document written by hand
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A manuscript is any document that is written by hand, not printed or made in some other way. The early history of writing is intimately connected with the history of writing materials, of which the manuscript is one.[1] Early printing made use of many ideas which developed in the era of manuscripts.[2][3]b

Christ Pantocrator seated in a capital "U" in a manuscript from the Badische Landesbibliothek, Germany.


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  2. De Hamel, Christopher 1986. A history of illuminated manuscripts. London: Phaidon. ISBN 0 7148 2949 8
  3. Gray, Nicolete 1986. A history of lettering: creative experiment and letter identity. Oxford: Phaidon. ISBN 0-7148-2334-1