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1. Manuscript Description

A special purpose element which can be used to provide detailed descriptive information about handwritten primary sources. Although originally developed to meet the needs of cataloguers and scholars working with medieval manuscripts in the European tradition, the scheme presented here is general enough that it can also be extended to other traditions and materials, and is potentially useful for any kind of inscribed artefact.

2. Example catalogue entry

3. msDesc elements

Manuscript description module contains more than 60 elements - we'll cover some of them today

accMat acquisition additional additions adminInfo altIdentifier binding bindingDesc catchwords collation collection colophon condition custEvent custodialHist decoDesc decoNote depth dimensions explicit filiation finalRubric foliation handDesc height heraldry history incipit institution layout layoutDesc locus material msContents msDesc msIdentifier msItem msItemStruct msName msPart musicNotation objectDesc origDate origPlace origin physDesc provenance recordHist repository rubric seal sealDesc secFol signatures source stamp summary support supportDesc surrogates textLang watermark width

Classes defined: att.msExcerpt

4. msDesc structure

<msDesc>
 <msIdentifier>
<!-- Repository location, classmarks, etc. -->
 </msIdentifier>
 <head>
<!--brief heading -->
 </head>
 <msContents>
<!-- Structured description of MS contents -->
 </msContents>
 <physDesc>
<!-- Physical and codicological description -->
 </physDesc>
 <history>
<!-- Origin, provenance, acquisition, etc. -->
 </history>
 <additional>
<!-- Additional bibliographic and curatorial information, and associated materials etc. -->
 </additional>
 <msPart>
<!--Composite manuscript details -->
 </msPart>
</msDesc>
<msIdentifier> is the only one that is required.

5. Basic prose <msDesc>

<msDesc>
 <msIdentifier>
  <settlement>Oxford</settlement>
  <repository>Bodleian Library</repository>
  <idno>MS. Add. A. 61</idno>
  <altIdentifier type="SC">
   <idno>28843</idno>
  </altIdentifier>
 </msIdentifier>
 <p>In Latin, on parchment: written in more than one hand of the 13th cent. in England:
   7¼ x 5⅜ in., i + 55 leaves, in double columns: with a few coloured capitals.</p>
 <p>'Hic incipit Bruitus Anglie,' the De origine et gestis Regum Angliae of Geoffrey of
   Monmouth (Galfridus Monumetensis: beg. 'Cum mecum multa &amp;amp; de multis.'</p>
 <p>On fol. 54v very faint is 'Iste liber est fratris guillelmi de buria de ... Roberti
   ordinis fratrum Pred[icatorum],' 14th cent. (?): 'hanauilla' is written at the foot
   of the page (15th cent.). Bought from the rev. W. D. Macray on March 17, 1863, for
   £1 10s.</p>
</msDesc>

6. <msDesc> more detailed example

<msDesc>
 <msIdentifier>
  <settlement>Oxford</settlement>
  <repository>Bodleian Library</repository>
  <idno>MS. Add. A. 61</idno>
  <altIdentifier type="SC">
   <idno>28843</idno>
  </altIdentifier>
 </msIdentifier>
 <msContents>
  <p>
   <quote>Hic incipit Bruitus Anglie,</quote> the <title>De origine et gestis Regum
       Angliae</title> of Geoffrey of Monmouth (Galfridus Monumetensis): beg.
  <quote>Cum mecum multa &amp; de multis.</quote> In Latin.</p>
 </msContents>
 <physDesc>
  <p>
   <material>Parchment</material>: written in more than one hand: 7¼ x 5⅜ in., i + 55
     leaves, in double columns: with a few coloured capitals.</p>
 </physDesc>
 <history>
  <p>Written in <origPlace>England</origPlace> in the <origDate>13th cent.</origDate>
     On fol. 54v very faint is <quote>Iste liber est fratris guillelmi de buria de ...
       Roberti ordinis fratrum Pred[icatorum],</quote> 14th cent. (?):
  <quote>hanauilla</quote> is written at the foot of the page (15th cent.). Bought
     from the rev. W. D. Macray on March 17, 1863, for £1 10s.</p>
 </history>
</msDesc>

