through an editorial process by the early church using a hypothetical text of Jesus? sayings they call Q.8 Such critics cannot escape the fact that if they accept a first century date for a surviving gospel manuscript their liberal theories crumble.9 This cannot avoid colouring their appraisal of Thiede?s dating.
$19.95AUD plus P&H Quote P64R1
Available laminated for ease of handling or unlaminated if you intend to frame.
Papyrus P39 ( POXY 1780) Reproduction
A reproduction of a papyrus fragment from the Gospel of John (John 8:14-22) now the second oldest copy of a fragment of Johns Gospel after Bodmer III P75. It is a full height half segment of a page from the gospel written in a large Greek hand, and by the quality of the text obviously by a professional scribe. It comes from what was a paginated codex on papyrus and dates to c200AD. It was found along with the huge cache of papyrii at Oxyrhynchus in Egypt by Grenfell and Hunt and is classified as one of the moist beautiful gospel texts fragments ever found.
This hand made reproduction shows both sides of the single fragment on two separate pieces of papyrus. This reproduction is available laminated only for ease of handling.
235mm(H) x 70mm (W) each fragment. (9 x 2 3/4 inches)
$29.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE PAP P39
Manuscript - Egyptian Parallel to the Ten Plagues
The original was found most likely in the neighborhood of the Pyramids of Saqqara or Memphis in Egypt, it was bought by the Museum of Leiden in the Netherlands in 1822. The original Papyrus is written on both sides, the story of Ipuwer is written on the front while a song to one of the gods is written on the back. The text is Hieratic, the writing of the scribes that developed from the Hieroglyphic text. It is made up of 17 pages many pages being damaged to some extent but the predominant part of the text is translatable.
It tells of a horrific national disaster in which chaos rules the land. There was violence and death and many unusual phenomena.
It is thought to be the writings of a sage who directs his complaints against a ruler who has neglected to take action and secure his people.
Both the Ipuwer Papyrus and the Biblical book of Exodus describe a frantic search for water, the loss of fish and plagues of cattle, destruction of crops and vegetation, fire from the sky, darkness, the escape of slaves and death is everywhere. There are too many similarities among the two texts to discount them as coincidental, leading renown historian Immanuel Velikovsky to write his interpretation of the events amongst the greater history of Israel and Egypt.
This reproduction is based on the Ipuwer story, and is of one page only. It is written on papyrus from Egypt that has been aged to resemble the original. The papyrus is 260 x 150mm (10 x 6 inches). The papyrus is supplied laminated unless otherwise requested.
$29.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE IPUW1
Nag Hammadi Codex reproduction
It has many features that exist in the earliest book bindings we have available, namely the Nag Hammadi Codices, and give us a fairly conclusive look into how writings such as the letters of Paul and maybe those of the disciples would have appeared in format as they were circulated across the Christian world of the time.
This reproduction has the following features used in the original:
· Full leather bindings and ties
· Old papyrus manuscripts used for stiffening in the covers.
(These papyrus stiffeners have been intentionally exposed as if the leather cover pieces had been torn away)
· One full quire of text
(This example is based loosely on the Gospel of Thomas - but note the heading of the Gospel of Thomas is in fact at the end of the text, called a ?colophon?, not the start as in modern texts - the lead heading is from the Apocryphon of John which was the previous text that was subsequently removed in an imaginary sense in this reproduction).
· The cover is bound with a wrap band as well as ties on top and bottom. These codices were used for sending as personal letters to churches and groups and were distributed either by personal messengers or with merchants and were tied so as to form a secure binding not unlike an envelope. Each of the thirteen codices found at Nag Hammadi have slightly different characteristics in their bindings.
· The text is Coptic much of which in this reproduction is handwritten.
· The papyrus pages and covers have been ?aged? to resemble these ancient documents
$139.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE NAGHAM1
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A REPRODUCTION IN THE CHARACTER OF THE ORIGINAL CODICES AND IS NOT AN EXACT COPY.
