This book is designed as a simple introduction for beginners to a field of classical studies which generally remai little known or misunderstood despite its importance and intrinsic interest.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
In preparing this new edition we have attempted to retain the principal feature of the original, a readable text unencumbered by a heavy apparatus of learning, and at the time to meet the criticism that the absence of notes might make it difficult for readers to pursue any topic of special interest to them.
I. ANCIENT BOOKS
A description of the processes by which classical literature has been transmitted from the ancient world to the present day may conveniently begin with a brief outline of the origin and growth of trade in books.
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The third edition of Scribes and Scholars takes into account the numerous discoveries in this rapidly-advancing field of knowledge by offering substantial revisions and additions. A note on how to interpret the information given in an apparatus criticus is also included.
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In the second edition of this classic work a section of notes was included, and a new chapter was added which dealt with some aspects of scholarship since the Renaissance. For this third edition the authors have responded to the urgent need to take account of the very large number ofdiscoveries in this rapidly advancing field of knowledge by substantially revising or enlarging certain sections.