7. <msDesc> even more detailed example

<msDesc>
 <msIdentifier>
  <settlement>Oxford</settlement>
  <repository>Bodleian Library</repository>
  <idno>MS. Add. A. 61</idno>
  <altIdentifier type="SC">
   <idno>28843</idno>
  </altIdentifier>
 </msIdentifier>
 <msContents>
  <msItem>
   <author xml:lang="en">Geoffrey of Monmouth</author>
   <author xml:lang="la">Galfridus Monumetensis</author>
   <title type="uniformxml:lang="la">De origine et gestis Regum Angliae</title>
   <rubric xml:lang="la">Hic incipit Bruitus Anglie</rubric>
   <incipit xml:lang="la">Cum mecum multa &amp; de multis</incipit>
   <textLang mainLang="la">Latin</textLang>
  </msItem>
 </msContents>
 <physDesc>
  <objectDesc form="codex">
   <supportDesc material="perg">
    <support>
     <p>Parchment.</p>
    </support>
    <extent>i + 55 leaves <dimensions scope="alltype="leafunit="inch">
      <height>7 ¼</height>
      <width>5 ⅜</width>
     </dimensions>
    </extent>
   </supportDesc>
   <layoutDesc>
    <layout columns="2">
     <p>In double columns.</p>
    </layout>
   </layoutDesc>
  </objectDesc>
  <handDesc>
   <p>Written in more than one hand.</p>
  </handDesc>
  <decoDesc>
   <p>With a few coloured capitals.</p>
  </decoDesc>
 </physDesc>
 <history>
  <origin>
   <p>Written in <origPlace>England</origPlace> in the <origDate notAfter="1300notBefore="1200">13th cent.</origDate>
   </p>
  </origin>
  <provenance>
   <p>On fol. 54v very faint is <quote xml:lang="la">Iste liber est fratris guillelmi
         de buria de <gap/> Roberti ordinis fratrum Pred<ex>icatorum</ex>
    </quote>, 14th cent. (?): <quote>hanauilla</quote> is written at the foot of the
       page (15th cent.).</p>
  </provenance>
  <acquisition>
   <p>Bought from the rev. <name key="MCRAYWD">W. D. Macray</name> on <date when="1863-03-17">March 17, 1863</date>, for £1 10s.</p>
  </acquisition>
 </history>
</msDesc>

8. <msIdentifier>

<msIdentifier> contains the information required to identify the manuscript being described.
<msIdentifier>
 <settlement>San Marino</settlement>
 <repository> Huntington Library </repository>
 <idno>MS.El.26.C.9</idno>
</msIdentifier>

9. Identify the holding institution

The following elements are available within <msIdentifier> to identify the holding institution:
  • <institution> contains the name of an organization, such as a university or library, within which a manuscript repository is located.
  • <repository> contains the name of a repository within which manuscripts are stored, possibly forming part of an institution.
And, inherited from model.placeNamePart_sequenceOptional
  • <bloc> contains the name of a geo-political unit consisting of two or more nation states or countries.
  • <country> (country) contains the name of a geo-political unit, such as a nation, country, colony, or commonwealth, larger than or administratively superior to a region and smaller than a bloc.
  • <district> contains the name of any kind of subdivision of a settlement, such as a parish, ward, or other administrative or geographic unit.
  • <geogName> (geographical name) a name associated with some geographical feature such as Windrush Valley or Mount Sinai.
  • <placeName> contains an absolute or relative place name.
  • <region> (region) contains the name of an administrative unit such as a state, province, or county, larger than a settlement, but smaller than a country.
  • <settlement> contains the name of a settlement such as a city, town, or village identified as a single geo-political or administrative unit.

10. Identify the manuscript

The following elements are used within <msIdentifier> to provide different ways of identifying the manuscript within its holding institution:
  • <collection> contains the name of a collection of manuscripts, not necessarily located within a single repository.
  • <idno> (identifying number) supplies any standard or non-standard number used to identify a bibliographic item.
  • <altIdentifier> (alternative identifier) contains an alternative or former structured identifier used for a manuscript, such as a former catalogue number.
  • <msName> (alternative name) contains any form of unstructured alternative name used for a manuscript, such as an 'ocellus nominum', or nickname.

