The catalogue entries in St. Laurentius Digital Library are headed by a summary/title statement that also includes material, number of leaves, place and date of origin and language. The alphabet, unless otherwise stated, is Latin. If the manuscript is dated, the date is given in parenthesis after the date by century. A composite manuscript can have several dates; the separate parts are presented with their own complete descriptions.
Each catalogue entry has four parts:
1. an internal description, i.e. a description of the contents
This is divided into Arabic-numbered 'items' corresponding to textual divisions. The span of occupied leaves is given, followed by a reference to a printed edition, if appropriate. For non-edited texts or corrupt texts the first and last words are given.
2. an external (or physical or codicological) description, i.e. a description of the book as a physical object
The physical description is arranged according to the presumed order of production: material, number of leaves (with flyleaves in Roman numerals), foliation, dimensions of leaves in mm. (height x width; figures are approximations since the size of leaves always varies), quiring; the quire analysis is given according to a formula: quire number in Roman numeral followed by the number of leaves in Arabic numeral followed by the span of folios within parenthesis, e.g. 1: 10 (ff. 1-10) means that the first quire is a quinion and goes from f. 1 to f. 10; catchwords and quire signatures, pricking and ruling, script, watermarks, decoration (general descriptions and detailed) and binding.
3. the history of the manuscript
The third part presents the history of the manuscript: its origin and its later provenances.
4. a bibliography
The bibliography refers to the book as a physical object rather than to the text. It does not include non-specialized references to the manuscript.
Last modified 6 Mar 2009
Mh 15. The Codex Reenhielmianus