Dear Matthew and David,

we indeed discussed in the Council and on the MS SIG since I remember it the need of broadening <msDesc> to become a text-baring-objects-desc (<TBODesc>) to conclude that <msDesc> (and indeed any <ms*> elements) should be used for all TBOs. Therefore the definition of <msDesc> has loosed its semantic and the <msItem> element may now contain elements that are normally found in a printed <titlePage>, such as, for instance, <docImprint>, <byline> and the like. To my knowledge <msDesc> is widely used in libraries to catalogue incunabula and other early printed books.
It is not an ideal solution, but we thought that backward compatibility was to be preserved in this case, considering the massive number of records already existing.


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Le 29 oct. 2018 à 12:17, Matthew James Driscoll <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> a écrit :

Dear David,

If the contents are mostly handwritten I would certainly catalogue the entire item as a manuscript – and have done so, such hybrid items not being unknown among the Icelandic stuff I work with. It’s more questionable when the contents are mostly printed, for example when a handwritten leaf has been added to replace a printed leaf which has gone missing (also common enough). Then I would be tempted to treat it as a printed item, but again it would depend on the proportion of printed to handwritten material.


From: TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) public discussion list <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> On Behalf Of Birnbaum, David J
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Subject: Convolutes of manuscript and imprint?

Dear TEI-L,

The library of the Zograph Monastery (Mt. Athos) contains convolutes in which manuscripts and imprints are bound together. If these books contained only manuscript material, the parent would be <msDesc>, the cataloguing metadata would fit comfortably into the <msIdentifier> child of <msDesc>, and each of the components of the convolute would be an <msPart> child of <msDesc>. The complication here is that the book is neither manuscript nor imprint, and it incorporates content items of both types.

Calling an imprint an <msPart> seems wrong because it isn’t a manuscript, and, for that matter, this detail makes me anxious about whether the parent should be <msDesc>, since what we are describing, as the catalogued item in the monastery library is not strictly (that is, entirely) a manuscript. Yet <msDesc> and <msPart> seem like the obvious choice if we close our eyes to the incorporation of imprint material into the convolute, and <msIdentifier> seems to be a property of the book as a whole—except, of course, for the fact that it isn’t properly a manuscript.

So: How might we proceed with eyes wide open?