11. <msIdentifier> example

<msIdentifier>
 <country>United Kingdom</country>
 <settlement>Oxford</settlement>
 <institution> University of Oxford </institution>
 <repository>Bodleian Library</repository>
 <idno>MS. Add. A. 61</idno>
 <altIdentifier type="SC">
  <idno>28843</idno>
 </altIdentifier>
</msIdentifier>

12. <msIdentifier> example

This manuscript is known by both Latin and Icelandic names:
<msIdentifier>
 <country>Danmark</country>
 <settlement>København</settlement>
 <repository> Det ArnamagnæanskeInstitut </repository>
 <idno>AM 45 fol.</idno>
 <msName xml:lang="la">Codex Frisianus</msName>
 <msName xml:lang="is">Fríssbók</msName>
</msIdentifier>

13. <msContents>

<msContents> describes the intellectual content of a manuscript or manuscript part, either as a series of paragraphs or as a series of structured manuscript items.

  • <msItem> describes an individual work or item within the intellectual content of a manuscript or manuscript part
  • <msItemStruct> contains a structured description for an individual work or item within the intellectual content of a manuscript or manuscript part.
  • <summary> contains a brief summary of the intellectual content of an item, provided by the cataloguer, and may preface <msItem> and <msItemStruct> elements.

14. <msContents> example

<msContents>
 <p>A collection of Lollard sermons</p>
</msContents>

15. <msContents> example

<msContents>
 <msItem>
  <author xml:lang="en">Geoffrey of Monmouth</author>
  <author xml:lang="la">Galfridus Monumetensis</author>
  <title type="uniform">De origine et gestis Regum Angliae</title>
  <rubric>Hic incipit Bruitus Anglie</rubric>
  <incipit>Cum mecum multa &amp; de multis</incipit>
  <textLang mainLang="la">Latin</textLang>
 </msItem>
</msContents>

16. <msItem> contents

Inside <msContents>, the possible component elements of <msItem> and <msItemStruct> added by the msDesc module include:
  • <colophon> contains the colophon of a manuscript item: that is, a statement providing information regarding the date, place, agency, or reason for production of the manuscript.
  • <decoNote> contains a note describing either a decorative component of a manuscript, or a fairly homogenous class of such components.
  • <explicit> contains the explicit of a manuscript item, that is, the closing words of the text proper, exclusive of any rubric or colophon which might follow it.
  • <filiation> contains information concerning the manuscript's filiation, i.e. its relationship to other surviving manuscripts of the same text, its protographs, antigraphs and apographs.
  • <finalRubric> contains the string of words that denotes the end of a text division, often with an assertion as to its author and title, usually set off from the text itself by red ink, by a different size or type of script, or by some other such visual device.
  • <incipit> contains the incipit of a manuscript item, that is the opening words of the text proper, exclusive of any rubric which might precede it, of sufficient length to identify the work uniquely; such incipts were, in former times, frequently used a means of reference to a work, in place of a title.
  • <locus> defines a location within a manuscript or manuscript part, usually as a (possibly discontinuous) sequence of folio references.
  • <rubric> contains the text of any rubric or heading attached to a particular manuscript item, that is, a string of words through which a manuscript signals the beginning of a text division, often with an assertion as to its author and title, which is in some way set off from the text itself, usually in red ink, or by use of different size or type of script, or some other such visual device.
  • <textLang> describes the languages and writing systems used by a manuscript (as opposed to its description, which is described in the langUsage element)

And <msItem> and <msItemStruct> can also self-nest!

