bibliotics the art or science of analyzing handwriting, especially that of manuscripts, with the purpose of establishing their authorship or authenticity. —bibliotist, n. —bibliotic, adj. codicology the study of early manuscripts. —codicologist, n. —codicologic, codicological, adj. diplomatics the critical study of original historical documents, as registers, treaties, and charters, especially from medieval periods. holograph a manuscript or other document written completely in the hand of the person above whose name it appears. —holograph, holographic, adj. illumination 1. the art of decorating manuscripts with illustrations, as in the capitals, tracery, etc. 2. the decoration itself. palimpsest a parchment from which earlier writing has been partially or completely removed by scraping so that it may be used again. —palimpsestic, adj. papyrology the study of papyrus manuscripts. —papyrologist, n. —papyrological, adj. scriptorium a room in a monastery for the writing or copying of manuscripts. scrivenery the art and practice of the scrivener or copyist. —scrivener, n.
- plural form of manuscript