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Inks: their Composition and Manufacture

Nature volume 71, pages 269270 (19 January 1905) | Download Citation



LITERA scripta manet; but the permanence of the writing depends upon the quality of the ink. Certain papyri of ancient Egypt, now deposited in the British Museum, contain the earliest ink-written records so far brought to light. A roll dating from 2500 B.C. still bears decipherable characters, and fragments of papyri have been found by Prof. Flinders Petrie in a tomb to which the date 3500 B.C. is ascribed. If the origin of the use of ink is lost in antiquity, at least one thing is certain—the writing-fluid used by the ancient scribes for such records as the foregoing must have possessed in a high degree the property of durability.

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