Friday, 12 February 2010

"He wrote it all on envelopes!"

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) used envelopes and the backs of letters as writing materials for his translations of Homer. The original 'manuscripts' are in the British Library as Additional MSS. 4807-4809, so T. C. Skeat informs us in 'Was papyrus regarded as "cheap" or "expensive" in the ancient world', pp. 75-93 in Aegyptus (1995) 75, at p. 85.

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