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If a manuscript is missing, there remains the hope that it was misplaced in an archive, waiting to be discovered. But with lost works — such as the novel Malcolm Lowry spent nine years working on, which went up in flames when his cabin burned to the ground — no hope is still possible. Did it answer an unanswerable question? Did it achieve perfection?
'I really want to find it before I die': why are we so fascinated by lost books?
Was it a work of art, that we are lesser beings for having lost? Like Van Straten, I am fascinated by these book-shaped holes in the intellectual firmament. When I was a student, my greatest fantasy was that I would some day find a book or manuscript previously thought lost, or solve a historical mystery.
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In his essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction , he posited that it is the ubiquity of mass-produced printed objects that causes us to lose our sense of awe when we hold a paperback in our hands. Is a book less special because we can all own a copy? One person who has experienced the frisson of excitement that comes from having contact with unique texts is Christopher de Hamel, whose Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts presents a treasure house of manuscripts that he has been able to study. The illustrations from the Book of Kells and the book of hours of Jeanne de Navarre — among others — are breathtaking, and de Hamel presents both the stories behind the manuscripts, but also his own reactions to them.
Why does a manuscript hold more value to us than a published, finished product?
But that personal thrill of touching and turning the pages of the original is incomparable. We all want to touch hands with history. The 12th-century Winchester Bible, perhaps the greatest English medieval work of art, had a number of miniatures cut out, possibly as recently as the 20th century: some, at least, probably do exist. I really, really want to find one before I die. The space for that knowledge is not empty — it is a void. Facebook Twitter Pinterest.
10 Tales of Manuscript Burning (And Some That Survived)
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