MMFC:Lists/Readers' annotations

From Manual - MMFC. Medieval Manuscripts in Flemish Collections


Term Definition Example
Reader's note Any types of note written by a reader concerning the content of the manuscript.
Gent, Universiteitsbibliotheek, HS.0072, fol. 5v. Annotations made by a reader in the margins and the intercolumnar space.
Manicula Little hand in the margins drawn by a reader to direct the attention to a particular passage.
Paris, BnF, Ms. Fr. 12584, fol. 26v.
Probatio pennae Pen trial, either in the form of doodles or of words or short sentences written by the scribe to test out a newly cut or sharpened quill.
Gent, Universiteitsbibliotheek, HS.0244, fol. xliii v.
Inscription Any type of inscription present in the manuscript that is not the result of a reading of the manuscript and that does therefore not relate to its content. This includes ownership inscriptions, inscriptions about the purchase of the book, or any other kind of inscription not related to the content.
Hasselt, Bibliotheek Hasselt Limburg, Oude Drukken en Handschriften, HS-D-0008, fol. 1r: motto added in the top margin.