MSS., if their financial means permit, and if a look at such a codex convinces them that the money asked will be well spent."
Meanwhile so much work had already been done that not only the twelve MSS. to be reproduced had been selected and, in most cases, definite agreements had been made with the owners of them, but also that the first part was quite ready, and its publication could be expected.
For this first part was chosen one of the oldest and best Greek manuscripts of the Old Testament, the codex Sarravianus, pne part of which is preserved at Leyden, another part at Paris and two pages, at St. Petersburg. It seemed appropriate, as Dr. du RieU observed, to begin with this famous Biblical MS., the three' parts of whose original, being spread over three countries could never more be brought together. Now the old original could be reproduced in its entirety in an exact phototype copy.
Already in April 1896 Dr. du Rieu had the great satisfaction of being able to communicate to his colleagues the immediate' appearance of this first part and the plans concerning the following parts, in this circular letter:
REPRODUCTION DES MANUSCRITS GRECS ET LATINS NON-TOURISTES Dr. W. N. DU RIEU
Bibliothécaire de 1'Université k Leyde.
LEIDEN, April 1896.
LEYDE, Avril 1896.
L'année dernière s'était formé le projet d'une Société de Bibliothécaires pour la reproduction photographique, aux frais de la Société, des manuscrits les plus précieux.
Ce pro jet, suggéré par mon aimable collègue le D r.