"An essential guide to the terminology of post-medieval manuscript production...the newly issued paperback would be a welcomed addition to any scholar's personal library." College & Research Libraries
This is the first Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology
ever to be published. Dealing with the subject of documentation--which affects everyone's lives (from every-day letters, notes, and shopping lists, to far-reaching legal instruments, if not autograph literary masterpieces) Peter Beal defines, in a lively and accessible style, some 1,500 terms relating to manuscripts and their productio and use in Britain from 1450 to the present day. The entries, which range in length from one line to nearly a hundred lines each, cover terms defining types of manuscript, their physical features and materials, writing implements, writing surfaces, scribes and other writing agents, scripts, postal marking, and seals, as well as subjects relating to literature, bibliography, archives, palaeography, the editing and printing of manuscripts, dating, conservation, and such fields as cartography, commerce, heraldry, law, and military and naval matters. The book includes 96 illustrations showing many of the features described.