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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
[Embossed leather binding on 12th century manuscript]

[Embossed leather binding on 12th century manuscript]

Title devised by Library staff. Alternate title from: Library of Congress Quarterly journal of current acquisitions, v. 5, no. 3 (1948 May), p. 50. Illus. in: Exposicio mistica super exod[um]. [Germany, ca. 115... More

Syriac Manuscripts 155. Psalter
[Portolan chart of the Mediterranean Sea ca. 1320-1350 : manuscript chart of the Mediterranean and Black seas on vellum].

[Portolan chart of the Mediterranean Sea ca. 1320-1350 : manuscript ch...

Anonymous nautical chart in portolan style probably drawn in Genoa. Covers Mediterranean Sea from the Balearic Islands to the Levantine coast; also covers western part of Black Sea. Oldest original cartographic... More

Bible. Manuscripts. Latin. Biblia latina. April 4, 1452-July 9, 1453. "Giant Bible of Mainz"

Bible. Manuscripts. Latin. Biblia latina. April 4, 1452-July 9, 1453. ...

Opening of Leviticus. No file prints. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Bible O.T.

Bible. Manuscripts. Latin. Biblia latina. April 4, 1452-July 9, 1453. "Giant Bible of Mainz"

Bible. Manuscripts. Latin. Biblia latina. April 4, 1452-July 9, 1453. ...

Opening of Genesis. No file prints. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Bible O.T.

Bible. Manuscripts. Latin. Biblia latina. April 4, 1452-July 9, 1453. "Giant Bible of Mainz"

Bible. Manuscripts. Latin. Biblia latina. April 4, 1452-July 9, 1453. ...

First leaf. No file prints. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Bible O.T.

Bible. Manuscripts. Latin. Biblia latina. April 4, 1452-July 9, 1453. "Giant Bible of Mainz"

Bible. Manuscripts. Latin. Biblia latina. April 4, 1452-July 9, 1453. ...

Jerome's preface to Pentateuch. Rosenwald 5 No file prints. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Bible O.T.

[Marcus Tullus Cicero, bust portrait on page of Latin text]

[Marcus Tullus Cicero, bust portrait on page of Latin text]

Illuminated vellum manuscript. Illus. in: Cicero, De Officii (Manz, 1465). Reference copy may be in Biog. File. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf.

[Page of text in Physica, with decorated initial Q]

[Page of text in Physica, with decorated initial Q]

Text in: Physica / Aristoteles. [Louvain : C. Braem, ca. 1475]. Published in: The tradition of science / Leonard C. Bruno. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1987, p. 254.

[Geometric diagrams in margins of text of first printed edition of Euclid's "Elements," which they illus.: 2 diagrams at left of text (page headed "Liber")]

[Geometric diagrams in margins of text of first printed edition of Euc...

Repr. of line drawing by Erhard Ratdolt, printer of the edition. Illus. in: Euclides Elementa Geometriae, Venice, 1482. Reference copy may be in LOT 4397 P. This record contains unverified, old data from captio... More

[Geometric diagrams in margins of text of first printed edition of Euclid's "Elements," which they illus.: 2 diagrams of text (page headed "II")]

[Geometric diagrams in margins of text of first printed edition of Euc...

Repr. of line drawing by Erhard Ratdolt, printer of the edition. Illus. in: Euclides Elementa Geometriae, Venice, 1482. Reference copy may be in LOT 4397 P. This record contains unverified, old data from captio... More

[2 botanical illus. and page of text]

[2 botanical illus. and page of text]

Illus. in: Hortus Sanitatis [Maior] (1497). No reference copy. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf.

[San Juan de Ulúa /

[San Juan de Ulúa /

Ground plan of a projected fortress. In black ink, with a part in yellow watercolor, on vellum. Mounted on cloth. Kraus, H.P. Sir Francis Drake, 47 Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a r... More

Unknown, no date, Law on Capture of War Vessels
John Triplett, , Map of a Road from Georgetown to Stevensburg

John Triplett, , Map of a Road from Georgetown to Stevensburg

Map of a Road from Georgetown to Stevensburg

Hepburn, no date, Estimates on Building Timbers
J. Randolph, no date, A Scottish Highland Song
Moore, no date, Sweetest Love (poem)
William Chatham, no date, Extract of Statement on Falkland Islands Debate
Unknown, no date, Le Portrait (poem)
Unknown, no date, In Times of Yore (poem)
Congress, , Draft Bill Regarding the Awarding of Prizes

Congress, , Draft Bill Regarding the Awarding of Prizes

Draft Bill Regarding the Awarding of Prizes

Pennsylvania Colony Laws and Statutes, 1652-92, List of "Acts of the Politinate and Lords"

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