What is manuscript?

  • (noun): The form of a literary work submitted for publication.
    Synonyms: ms
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A manuscript or handwriten is written information that has been manually created by one or more people, such as a hand-written letter, as opposed to being printed or reproduced some other way. The term may also be used for information that is hand-recorded in other ways than writing, for example inscriptions that are chiseled upon a hard material or scratched (the original meaning of graffiti) as with a knife point in plaster or with a stylus on a waxed tablet (the way Romans made notes), or are in cuneiform writing, impressed with a pointed stylus in a flat tablet of unbaked clay. The word manuscript derives from the Medieval Latin manuscriptum, a word first recorded in 1594 as a Latinisation of earlier Germanic words used in the Middle Ages: compare Middle High German hantschrift (c. 1450), Old Norse handrit (bef. 1300), Old English handgewrit (bef. 1150), all meaning "manuscript", literally, "handwritten".

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Major US Repositories of Medieval Manuscripts
... Museum = 1,300 (including papyri) Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale = 1,100 Walters Art Museum = 1,000 Houghton Library, Harvard = 850 Huntington Library = 400 Newberry Library ...
Parville Manuscript
... The Parville manuscript is a manuscript currently in possession of the UC Berkeley Music Library (catalogue number MS-778 full number US-BEM 778) ... Along with the Bauyn manuscript, it is one of the most important sources for French harpsichord music of the 17th century ... The manuscript was created at around 1670 and discovered in Italy in 1968 ...
... Hastividyārnava of Sukumar Barkaith is one of the best known illustrated manuscripts of Assam ... Content of the Manuscript The treatise itself was written for a ruling monarch, and almost entirely from the view of sustaining monarchy – which elephants are suitable for the kingdom, how they should be trained for ... Artists The two artists Dilbar and Dosai who painted the manuscript were probably not very familiar with the landscape of Assam and hence the quality of the landscapes are not of a very high standard ...
Winchester Bible
... The Winchester Bible is a Romanesque illuminated manuscript produced in Winchester between 1160 and 1175 ... West moved from the Gospel Book to the Psalter and the Bible, and the Winchester manuscript is one of the most lavish ... size of the pages, each bifolium required an entire skin it is estimated that the manuscript incorporated the hides of some 250 calves ...
Music Of The Trecento - Music Sources
... Most of the manuscript sources of Trecento music are from late in the fourteenth or early in the 15th century some time removed from the composition of the works themselves ... The earliest substantial manuscript source of Trecento music is the Rossi Codex, which was compiled sometime between 1350 and 1370 and contains music from the earlier portion ... However, other small manuscript sources have been found that expand our knowledge of earlier Trecento repertories ...

More definitions of "manuscript":

  • (noun): Handwritten book or document.
    Synonyms: holograph

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