Binding model of Nag Hammadi Codex VI.
Gift of Julia Miller.
The Western codex form is first found in the Coptic books of Eastern Christianity. The most notable of these consist of a group of 13 papyrus codices discovered in 1945 near the village of Nag Hammadi in Egypt. The book shown here is a replica of Nag Hammadi Codex VI. The original, a single-quire papyrus manuscript bound in a limp leather flap binding, contains Coptic translations of early Christian and Gnostic texts, as well as a Gnostic treatment of Plato’s Republic, copied out between 350 and 400 CE.
From the collection of Rare Book School