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Aberdeen

Aberdeen  

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Literature
A royal burgh (1178) with two universities by 1600, became a significant port and developed a range of industries after 1750, including linen, cotton and woollens, shipbuilding and engineering, ...
Adam

Adam  

Chaucer's scribe (see book), the subject of the poem Adam (sometimes called ‘Adam Scriveyn’ or, from the rubric in the only surviving MS, 'Chaucers Wordes unto Adam, His Owne Scriveyn) ...
Arabic manuscripts

Arabic manuscripts  

Arabic manuscripts copied between the 8th and the 15th c. (the earliest codex is datable to 843, but several fragments date back in all probability a century earlier) may number ...
Arabic papyri

Arabic papyri  

Employed from at least 2000 bc in Egypt, its land of origin, the papyrus was used by the Arabs following their conquest of that country in 640. Its Islamic utilization ...
Areopagitica

Areopagitica  

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Literature
A tract championing freedom of the press by John Milton, published in 1644. The title imitates the Areopagiticus of the Greek orator Isocrates (436–338 bc). Attempting (unsuccessfully) to persuade ...
Berry, Jean, duc de

Berry, Jean, duc de  

 (1340–1416)Son of Jean II of France and greatest bibliophile of his time. He hired the Lombard illuminator Pietro da Verona as his librarian, and owned historical texts, romances, and ...
bibliophobia

bibliophobia  

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OED’s only citation for this term is in a work of that title by Dibdin in 1832; it is defined it as a ‘Dread of, or aversion to, books’. The ...
Book

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
414 words

(βιβλίον, βίβλος, δέλτος). The written word was of great importance in Byz., for the transmission of the Bible (the biblos

book

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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Current Version:
2005

Chaucer lived in the age of the manuscript book (printing with movable type was invented in the 15th c., and

book

book   Quick reference

World Encyclopedia

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
158 words

Primarily a bound volume of printed pages, it may also be a division within a book (as in the Bible

book

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, History
Length:
451 words

Apparently deriving from forms of the Germanic bok, originally meaning ‘beech’ (the wood of that tree traditionally providing the

Book

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
469 words

During late Antiquity, the use and production of books declined to the point where they no longer existed except in

book

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006

a book is the emblem of St Anne, St Augustine, St Bernard, and other saints.

Recorded from Old English (in form ...

book of Hours

book of Hours  

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A personal devotional book for the rich medieval laity, containing prayers for each of the eight times of prayer of the daily liturgy. They were often beautifully illuminated. See John Harthan, Books ...
Book Trade

Book Trade  

In the strict sense hardly ever existed in Byz., in contrast to the flourishing book production and distribution of late antiquity. There was a certain market for old and rare ...
book (1)

book (1)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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

A word that has long been used interchangeably and variously to signify any of the many kinds of text that

book (2)

book (2)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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

The word ‘book’ is often used in the sense of *chapter or part, to signify a subdivision of a whole

Books

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A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
143 words

Although Jewish literature embraces many fields, Jewish books, until modern times and the rise of Jewish secularism, were complied

Books

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The Oxford Companion to Australian History

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
1,819 words

are the principal tools of historians both for storing information and for disseminating their work to the reading public. The

Byzantine Manuscripts

Byzantine Manuscripts  

Our knowledge of the places and circumstances of copying of Byzantine manuscripts, like that of their history and circulation, is based esentially on examination of the Books themselves. Documents ...

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