17. <msItem> contents

<msItem> and <msItemStruct> may also contain several elements from other modules:

author, respStmt, title, quote, listBibl, bibl, note

18. <msContents> with multiple <msItem>s

<msContents>
 <msItem n="1">
  <locus>fols. 5r-7v</locus>
  <title>An ABC</title>
  <bibl>
   <title>IMEV</title>
   <biblScope>239</biblScope>
  </bibl>
 </msItem>
 <msItem n="2">
  <locus>fols. 7v-8v</locus>
  <title xml:lang="FR">Lenvoy de Chaucer a Scogan</title>
  <bibl>
   <title>IMEV</title>
   <biblScope>3747</biblScope>
  </bibl>
 </msItem>
 <msItem n="3">
  <locus>fol. 8v</locus>
  <title>Truth</title>
  <bibl>
   <title>IMEV</title>
   <biblScope>809</biblScope>
  </bibl>
 </msItem>
 <msItem n="4">
  <locus>fols. 8v-10v</locus>
  <title>Birds Praise of Love</title>
  <bibl>
   <title>IMEV</title>
   <biblScope>1506</biblScope>
  </bibl>
 </msItem>
 <msItem n="5">
  <locus>fols. 10v-11v</locus>
  <title xml:lang="LA">De amico ad amicam</title>
  <title xml:lang="LA">Responcio</title>
  <bibl>
   <title>IMEV</title>
   <biblScope>16 &amp; 19</biblScope>
  </bibl>
 </msItem>
 <msItem n="6">
  <locus>fols. 14r-126v</locus>
  <title>Troilus and Criseyde</title>
  <note>Bk. 1:71-Bk. 5:1701, with additional losses due to mutilation
     throughout</note>
 </msItem>
</msContents>

19. <physDesc> contents

  • <objectDesc> contains a description of the physical components making up the object which is being described.
  • <handDesc> contains a description of all the different kinds of writing used in a manuscript.
  • <decoDesc> contains a description of the decoration of a manuscript, either as a sequence of paragraphs, or as a sequence of topically organised decoNote elements.
  • <musicNotation> contains description of type of musical notation.
  • <bindingDesc> describes the present and former bindings of a manuscript, either as a series of paragraphs or as a series of distinct binding elements, one for each binding of the manuscript.
  • <sealDesc> describes the seals or other external items attached to a manuscript, either as a series of paragraphs or as a series of distinct seal elements, possibly with additional decoNotes.
  • <additions> contains a description of any significant additions found within a manuscript, such as marginalia or other annotations.
  • <accMat> (accompanying material) contains details of any significant additional material which may be closely associated with the manuscript being described, such as non-contemporaneous documents or fragments bound in with the manuscript at some earlier historical period.

20. <physDesc> example

<physDesc>
 <objectDesc form="codex">
  <supportDesc material="parch">
   <support>
    <p>Parchment.</p>
   </support>
   <extent>i + 55 leaves <dimensions scope="alltype="leafunit="in">
     <height></height>
     <width>5⅜</width>
    </dimensions>
   </extent>
  </supportDesc>
  <layoutDesc>
   <layout columns="2">
    <p>In double columns.</p>
   </layout>
  </layoutDesc>
 </objectDesc>
 <handDesc>
  <p>Written in more than one hand.</p>
 </handDesc>
 <decoDesc>
  <p>With a few coloured capitals.</p>
 </decoDesc>
</physDesc>

21. <objectDesc> contents

  • <supportDesc> groups elements describing the physical support for the written part of a manuscript.
  • <support> contains a description of the materials etc. which make up the physical support for the written part of a manuscript.
  • <extent> describes the approximate size of the electronic text as stored on some carrier medium, specified in any convenient units.
  • <foliation> describes the numbering system or systems used to count the leaves or pages in a codex.
  • <collation> contains a description of how the leaves or bifolia are physically arranged.
  • <condition> contains a description of the physical condition of the manuscript.
  • <layoutDesc> collects the set of layout descriptions applicable to a manuscript.
  • <layout> describes how text is laid out on the page, including information about any ruling, pricking, or other evidence of page-preparation techniques.

22. <handDesc> and <decoDesc>

<handNote> (note on hand) describes a particular style or hand distinguished within a manuscript.

<decoNote> contains a note describing either a decorative component of a manuscript, or a fairly homogenous class of such components.

