Honestly, I need help from the brilliant classics scholars and antiquarian bibliophiles here on the internet. I admit I am stumped. Utterly incapable of trying to decipher the calligraphy and language on this little item….
I found it in a giant bin of other ephemera at a flea market.
Is it really from 1636?
And what was it written on? (Yikes, I hope it’s NOT human skin!)
Most of all, what does it say?
After studying it until my eyes rolled back into my head, I realized I’m out of my depth and must appeal to the great brains and learned scholars here for help.
Here is the first side:
Both of these files are very large, and may appear strangely on the blog post. But I realized that without first scanning the item, I was at a disadvantage, hence, I’ve uploaded the full scans here.
By clicking on them individually, you’ll be able to see the full image, zoom in and out, etc… It helps tremendously to allow the perspective to focus on details you otherwise would not see clearly, especially considering the calligraphy.
Click the link below to see the full article:
So please, if you are a fellow lover of the classical world and of human history, may I impose on your generous skills and ask if you might share with me your thoughts? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Wherever this has been, its message somehow (whether from 1636 or from 1836 or from 1966) traveled an unknown journey to reach, whom?
Surely, we cannot dismiss the possibility of its value just because it ended up in a Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, buried under cut plates from 18th and 19th century books?
Article by Kimberly Cox, Copyright 2012, All Rights Reserved
NEW YORK CITY, Saturday, 30-June-2012