A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology: 1450 to 2000 by Peter Beal

By Peter Beal

This can be the 1st Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology ever to be released. facing the topic of documentation--which impacts everyone's lives (from every-day letters, notes, and purchasing lists, to far-reaching criminal tools, if now not autograph literary masterpieces) Peter Beal defines, in a full of life and available variety, a few 1,500 phrases when it comes to manuscripts and their productio and use in Britain from 1450 to the current day. The entries, which diversity in size from one line to almost 100 strains each one, disguise phrases defining varieties of manuscript, their actual positive factors and fabrics, writing implements, writing surfaces, scribes and different writing brokers, scripts, postal marking, and seals, in addition to topics in relation to literature, bibliography, information, palaeography, the modifying and printing of manuscripts, relationship, conservation, and such fields as cartography, trade, heraldry, legislations, and armed forces and naval issues. The e-book contains ninety six illustrations exhibiting a number of the good points defined.

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Written forms of it vary so widely that it is often the single feature most useful to examine Wrst when looking for writers’ handwriting idiosyncrasies, or when comparing two examples of writing to check whether they are in the same hand. analecta Described in 1623 as ‘crumbs which fall from the table’, analecta (in the Latin form of the word) or analects are literary gleanings: hence, a collection of scraps or extracts from various writings. The term analecta was also, however, used by the Yorkshire antiquary Charles Fairfax (1597–1673) to describe his large, elaborate, and illustrated manuscript compilation of family history called Analecta Fairfaxiana (now in the Brotherton Collection, University of Leeds, MSS Yks 1–3: see Illus.

Blotting paper A type of bibulous unsized paper used to absorb superXuous ink on freshly written documents, blotting paper has been in use since at least the Wfteenth century. It was an alternative to early methods of absorbing ink such as sand or pounce shaken from pounce pots, which gradually became obsolete. Blotting paper, of various colours and sometimes bearing printed pictorial images or advertisements, was being developed and manufactured on a large scale by the mid-nineteenth century. boards The term ‘boards’ is commonly used to denote the stiV card or panels at the front and back (but not the spine) of a hard-bound book, including their covering, although, technically, boards are the base for these sides and exclude the covering material.

The term is perhaps most commonly used to denote a document in which is set out the details of a debt, charge, or obligation to pay money (see Illus. 10). In a legal context, a bill is commonly a petition or complaint. 34 Some particular types of bill are: Bill of complaint: a formal, written petition or declaration to a monarch, lord chancellor, or other civil, legal or ecclesiastical authority—most commonly to a bill court (such as Chancery, Star Chamber, or the equity side of Exchequer)—in which a person (the plaintiV ) makes a complaint against someone (the defendant) for an alleged wrong or injury and requests justice or redress, thereby initiating a lawsuit.

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