Monday, October 30, 2006

Crazy: Bodmer mss for sale

See here. Jim West points this out on Wieland Willker's list.


  1. "... the manuscripts would be going to a museum, university or major library in Europe or America where they would still be accessible to researchers."

    Yale will probably get them. One wonders why one of the best collections in the world would have a budget shortfall, whereas a lesser collection would have (lots of) money to spare. Something is not right there.

    Maybe the board of directors needs a new Lear jet.

  2. Sounds like they're planning to sell p75, like a jewel from the center of a crown.

    They could donate it to the Israel Museum.

    OK, more seriously, if the museum needs to sell to stay afloat, then sell the whole collection and raise enough money to provide a research fund. Without knowing the details, it does sound like something is not right there and maybe the collection shouldn't be in their hands at all.

  3. I think we'd probably get more access if they were in "a museum, university or major library in Europe or America". Go for it. The sooner the better.

  4. I wonder how much they'll sell for? Perhaps we could put together a bid

  5. I think that 9 million USD is far too low.