23. <handDesc> examples

<handDesc hands="2">
 <p>The manuscript is written in two contemporary hands, otherwise unknown, but clearly
   those of practised scribes. Hand I writes ff. 1r-22v and hand II ff. 23 and 24. Some
   scholars, notably Verner Dahlerup and Hreinn Benediktsson, have argued for a third
   hand on f. 24, but the evidence for this is insubstantial.</p>
</handDesc>
<handDesc hands="3">
 <handNote xml:id="Eirsp-1scope="minor">
  <p>The first part of the manuscript, <locus from="1vto="72v:4">fols
       1v-72v:4</locus>, is written in a practised Icelandic Gothic bookhand. This hand
     is not found elsewhere.</p>
 </handNote>
 <handNote xml:id="Eirsp-2scope="major">
  <p>The second part of the manuscript, <locus from="72v:4to="194v">fols
       72v:4-194</locus>, is written in a hand contemporary with the first; it can also
     be found in a fragment of <title>Knýtlinga saga</title>, <ref>AM 20b II
       fol.</ref>.</p>
 </handNote>
 <handNote xml:id="Eirsp-3scope="minor">
  <p>The third hand has written the majority of the chapter headings. This hand has
     been identified as the one also found in <ref>AM 221 fol.</ref>.</p>
 </handNote>
</handDesc>

24. <decoDesc> examples

<decoDesc>
 <p>The decoration comprises two full page miniatures, perhaps added by the original
   owner, or slightly later; the original major decoration consists of twenty-three
   large miniatures, illustrating the divisions of the Passion narrative and the start
   of the major texts, and the major divisions of the Hours; seventeen smaller
   miniatures, illustrating the suffrages to saints; and seven historiated initials,
   illustrating the pericopes and major prayers.</p>
</decoDesc>
<decoDesc>
 <decoNote type="miniatures">
  <p>Fourteen large miniatures with arched tops, above five lines of text: <list>
    <item>
     <locus>fol. 14r</locus>Pericopes. <term>St. John writing on Patmos</term>,
         with the Eagle holding his ink-pot and pen-case; some flaking of pigment,
         especially in the sky</item>
    <item>
     <locus>fol. 26r</locus>Hours of the Virgin, Matins. <term>Annunciation</term>;
         Gabriel and the Dove to the right</item>
    <item>
     <locus>fol. 60r</locus>Prime. <term>Nativity</term>; the <term>Virgin and
           Joseph adoring the Child</term>
    </item>
    <item>
     <locus>fol. 66r</locus>Terce. <term>Annunciation to the Shepherds</term>, one
         with <term>bagpipes</term>
    </item>
<!-- ... -->
   </list>
  </p>
 </decoNote>
</decoDesc>

25. <musicNotation>

<musicNotation>
 <p>Square notation on 4-line red staves.</p>
</musicNotation>
<musicNotation>
 <p>Neumes in campo aperto of the St. Gall type.</p>
</musicNotation>

26. <additions>

The <additions> element can be used to list or describe any additions to the manuscript, such as marginalia, scribblings, doodles, etc., which are considered to be of interest or importance.

<additions>
 <p>The text of this manuscript is not interpolated with sentences from Royal decrees
   promulgated in 1294, 1305 and 1314. In the margins, however, another somewhat later
   scribe has added the relevant paragraphs of these decrees, see pp. 8, 24, 44, 47
   etc.</p>
 <p>As a humorous gesture the scribe in one opening of the manuscript, pp. 36 and 37,
   has prolonged the lower stems of one letter f and five letters þ and has them
   drizzle down the margin.</p>
</additions>

27. <bindingDesc>

<bindingDesc> (binding description) describes the present and former bindings of a manuscript, either as a series of paragraphs or as a series of distinct binding elements, one for each binding of the manuscript.

