A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology: 1450 to 2000

Paperback | December 25, 2009

byPeter Beal

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This is the first Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology ever to be published. Dealing with the subject of documentation - which affects everyone's lives (from every-day letters, notes, and shopping lists to far-reaching legal instruments, if not autograph literary masterpieces) - PeterBeal defines, in a lively and accessible style, some 1,500 terms relating to manuscripts and their production and use in Britain from 1450 to the present day. The entries, which range in length from one line to nearly a hundred lines each, cover terms defining types of manuscript, their physicalfeatures and materials, writing implements, writing surfaces, scribes and other writing agents, scripts, postal markings, and seals, as well as subjects relating to literature, bibliography, archives, palaeography, the editing and printing of manuscripts, dating, conservation, and such fields ascartography, commerce, heraldry, law, and military and naval matters. The book includes 96 illustrations showing many of the features described.

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This is the first Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology ever to be published. Dealing with the subject of documentation - which affects everyone's lives (from every-day letters, notes, and shopping lists to far-reaching legal instruments, if not autograph literary masterpieces) - PeterBeal defines, in a lively and accessible sty...

Dr Peter Beal, FBA, was for 25 years English Manuscript Expert (for nine of them a Director) at Sotheby's, London. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1993; was J.P.R. Lyell Reader in Bibliography at Oxford, 1995-96; and since 2002 has been Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pagesPublished:December 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199576122

ISBN - 13:9780199576128

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIllustrationsA Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450-2000Select Bibliography

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Review from previous edition: "affords many pleasures to the curious... an intellectual inventory." --Andrew Zurcher, Times Literary Supplement