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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.

Manuscript Media

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Decorated letter from BL Harley 7586A, f. 2

Decorated letter from BL Harley 7586A, f. 2

Detail of the Hebrew letter ~shin~ decorated with foliate motifs, which served as a book plate of the patron Shabbetai ben Mattatya of Rome (see Narkiss, 1984). Image taken from f. 2 of Guide of the Perplexed (... more

Jerusalem from BL Eg 1070, f. 5

Jerusalem from BL Eg 1070, f. 5

Full-page miniature of Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock Image taken from f. 5 of Book of Hours, Use of Paris ('The Hours of René d'Anjou'). Written in Latin, calendar and rubrics in French.

Death from BL Harley 2936, f. 84

Death from BL Harley 2936, f. 84

Detail of a miniature of Death, at the beginning of Matins in the Office of the Dead. Image taken from f. 84 of Book of Hours, Use of Rome. Written in Latin.

Tudor Rose from BL Royal 11 E XI, f. 2

Tudor Rose from BL Royal 11 E XI, f. 2

Detail of an allegorical miniature of a bush of the Tudor rose incorporating a Latin poem celebrating the House of Tudor, with a scroll reading 'Salve, radix varios producens germine ramos, / Quos inter ramus s... more

Pope Eleutherius from BL Eg 3028, f. 4

Pope Eleutherius from BL Eg 3028, f. 4

Drawing of Lucius's messenger received by Pope Eleutherius. Image taken from f. 4 of Roman de Brut, a verse epitome (begins imperfectly) with continuation to Edward III; Destruction de Rome; Fierabras. Written in French.

Coptic Manuscript
Manuscript Leaf Fragment

Manuscript Leaf Fragment

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Manuscript Leaf Fragment

Manuscript Leaf Fragment

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Manuscript Leaf Fragment

Manuscript Leaf Fragment

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Manuscript Leaves Fragment

Manuscript Leaves Fragment

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Pope Felix, Simplicius and Faustina from BL YT 49, vol. 2, f. 27v

Pope Felix, Simplicius and Faustina from BL YT 49, vol. 2, f. 27v

Unfinished miniatures of Pope Felix and of Simplicius and Faustina, with illuminated initials and partial foliate borders, at the beginning of their legends. Image taken from vol. 2, f. 27v of La légende dorée ... more

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

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

Manuscript Leaves from an Arabic Manuscript
Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Greek Manuscripts 812. Oktoëchos Oktoechos
Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

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

Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Manuscript Leaves from an Arabic Manuscript
Leaf from a Coptic Manuscript

Leaf from a Coptic Manuscript

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Manuscript Leaves from an Arabic Manuscript
Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

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

Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Greek Manuscripts 812. Oktoëchos Oktoechos
Fragment of a Letter

Fragment of a Letter

Attributed to Egypt

Decorated initials from BL Harley 3063, f. 126

Decorated initials from BL Harley 3063, f. 126

Decorated initials 'L' and 'P' at the beginning of the commentary on Paul's Epistle to the Thessalonians. Image taken from f. 126 of Commentary on Paul's ten shorter epistles, ad Thessalonicenses; Ambrosiaster ... more

Pahlavi Letter

Pahlavi Letter

Attributed to Egypt

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 27

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 27

Text page. Image taken from f. 27 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 124

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 124

Text page. Image taken from f. 124 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 43v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 43v

Text page. Image taken from f. 43v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 82v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 82v

Text page. Image taken from f. 82v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 79v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 79v

Text page. Image taken from f. 79v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 68v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 68v

Text page. Image taken from f. 68v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 70

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 70

Text page. Image taken from f. 70 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 153

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 153

Text page. Image taken from f. 153 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 96

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 96

Text page. Image taken from f. 96 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 6

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 6

Text page. Image taken from f. 6 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 28v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 28v

Text page. Image taken from f. 28v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 31v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 31v

Text page. Image taken from f. 31v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 147

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 147

Text page. Image taken from f. 147 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 145

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 145

Text page. Image taken from f. 145 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 56v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 56v

Text page. Image taken from f. 56v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 39

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 39

Text page. Image taken from f. 39 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 63

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 63

Text page. Image taken from f. 63 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 52

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 52

Decorated initial 'M'(archus), at the beginning of the prologue to Mark. Image taken from f. 52 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 20v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 20v

Text page. Image taken from f. 20v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 39v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 39v

Text page. Image taken from f. 39v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 140v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 140v

Text page. Image taken from f. 140v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 115

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 115

Text page. Image taken from f. 115 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 21

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 21

Text page. Image taken from f. 21 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 116

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 116

Text page. Image taken from f. 116 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 74v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 74v

Text page. Image taken from f. 74v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 26v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 26v

Text page. Image taken from f. 26v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 61

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 61

Text page. Image taken from f. 61 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 93

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 93

Text page. Image taken from f. 93 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 57

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 57

Text page. Image taken from f. 57 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Calligraphic Fragments

Calligraphic Fragments

Attributed to Egypt

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 58

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 58

Text page. Image taken from f. 58 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 22

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 22

Text page. Image taken from f. 22 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 1

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 1

Text page with an initial 'N'(ovum), at the beginning of the Epistle of Jerome to Damasus. Image taken from f. 1 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 19v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 19v

Text page. Image taken from f. 19v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 141v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 141v

Text page. Image taken from f. 141v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 142

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 142

Text page. Image taken from f. 142 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text from BL Sloane 1044, f. 2

Text from BL Sloane 1044, f. 2

Fragment of John 21, from an 8th-century Gospel book, probably from Northumbria. Image taken from f. 2 of Fragment of a Gospel Book (John 21:16). Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 29

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 29

Text page. Image taken from f. 29 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 123

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 123

Text page. Image taken from f. 123 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 46v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 46v

Text page. Image taken from f. 46v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 137v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 137v

Text page. Image taken from f. 137v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 130v

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 130v

Decorated initial 'In'(principio), at the beginning of John. Image taken from f. 130v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 51

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 51

Text page. Image taken from f. 51 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Canon Tables from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 11

Canon Tables from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 11

Canon Tables. Image taken from f. 11 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 63v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 63v

Text page. Image taken from f. 63v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 72v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 72v

Text page. Image taken from f. 72v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 86

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 86

Text page. Image taken from f. 86 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 31

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 31

Text page. Image taken from f. 31 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 81v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 81v

Text page. Image taken from f. 81v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 18v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 18v

Text page. Image taken from f. 18v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 108

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 108

Text page. Image taken from f. 108 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.