Excerpt from Giraldi Cambrensis Opera, Vol. 2: Gemma Ecclesiastica
That book, hitherto reserved for the exclusive perusal of popes and archbishops, is now submitted to the reader. It has never been printed before, and no other ms. Of it is known to exist except the one, now i... n the possession of his Grace the archbishop of Canterbury, to whose liberality and condescension I am indebted for the loan of it. Whether this be the very volume that was presented by Giraldus to pope Innocent III, or whether the papal copy still remains among the un sunned treasures of the Vatican, I can not undertake to determine. The Lambeth copy is worthy of pre sentation to pope or cardinal. It is a noble ms, very carefully written in double columns in a hand of the thirteenth century; the ink is still as glossy as a raven's down, and the vellum as rich as consular ivory. Strangely, too, some leaves in the middle are stained and shrivelled with sea water. But all theory on this subject I must leave to others. It is enough that a genuine ms. Of the work is still preserved at Lambeth, whatever may have been the fate of that which Innocent once kept at his bed's head.
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