Definition of term:: Manuscript

  • The original form of a book, story, or poem, as it was created by the author. Manuscripts can take many forms and can have many versions, or drafts. Dealers should be careful to determine the nature or priority of manuscripts that they offer for sale, although this isn’t always so easy, especially with the advent of computer generated manuscripts. The most satisfying and least problematic manuscripts for collectors and dealers alike are those which exhibit work in the hand of the author – corrections, deletions, new passages inserted, or altered, etc.
Danish: Manuskript, handskrift
Dutch: Manuscript, handschrift
French: Manuscrit
German: Manuskript
Italian: Manoscritto
Spanish: Manuscrito
Swedish: Manuskript
Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources