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A manuscript (abbreviated MS for singular and MSS for plural) was, traditionally, any document that is written by hand – or, once practical typewriters became available, typewritten — as opposed to being mechanically printed or reproduced in some indirect or automated way. More recently, the term has come to be understood to further include any written, typed, or word-processed copy of an author's work, as distinguished from its rendition as a printed version of the same. Before the arrival of printing, all documents and books were manuscripts. Manuscripts are not defined by their contents, which may combine writing with mathematical calculations, maps, music notation, explanatory figures or illustrations.

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Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Manuscript was filmed and made available in 1952. Copied on paper.

Greek Manuscripts 812. Oktoëchos Oktoechos
Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Manuscript was filmed and made available in 1952. Copied on paper.

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Manuscript was filmed and made available in 1952. Copied on paper.

Greek Manuscripts 812. Oktoëchos Oktoechos
Leonard Bernstein to Marc Blitzstein, July 20, 1962

Leonard Bernstein to Marc Blitzstein, July 20, 1962

excerpt: "Am here Bay of Naples, en route to Monte Carlo & Spain, I think of you, S & V, being Jewish your Arabic [maid?]. I hope all continues to be as joyful as before."

Syriac Manuscripts 155. Psalter
Two knights fighting over a hound from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 105

Two knights fighting over a hound from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 105

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two knights fighting over possession of a hound. Image taken from f. 105 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Psalter
Spheres of elements and planets from BL Royal 19 C I, f. 50

Spheres of elements and planets from BL Royal 19 C I, f. 50

Miniature of a diagram of the spheres of the elements and planets, supported by four angels. Image taken from f. 50 of Breviari d'Amor. Written in French (Occitan) (Provencal).

Diagram of the seasons from BL Royal 19 C I, f. 54v

Diagram of the seasons from BL Royal 19 C I, f. 54v

Detail of a miniature of a diagram of the seasons. Image taken from f. 54v of Breviari d'Amor. Written in French (Occitan) (Provencal).

Arthur and Guinevere from BL Royal 20 D IV, f. 207

Arthur and Guinevere from BL Royal 20 D IV, f. 207

Detail of a miniature of a damsel bringing news to Arthur and Guinevere. Image taken from f. 207 of Lancelot du Lac. Written in French.

Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere from BL Royal 20 D IV, f. 1

Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere from BL Royal 20 D IV, f. 1

Detail of a miniature of Arthur engaged in conversation with his barons, while Lancelot and Guinevere are whispering together, and on the right, the king and queen presiding over a banquet. Image taken from f. ... more

Arthur and Guinevere from BL Add 38117, f. 224

Arthur and Guinevere from BL Add 38117, f. 224

Detail of miniature of Arthur and Guinevere. Image taken from f. 224 of Joseph d'Arimathie (ff. 1-18), Le Livre de Merlin (ff. 18v-74), Suite de Merlin (ff. 74-226), ('the Huth Manuscript'). Written in French.

Historiated initial from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 233v

Historiated initial from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 233v

Detail of an historiated initial 'D'(ixit) of the Trinity, containing the Father and the Son holding spheres and the Holy Dove descending down between them. Image taken from f. 233v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary ... more