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literacy, Jewish

literacy, Jewish  

Rates of literacy among medieval Jews cannot be precisely determined, especially because of reliance on written sources. Surviving texts indicate not the percentage of literate people but the rate of ...
rune

rune  

A letter of an ancient Germanic alphabet, related to the Roman alphabet; the original runic alphabet dates from at least the 2nd or 3rd century, and was formed by modifying the letters of the Roman ...
signature

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, History
Length:
506 words

Derived from the Latin signatum (‘something marked or signed’) and also signatura (‘the matrix of a seal’), the term ‘signature’

signature

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
39 words

Alpha-numeric indicator for the binder of the *gathering and its *bifolia—and of the gathering’s place in the sequence of

signatures

signatures   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
63 words

MS pages were unnumbered; from the end of the 12th century binders maintained their correct order by using signatures inscribed

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