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A. N. Doane


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The header of each fiche includes the following information, on two lines: (1) assigned catalogue number; city, library, and shelfmark;1 ASM volume and sequence number; fiche number; (2) Ker number,2 Gneuss number,3 and short title or indication of contents. The layout is as follows:

177. London, BL, Cotton Caligula A. vii                                  ASM 2.11 1
Ker 137, Gneuss 308                                                                       Heliand

The following sigla and abbreviations are used:

<  >______________________expansions, e.g., d<e>i

[   ]______________________supplied; when blank, used to indicate missing text

(   )_______________________erasure

|_________________________line end

||________________________page end

/__________________________used to separate folio numbers from line numbers, e.g., f. 154v/13a-6b = folio 154v, line 13, column a to line 6, column b

a, b, etc._________________indicate columns, e.g., f. 154v/13a-6b

“  ”______________________customary title

‘   ’______________________incipit, explicit, gloss

F./f.____________________ folio

Ff./ff/_________________ folios

r______________________ recto

v______________________ verso

c______________________ century, e.g., 15c, 10/11c

chap(s).______________ chapters(s)

corr. __________________Corrected

d.______________________ died, e.g., d. 998

fl.______________________ Floruit

boldface______________ used for titles or headings written in manuscripts Anglo-Saxon

A-S____________________ Anglo-Saxon

OE_____________________ Old  English

PG. ____________________Patrologia Graeca

PL______________________ Patrologia Latina


1 British Library manuscripts are indicated by the common abbreviation "BL"; for manuscripts in the Bodleian Library the abbreviation "Bodl. Lib." will be used.
2 N. R. Ker, Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957; repr. with supplement 1990).
3 Helmut Gneuss, •A preliminary list of manuscripts written or owned in England up to 1100," Anglo-Saxon England 9 (1981): 1-60.

In cases where Ker's dating of a manuscript is cited, readers should note that dating is indicated by quarter-century intervals; thus, s. x/xi, s. x1, s. x med., s. x1-. A full explanation is given in his Catalogue of Manuscripts
Containing Anglo-Saxon, p. xx.
Some descriptions include "Photo Notes" that compare the microform reproduction with the original manuscript, indicating readings visible in the original, but not on the microfiche. In this section, italics are used to indicate words and letters visible in the gutter (i.e., binding margin) of the manuscript but not visible in the reproduction.

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