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A finding aid, usually in the form of a pointing hand, manicules are used in both printed and manuscript form to signal a significant section in a work. Both forms can be found in Bolton Library B.19.31. Manuscript forms may reflect the personality, indeed the status of their maker: compare the very simple examples in this commentary on the Psalms, their efficient use in this alchemical treatise, and the fancy and the stern examples in Bolton Library Q.9.2 and Q.9.5.




Manuscript music in a confession of faith, printed music rounded off in manuscript in a rare processional, the part-songs of Orazio Vecchi and Thomas Whythorne, the lutenist strumming on the title page of a work by the Venerable Bede, music theory in a medieval encyclopaedia and Boethius, the lawfulness of organ music in church, a 19th century chorister’s book, notated antiphoner and gradual waste … to name but a few.