<binding> contains a description of one binding, i.e. type of covering, boards, etc. applied to a manuscript

<bindingDesc>
 <p>Sewing not visible; tightly rebound over 19th-century pasteboards, reusing panels
   of 16th-century brown leather with gilt tooling à la fanfare, Paris c. 1580-90, the
   centre of each cover inlaid with a 17th-century oval medallion of red morocco tooled
   in gilt (perhaps replacing the identifying mark of a previous owner); the spine
   similarly tooled, without raised bands or title-piece; coloured endbands; the edges
   of the leaves and boards gilt. Boxed.</p>
</bindingDesc>
<bindingDesc>
 <binding contemporary="false">
  <p>Quarter bound by the Phillipps' binder, Bretherton, with his sticker on the front
     pastedown.</p>
 </binding>
 <binding contemporary="false">
  <p>Rebound by an unknown 19th c. company; edges cropped and gilt.</p>
 </binding>
</bindingDesc>

28. Decorations on binding

Within a binding description, the element <decoNote> is available, as an alternative to <p>, for paragraphs dealing exclusively with information about decorative features of a binding, as in the following example:
<binding>
 <p>Bound, s. XVIII (?), in <material>diced russia leather</material> retaining most of
   the original 15th century metal ornaments (but with some replacements) as well as
   the heavy wooden boards.</p>
 <decoNote>
  <p>On each cover: alternating circular stamps of the Holy Monogram, a sunburst, and
     a flower.</p>
 </decoNote>
 <decoNote>
  <p>On the cornerpieces, one of which is missing, a rectangular stamp of the Agnus
     Dei.</p>
 </decoNote>
 <p>Rebacked during the 19th century.</p>
</binding>

29. <sealDesc>

<sealDesc> (seal description) supplies information about the seal(s) attached to documents to guarantee their integrity, or to show authentication of the issuer or consent of the participants, either as a series of paragraphs or as a series of distinct seal elements, possibly with additional decoNotes.

<seal> contains a description of one seal or similar attachment applied to a manuscript

<sealDesc>
 <seal n="1type="pendantsubtype="cauda_duplex">
  <p>Round seal of <name>Anders Olufsen</name> in black wax: <bibl>
    <ref>DAS 930</ref>
   </bibl>. Parchment tag, on which is written: <quote>pertinere nos predictorum
       placiti nostri iusticarii precessorum dif</quote>.</p>
 </seal>
 <seal n="2type="pendantsubtype="cauda_duplex">
  <p>The seal of <name>Jens Olufsen</name> in black wax: <bibl>
    <ref>DAS 1061</ref>
   </bibl>. Legend: <quote>S IOHANNES OLAVI</quote>. Parchment tag on which is
     written: <quote>Woldorp Iohanne G</quote>.</p>
 </seal>
</sealDesc>

30. <accMat>

<accMat> (accompanying material) contains details of any significant additional material which may be closely associated with the manuscript being described, such as non-contemporaneous documents or fragments bound in with the manuscript at some earlier historical period.

<accMat> A copy of a tax form from 1947 is included in the envelope with the letter. It
is not catalogued separately. </accMat>

31. <history>

<history> groups elements describing the full history of a manuscript or manuscript part.

<history> contents:

  • <origin> contains any descriptive or other information concerning the origin of a manuscript or manuscript part.
  • <provenance> contains any descriptive or other information concerning a single identifiable episode during the history of a manuscript manuscript part, after its creation but before its acquisition.
  • <acquisition> contains any descriptive or other information concerning the process by which a manuscript or manuscript part entered the holding institution.

32. Example

<history>
 <origin>
  <p>Written in <origPlace>England</origPlace> in the <origDate notAfter="1300notBefore="1200">13th cent. </origDate>
  </p>
 </origin>
 <provenance>
  <p>On fol. 54v very faint is <q>Iste liber est fratris guillelmi de buria de <gap/>
       Roberti ordinis fratrum Pred<expan>icatorum</expan>
   </q>, 14th cent. (?): <q>hanauilla</q> is written at the foot of the page (15th
     cent.).</p>
 </provenance>
 <acquisition>
  <p>Bought from the rev. <name type="person">W. D. Macray</name>on <date value="1863-03-17"> March 17, 1863</date>, for 1pound 10s.</p>
 </acquisition>
</history>

33. <additional>

groups additional information, comprising bibliographic information about a manuscript, its current curatorial status, and any other associated materials.