Note: These manuscripts are made to order. Please allow 4 weeks for us to make one for you.
This is a reproduction based on the Nag Hammadi Codices created to give a glimpse into how one of the original Gospel codices MAY have looked like.
It contains one quire of ten leaves, 20 pages based on an original but NOT a direct facsimile of it.
It has old papyrus manuscripts inside the bindings as stiffeners that are exposed to show how bookbinding was most likely performed in the late 1st or early second century. The pages are all papyrus and the covers are leather. The codex is made to look ancient and will arrive heavily weathered to look as if it has been stored in a jar for 2000 years.
This is designed as a display teaching tool.
$129.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE GOSPELCODEX1
Gutenberg Bible Page
A facsimile of a Gutenberg Bible page, the original printed and illuminated on parchment.
390 x 285mm printed on quality heavy card. Ready for framing. Johns Gospel.
$9.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE GUTENBERG1
Martin Luther's New Testament 1529
A facsimile page of Martins Luther's Bible - New Testament with woodcut block initial.
145 x 100m.
$7.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE LUTHER1
An original Ethiopian manuscript comprising two quires (plus 1 page) 19 leaves 38 pages on parchment.
This manuscript is written in the Ethiopian Ge'ez text being a liturgical text. The manuscript was originally part of a whole codex but now separated. It has two quires and some binding materials. Numerous page holes and ageing from many years of use. Two Haraq headings. 200 x 135 x 12mm.
This would be an ideal educational tool to show students how writing developed and the use of parchment manuscripts. See also image below.
$99.95AUD plus P&H Quote ETHIOPIAN2QUIRE1
The Geneva Bible
The Geneva Bible was first printed in 1560. It became a Bible of innovations. It had woodcut maps, an author's argument at the beginning of each book, 26 woodcuts scattered throughout the Bible, memory devices at the top of each page, an Apocrypha attached at the end of the Old Testament, various tables, extensive notes and cross references, it was printed in small quarto size 9.5 x 6.5 inches in Roman type, with italics for words that were not in the Greek text and numbered verses and paragraphs. Pre Geneva Bibles did not have verse divisions. The Geneva Bible was what we might call the first "study Bible" a real innovation and a powerful tool for serious Bible study at a time when so much persecution was taking place.
We have available a number of original folio size pages from the Geneva Bible 1580 and 1599 "Breeches" versions.
Contact us for available pages.
These pages are 400+ years old.
Geneva Bible pages $14.95 AUD plus P&H
SPECIAL $12.95AUD PLUS P&H
King James Bible Pages
A series of pages available from the King James Bible 1613 and 1629 editions. Last year we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and here is an early version to add to your collection.
$16.95AUD plus P&H
We have various pages. Contact us for details.
SPECIAL $14.95AUD PLUS P&H
Coptic Manuscript - Egypt-18th century
An eighteenth century handwritten Coptic Christian page, most likely a prayer book written on heavy hand-laid paper in Coptic text and Arabic Coptic.
The text contains Psalis and Doxologies of the Coptic Church. The Psalis are hymns sung in the Coptic Church while the Doxology, again being a hymn is more a glorifying set.
The page has ornate capitalization in the Coptic text with rubrication in the Arabic.
$36.95AUD plus P&H Quote COPTIC1460
An Arabic Logic & Linguistic Manuscript. It is a handwritten manuscript dated to 1204AH (1789AD). This is an interesting Arabic linguistic manuscript dealing in logic and philosophy written in a Dagestan style of Arabic calligraphy. It has numerous comments written both in the margins and amongst the text. An interesting example of historic writing styles.
$34.95AUD plus P&H
Ornate Scribe's Pencase/Inkwell Qalamadan
This is a very ornate, engraved Divit/Qalamadam from Istanbul - Ottoman.
Ornate leaf design down both sides and on inkwell.
The manuscript is not for sale but for display purposes only.
A great collectable or display item.
$99.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE DIVIT/3