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

Papyrus fragment with lines from Homer's Odyssey
Marriage Contract, Ancient Egypt, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Standard Finial LACMA M.76.97.952

Standard Finial LACMA M.76.97.952

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Standard_Finial_LACMA_M.76.97.952.jpg ) .Description..Title.Standard Finial..Description.: Iran, Luristan, circa 1350-800 B.C..: Architectur... More

Page of Calligraphy
Marriage Contract Egypt
Compartmented Seal with Birds and Mountains LACMA AC1995.5.14

Compartmented Seal with Birds and Mountains LACMA AC1995.5.14

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Compartmented_Seal_with_Birds_and_Mountains_LACMA_AC1995.5.14.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Compartmented Seal with Birds and Mountains..Descri... More

Coptic Manuscript, Egypt, 12th Century CE (AD)
Coptic Manuscript, Egypt, 11th Century AD
St. Stephen I (pope)
Coptic Manuscript Leaf Fragment, Egypt
Coptic Manuscript Leaf Fragment, Egypt
Coptic Manuscript Leaves Fragment, Egypt
Coptic Manuscript Leaf Fragment, Egypt
Fragment of the Gospel of St. John 2:11-22
Fragment of the Gospel of St. John 2:11-22
Coptic Manuscript Leaf Fragment, Egypt
Coptic Manuscript Leaf Fragment, Egypt
Byzantine Illuminated Psalter, tempera, page of illuminated manuscript
Coptic Manuscript Leaves Fragment, Egypt
Coptic Manuscript Leaf Fragment, 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

Emperor Anastasius I, pope Symachus and antipope Laurentius
Manuscript
Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript
Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a Woman

Attributed to Iran

Leaf from a Coptic Manuscript
Greek Manuscripts 812. Oktoëchos Oktoechos
Leaf from a Coptic Manuscript

Leaf from a Coptic Manuscript

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Bookbinding with Animals in a Landscape, India
Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript
Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion, Byzantine

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion, Byzantine

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

Manuscript Leaves from an Arabic Manuscript
Manuscript Leaves from an Arabic Manuscript
Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Manuscript Leaves from an Arabic Manuscript
Greek Manuscripts 812. Oktoëchos Oktoechos
Four Gospels in Armenian, tempera
Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript
Manuscript Leaves from an Arabic Manuscript
Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Leaves from a Coptic Manuscript

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion, Byzantine

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion, Byzantine

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

Manuscript Leaves from an Arabic Manuscript
Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion, Byzantine

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion, Byzantine

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

Manuscript Illumination with Saint Dominic Saving the Church of Saint John Lateran in an Initial A, from a Gradual
Leaf from a Gospel Book with Four Standing Evangelists
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

Letter Fragment on Papyrus, Egypt, 9th Century AD
Fragment of a Letter, Egypt, 9th Century AD
Pahlavi Letter, 7th century

Pahlavi Letter, 7th century

Attributed to Egypt

Dish LACMA M.2006.139

Dish LACMA M.2006.139

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dish_LACMA_M.2006.139.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Dish..Description..: Turkey, Iznik, third quarter of 16th century.: Furnishings; Servicewar... More

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

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

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

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 37v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 37v

Text page. Image taken from f. 37v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 146

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 146

Text page. Image taken from f. 146 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Section from a Quran Manuscript
Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 145v

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

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

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 59v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 59v

Text page. Image taken from f. 59v 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.

Canon Tables from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 9v

Canon Tables from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 9v

Canon Tables. Image taken from f. 9v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 128

Decorated initial from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 128

Decorated initial 'J'(ohannes), at the beginning of the prologue to John. Image taken from f. 128 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 24v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 24v

Text page. Image taken from f. 24v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 49v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 49v

Text page. Image taken from f. 49v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 87v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 87v

Text page. Image taken from f. 87v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 135

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 135

Text page. Image taken from f. 135 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page. from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 8v

Text page. from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 8v

Text page of a table of festivals. Image taken from f. 8v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 111

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 111

Text page. Image taken from f. 111 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 67

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 67

Text page. Image taken from f. 67 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 104

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 104

Text page. Image taken from f. 104 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Fragment of a Non-Illustrated Single Work
Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 40v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 40v

Text page. Image taken from f. 40v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Papyrus Fragment, Egypt, 10th Century CE (AD), Egypt, 9th Century CE (AD)
"Rustam Slays the White Elephant", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

"Rustam Slays the White Elephant", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of King...

Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020) Attributed to India, Kashmir

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 73

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 73

Text page. Image taken from f. 73 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 120

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 120

Text page. Image taken from f. 120 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 25

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 25

Text page. Image taken from f. 25 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

"Sam and Zal before Manuchihr", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)
Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 43

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

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

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 65

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 65

Text page. Image taken from f. 65 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 77v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 77v

Text page. Image taken from f. 77v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

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

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

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

Unidentified Scene from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Unidentified Scene from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020) Attributed to India, Kashmir

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 33

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 33

Text page. Image taken from f. 33 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Fragment of a Non-Illustrated Single Work
Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 111v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 111v

Text page. Image taken from f. 111v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 118v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 118v

Text page. Image taken from f. 118v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 84v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 84v

Text page. Image taken from f. 84v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 17

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 17

Text page. Image taken from f. 17 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 17v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 17v

Text page. Image taken from f. 17v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Calligraphic Composition in Ghubari Script
Canon Tables from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 9

Canon Tables from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 9

Canon Tables. Image taken from f. 9 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 40

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 40

Text page. Image taken from f. 40 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 117

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 117

Text page. Image taken from f. 117 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 33v

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 33v

Text page. Image taken from f. 33v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Canon Tables from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 13v

Canon Tables from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 13v

Canon Tables. Image taken from f. 13v of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 155

Text page from BL Royal 1 B VII, f. 155

Text page. Image taken from f. 155 of Gospel Book. Written in Latin.

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