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Area 1B2 Version 6a Outtakes

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Introductory paragraph:


Most manuscripts do not have a formal title. Even when a formal title is present, the title serves more to identify the manuscript than to distinguish one manifestation or version of the text from others. In many cases, there are no other manifestations or versions; the one that confronts the cataloger is unique. Manuscripts also usually have no explicit designation on the title page to identify which manifestation or version of the text the manuscript represents, if there is more than one. For these reasons, the need to indicate precisely which letters in the title the cataloger may have interpolated or omitted is generally less acute for manuscripts than for print material. Title transcription should be accurate but need not be painstaking (see 1B2.1).

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