The earliest codices

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'The earliest codices . . . apparently date from the early part of the Christian era (about the second century), and it has been speculated that the codex form might have been first adopted when the Christian Bible began to be copied on papyrus and circulated in book as opposed to roll form to distinguish it from the scrolled texts of Judaism and paganism.'

'Hentry Petroski, The Book on the Book Shelf, 1999.

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