A 'Codex' ~ The word codex is derived from the Latin meaning, “block of wood,” because a codex is compact and sturdy like a block of wood. The codex evolved from the scroll. Random access is feature of a codex that a scroll does not have. Random access is when a certain section of a document can be located without having to reach it sequentially.
Written about 1500 B.C.E., the Mosaic Law (found in the first five books of the Bible) contained sound laws regarding quarantining of the sick, treatment of dead bodies, and disposal of waste.— (Leviticus 13:1-5; Numbers 19:1-13; Deuteronomy 23:13,14) (Silver-bound-Pentateuch, Germany, 1770 in Hebrew: ''Five Books of Moses'')
Ca. 1777. 6.5" x 4". With decorative manuscript prize leaf inserted at front and dated 1777. Leather over wooden boards with silver corners and large, elaborate floral clasps (front and rear). Rubbing to extremities, all intact. Gilt edges rubbed, and general patina to clasps and corners. Contains "Vollstandiges Gesangbuch aus den besten Liedersammlungen," Lindau, 1769.