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Locating Primary Sources of Music in Libraries and Archives: Foreign Terms

A guide for identifying and locating primary manuscript (and early edition) sources by using RISM and other tools.

Foreign Terms

Manuscript

Abbreviation: MS (singular), MSS (plural)

German: Handschrift (abbreviation.: Hs.)

French: manuscrit

Collection

German: Sammlung

French: recueil

Folio

Term used for the leaves/pages of a manuscript.

Abbreviation: f.

Edition

German: Ausgabe (abbreviation: Ausg.)

French: edition

Editor

German: Herausgeber

French: redacteur

Publication, Printing

German: Druck

French: imprime

Publisher

German: Verlag

French: editeur

Library

German: Bibliothek. Bibliotheksigel: library's symbol used in RISM

French: bibliotheque

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