MMFC:Lists/Collation characteristics

From Manual - MMFC. Medieval Manuscripts in Flemish Collections


1 Collation marking types

Collation marking types
Term Definition Example
Catchwords Written words at the bottom of the final page of a quire that match the first few word of the subsequent quire, facilitating the maintenance of the correct binding order of the quires. example of a catchword
Quire numbers Numbering system of the quires to help maintain the correct binding order of the quires. The numbers are normally added to the outer bifolium of the quire, so on the recto of the first leaf or the verso of the final leaf. They are mostly found in the top or lower margin, sometimes in both. example of a quire number
Quire signatures A numbering system to help maintain the correct binding order of the double-leaves in each quire. It mostly combines a letter or symbol, which identifies the quires, with a number, which identifies the double-leaf. Quire signatures are normally only entered on each double-leaf, so that only half of the leaves in a quire would show such signatures. They are typically found in the lower margin on the recto sides of the leaves in the first half of the quire. example of a quire signature

2 Parchment side types

Parchment side types
Term Definition Example
Flesh side The side of a sheet of parchment that was originally facing the inward of the animal. The flesh side can be discerned by certain innate qualities like a lighter color than the opposite side of the folio, a finer texture, the absence of pores and hair follicles. example of flesh side
Hair side The side of a sheet of parchment that was originally facing the outside of the animal. The hair side can be discerned by certain innate qualities like a (slightly) darker color than the opposite side of the folio, a coarser texture, the presence of pores and hair follicles. example of hair side

3 Foliation types

Foliation types
Term Definition Example
Medieval foliation example of medieval foliation
Medieval foliation (opening) example of medieval foliation (opening)
Modern foliation example of modern foliation
Pagination example of pagination
No numbering example of no numbering