Amsterdam, Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, MS 1, vol. ii, f. 202r
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|This blemish is a tear in the
parchment that was present before the text was written since the
writing avoids it. Originally it was sewn up wiht thread, for
which the pricking holes are visible on both sides of the tear.
Repairs of this sort based on sewing were a very common way of ensuring
that a tear in the parchment would not spread and further damage the
page: such defects were not considered sufficiently serious to warrant
discarding the leaf.