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abbreviation

Peter Beal.

in A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

January 2008; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (History of the Book). 790 words.

An extremely common feature in medieval manuscripts, and to a lesser, but still significant, extent in early modern writing, an

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abecedarium

Peter Beal.

in A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

January 2008; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (History of the Book). 91 words.

Derived from ‘ABC’, the term ‘abecedarium’ (plural: abecedaria), sometimes italicized as abecedarium or rendered as ‘abecedary’, means a tablet or

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abridgement

Peter Beal.

in A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

January 2008; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (History of the Book). 140 words.

An abridgement is a shortened or condensed version of a text. Abridgements were made in manuscript and later in printed

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abstract

Peter Beal.

in A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

January 2008; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (History of the Book). 88 words.

An abstract is a brief summary, epitome, or precis of a work, text, or document. Abstracts are often found, for

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accent

Peter Beal.

in A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

January 2008; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (History of the Book). 90 words.

Accents in writing are marks (technically diacritical marks) qualifying certain letters to indicate particular meanings, sound values, or stresses on

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accidentals

Peter Beal.

in A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

January 2008; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (History of the Book). 3 words.

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accord

Peter Beal.

in A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

January 2008; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (History of the Book). 3 words.

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accounts

Peter Beal.

in A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

January 2008; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (History of the Book). 445 words.

Accounts are financial documents detailing expenditure and income, often drawn up systematically in columns, with appropriate calculations. An account book

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achievement

Peter Beal.

in A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

January 2008; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (History of the Book). 60 words.

In heraldry, an achievement is a pictorial representation of a family's complete insignia or armorial devices, including their coat of

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acquittance

Peter Beal.

in A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

January 2008; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (History of the Book). 78 words.

An acquittance is a document normally written to acknowledge that records have been audited and found to be in order.

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