Peter Beal's A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology: 1450 to 2000 PDF

By Peter Beal

ISBN-10: 0199265445

ISBN-13: 9780199265442

This is often 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 procuring lists, to far-reaching criminal tools, if no longer autograph literary masterpieces) Peter Beal defines, in a full of life and obtainable kind, a few 1,500 phrases with regards 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 traces every one, conceal phrases defining kinds of manuscript, their actual positive aspects and fabrics, writing implements, writing surfaces, scribes and different writing brokers, scripts, postal marking, and seals, in addition to matters in relation to literature, bibliography, documents, palaeography, the modifying and printing of manuscripts, relationship, conservation, and such fields as cartography, trade, heraldry, legislation, and army and naval issues. The e-book comprises ninety six illustrations displaying a few of the gains defined.

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Anathema Originally meaning ‘an oVering to the gods’, the Greek term ‘anathema’ (plural: anathemata) came in various contexts to have more malevolent connotations. In medieval books, most notably in monastic libraries, an anathema was a curse or imprecation written into the book, usually by a librarian, calling down sorrows upon the head of anyone who stole it (as frequently happened, even in chained libraries). Some scribes also included anathemata in their colophons against unauthorized copyists into whose hands the manuscript might fall.

On the other hand, although the completeness or integrity of any important archive is highly prized, it may still appropriately be described as an ‘archive’ even if it has seriously suVered the ravages of time, provided it is all that now survives and is not just the residue of a recent dispersal (otherwise it would only be part of an archive). g. a Wlm or sound archive. argument See p l o t . armorial An armorial, or armory, is a heraldic book, usually manuscript, containing coats of arms of particular families, or of series of families (such as the English nobility), or of individuals, which are usually arranged in sequence according to rank, from dukes to barons.

See Illus. 18, 30, and 65, and compare p h y l a c t e r y . bargain and sale A bargain and sale is an agreement between two or more parties for a sale of property. Hence it is any kind of document recording the terms of that sale, 32 authorizing it, or bearing witness to its completion or enactment. Laws governing bargains and sales, particularly respecting how the use or beneWt of land might be converted to possession, were enshrined in the Statute of Uses in 1535 and, with respect to freehold property, in the Statute of Enrolments of 1536.

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