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One-Volume Libraries: Composite and Multiple-Text Manuscripts

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Book Series: Studies in Manuscript Cultures ISSN: 2365-970X ISBN: 9783110496956 9783110495591 Year: Volume: 9 Pages: xxxii, 354 DOI: 10.1515/9783110496956 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Library and Information Science
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Composite and multiple-text manuscripts are traditionally studied for their individual texts, but recent trends in codicology have paved the way for a more comprehensive approach: Manuscripts are unique artefacts which reveal how they were produced and used as physical objects. While multiple-text manuscripts codicologically are to be considered as production units, i.e. they were originally planned and realized in order to carry more than one text, composites consist of formerly independent codicological units and were put together at a later stage with intentions that might be completely different from those of its original parts. Both sub-types of manuscripts are still sometimes called "miscellanies", a term relating to the texts only. The codicological difference is important for reconstructing why and how these manuscripts which in many cases resemble (or contain) a small library were produced and used. Contributions on the manuscript cultures of China, India, Africa, the Islamic world and European traditions lead not only to the conclusion that "one-volume libraries" have been produced in many manuscript cultures, but allow also for the identification of certain types of uses.

The Emergence of Multiple-Text Manuscripts

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Book Series: Studies in Manuscript Cultures ISSN: 23659696 ISBN: 9783110645989 Year: Volume: 17 Pages: 373 DOI: 10.1515/9783110645989 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Selecting and excerpting, summarizing and canonizing, arranging texts and visual signs in manuscripts appear to be universal practices. This volume analyses the fascinating vicissitudes of birth and development, growth and decrease, of manuscripts consisting of more texts (‘multiple-text manuscripts’), at the example of a vast array of manuscript cultures, from the Indian, African, Christian, Islamic, and European domains.

Manuscripts and Archives. Comparative Views on Record-Keeping

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Book Series: Studies in Manuscript Cultures ISSN: 2365-9696 ISBN: 9783110541397 Year: Volume: 11 Pages: 462 DOI: 10.1515/9783110541397 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Library and Information Science
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The archive is traditionally considered the counterpart of the library, the one storing records, the other housing books. There is evidence, however, that this institutional division of labor reflects certain historical and social constellations. The present volume addresses the question of this complex interrelationship with case-studies from an impressive variety of ancient, traditional, and living cultures.

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