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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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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."

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Leviticus from BL Add 15282, f. 137

Leviticus from BL Add 15282, f. 137

Full-page miniature with diamonds inhabited by lions and spread eagles both crowned, and with the initial-word panel ~Wa-yiqra~ (and [the Lord] called) in its centre, at the beginning of Leviticus. Image taken ... More

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