<additional> contents:
  • <adminInfo> (administrative information) contains information about the present custody and availability of the manuscript, and also about the record description itself.
  • <surrogates> contains information about any digital or photographic representations of the manuscript being described which may exist in the holding institution or elsewhere.
  • <listBibl> (citation list) contains a list of bibliographic citations of any kind.

34. Example

<additional>
 <adminInfo>
  <recordHist/>
  <custodialHist/>
 </adminInfo>
 <surrogates/>
 <listBibl/>
</additional>

35. <msPart>

contains information about an originally distinct manuscript or part of a manuscript, now forming part of a composite manuscript.

<msDesc>
 <msIdentifier>
  <settlement>Amiens</settlement>
  <repository>Bibliothèque Municipale</repository>
  <idno>MS 3</idno>
  <msName>Maurdramnus Bible</msName>
 </msIdentifier>
<!-- other elements here -->
 <msPart>
  <altIdentifier>
   <idno>MS 6</idno>
  </altIdentifier>
<!-- other information specific to this part here -->
 </msPart>
 <msPart>
  <altIdentifier>
   <idno>MS 7</idno>
  </altIdentifier>
<!-- other information specific to this part here -->
 </msPart>
 <msPart>
  <altIdentifier>
   <idno>MS 9</idno>
  </altIdentifier>
<!-- other information specific to this part here -->
 </msPart>
<!-- other msParts here --> - Hide quoted text -
</msDesc>

36. <msPart> example

<msDesc>
 <msIdentifier>
  <msName xml:lang="la">Codex Suprasliensis</msName>
 </msIdentifier>
 <msPart>
  <altIdentifier type="partial">
   <settlement>Ljubljana</settlement>
   <repository>Narodna in univerzitetna knjiznica</repository>
   <idno>MS Kopitar 2</idno>
   <note>Contains ff. 10 to 42 only</note>
  </altIdentifier>
 </msPart>
 <msPart>
  <altIdentifier type="partial">
   <settlement>Warszawa</settlement>
   <repository>Biblioteka Narodowa</repository>
   <idno>BO 3.201</idno>
  </altIdentifier>
 </msPart>
 <msPart>
  <altIdentifier type="partial">
   <settlement>Sankt-Peterburg</settlement>
   <repository>Rossiiskaia natsional'naia biblioteka</repository>
   <idno>Q.p.I.72</idno>
  </altIdentifier>
 </msPart>
</msDesc>

37. Phrase level elements

The following phrase level elements are introduced by inclusion of the Manuscript Description module:
  • <catchwords> describes the system used to ensure correct ordering of the quires making up a codex or incunable, typically by means of annotations at the foot of the page.
  • <dimensions> contains any kind of dimensional specification.
  • <heraldry> contains a heraldic formula or phrase, typically found as part of a blazon, coat of arms, etc.
  • <locus> defines a location within a manuscript or manuscript part, usually as a (possibly discontinuous) sequence of folio references.
  • <material> contains a word or phrase describing the material of which a manuscript (or part of a manuscript) is composed.
  • <watermark> contains a word or phrase describing a watermark or similar device.
  • <origDate> contains any form of date, used to identify the date of origin for a manuscript or manuscript part.
  • <origPlace> contains any form of place name, used to identify the place of origin for a manuscript or manuscript part.
  • <secFol> The word or words taken from a fixed point in a codex (typically the beginning of the second leaf) in order to provide a unique identifier for it.
  • <signatures> contains discussion of the leaf or quire signatures found within a codex.

38. <msDesc> summary

The Manuscript Description module provides a significant benefit to those cataloguing manuscripts

It can also be used by those who simply want to record a lot less information

It is an outgrowth of significant work done on electronic manuscript cataloguing and reflects the needs of librarians and archivists

Looking forward to TEI P5 1.1, the tei is always interested in suggestions for improvements in the future. (Post to TEI-L)

39. Next...?

Next James will give us an extremely brief summary of some of the important chapters.



Dot Porter. Date: 2007-10-31
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