"The oldest Bible in the world is kept in Leipzig like a treasure. It is so valuable that nobody can see the parchment"
The Digital Revolution in Scholarly Editing
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Published in Ars Edendi Lecture Series Volume 4, 2016 p. 182
Ars Edendi Lecture Series Volume 4, 2016 p. 182
STUDIA LATINA STOCKHOLMIENSIA Volume IV
Background:In twenty-five years up to 8 July 2009 the British Library allowed only four scholars to inspect the 347 leaves of the great 4th-century Codex Sinaiticus in their possession.5
5- Personal communication, Scott McKendrick, British Library ...
Full quote:Peter Robinson
University of Saskatoon
Dip. Ed., (Monash), M.A. & Ph.D. (Oxford) Professor
ITSEE, University of Birmingham - Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing
Co-founder and former Director of the Institute
In the 2015 New Perspectives book, Peter Robinson wrote:
20 The Making of the Codex Sinaiticus Electronic Book - p. 261
It used to be that you needed special permission to see a whole manuscript online, or deep pockets to pay for a facsimile or commission a set of photographs. In twenty-five years up to 8 July 2009 the British Library allowed only four scholars to inspect the 347 leaves of the great 4th-century Codex Sinaiticus in their possession.5 On that day, images of the whole manuscript went online and were seen by over a million people in the next few months. Surely, this is a revolution, and a very fast one.
... the Codex Sinaiticus website: within the first four months of the sites launeh, over 1.25 million people visited it.