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 procuring lists, to far-reaching criminal tools, if no longer autograph literary masterpieces) Peter Beal defines, in a full of life and obtainable variety, a few 1,500 phrases in relation 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 forms 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 with regards to literature, bibliography, data, palaeography, the modifying and printing of manuscripts, courting, conservation, and such fields as cartography, trade, heraldry, legislation, and army and naval issues. The ebook comprises ninety six illustrations displaying some of the beneficial properties defined.
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Such material may, on occasions, throw light on the dating or early history of the manuscript with which it is bound: for instance, the fragments of an indulgence printed by Caxton in 1489 in the Winchester manuscript of Malory’s Morte d’Arthur (British Library, Add. MS 59678), or a letter of 1440 bound in the dictated manuscript autobiography of Margery Kempe (British Library, Add. MS 61823). With the dissolution of the monasteries, the dispersal of monastic libraries, and the prohibition in 1550 of ‘all books .
6 and 49. 16 illus. 6 A page in a printed parliamentary diurnal of the 1640s with extensive marginal annotations or marginalia, including (near the gutter) a type of pointing hand or manicule, written in the hand of the historian John Rushworth, secretary to the Parliamentary general Lord Fairfax. ’)—from the Greek an (‘without’) onyma (‘name’)—meaning of unknown, undeclared, or unacknowledged authorship. Such anonymity may arise either because the work in question was deliberately published or circulated without indication of authorship; or because, as with jokes, ballads, and nursery rhymes, authorship was never a matter of real concern in its original transmission; or else because its 17 authorship, perhaps known to certain people party to its original circulation, was simply forgotten in the course of time.
Except for a brief period in the 1650s, the obligation was traditionally drawn up in Latin, in a standard formula beginning Noverint universi per presentes (generally rendered in legal documents in 42 English as ‘Be it known to all men by these presents’), and the condition was in English. From 1733 onwards, bonds were written entirely in English. The various species of bond, entailing authorizations or legally binding engagements, include bonds to perform covenants, which often accompany leases; bonds to appear in court; the bail bond (surety for the release of a ship, a prisoner, or some other commodity pending judicial judgment); and the mariners’ bond (a certiWcate given to a Justice of the Peace for the transportation of felons overseas).
A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology: 1450 to 2000 by Peter Beal