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Artist: Name of artist(s), using the Getty Union List of Artist Names as the name authority.
Author: Authorized name of author and other associated authorial names with applicable code, e.g. Translators (Tr), Glossators (Gl), Commentor (Com).  Names follow Library of Congress guidelines, though exceptions are sometimes made if the author is better known by another name.
Author (variant): Name given in the data source if different from name given in the AUTHOR.
Binding: Description of binding.
Buyer or Recipient: Name of buyer or recipient of a donation, if known, in a transaction.
Catalogue or Transaction date: Records date (yyyy/mm/dd) of sale catalogue, publication date of institutional catalogue, date of private and/or unpublished transaction if known.
Catalogue ID: Title or identifying statement of a catalogue.
Circa: Descriptive code to qualify approximate date given in DATE.  The following codes are used: C (circa); Ccent (circa a century); C?(very uncertain circa); C1H (circa first half of century); C2H (circa second half of century); C1Q (circa first quarter of century), C2Q (circa second quarter of century); C3Q (circa third quarter of century); C4Q (circa fourth quarter of century); Cearly (circa early part of century); Clate (circa late part of century); Cmid (circa middle of century).
Number of columns in text block.
Comments: Comments or other distinguishing characteristics, such as the notes on provenance or the physical structure of a manuscript, including an explanation of the physical relationships among various texts and/or parts of a miscellany, etc.
Currency: Includes 3-digit standard currency abbreviation, e.g. USD for American dollars, GBP for British pounds, EUR for euros, etc. and prices in outdated currencies.
Current Location: Current location of manuscript, if known, including shelfmark, if known.
Date: Year that the manuscript was created. Dates given in century form are entered as follows: formula: 15th century = 1450, 14th century = 1350; 13th century = 1250, etc.  Qualified in CIRCA field.
Decorated Initials: Number of initials with non-representational decoration.
Duplicates: Linkable ID numbers to related records in the database.
Number of folios in codex.
Full-page Miniatures: Number of miniatures comprising the full area of the text block prescribed by the layout of a manuscript.
Height: The height of a manuscript in millimeters.
Historiated Initials: Number of initials with representational imagery.
Institution or Collection: Name of institution or private collector holding or receiving a manuscript in a given transaction.  Used if data comes from an institutional catalogue; if there is a cited recipient in a published or non-published transaction; or if an institution is identified in a secondary source.

Unique identification number assigned to each record.

Language: Language(s) identified in a manuscript.
Liturgical Use: Liturgical use for a liturgical text (e.g. missal, breviary, antiphonary, etc.) or a book of hours.
Lot or cat. #: Lot or catalogue number.
Material: Physical material on which the text is written (e.g. paper (P) or parchment (V)).
Place: Geographical location where the manuscript was produced.
Price: Amount paid for manuscript. Numerical values only.
Primary Seller:
Name of auction house, dealer, or private seller.  Used if the transaction represents a sale or attempt at a sale or represents an exchange between one individual or institution to another.
Provenance: Names of previous and current owners as known.
Scribe: Name of scribe(s) as given in data source.
Secondary Seller:
Name of private collector or institution selling manuscripts through an auction house or dealer (included in facet list under SELLER).
Small Miniatures: Number of miniatures that are less than half of prescribed layout.
Indicates if a sale took place with “yes” or “no”.
Source: Secondary source of transaction data.  This field is used when identifying source of data imported from an electronic source or data taken from printed source that records data from a primary transaction source.  Examples are “Jordanus”, for an electronic source, or “De Ricci, vol. X, p. XXXX, no. XXX”.
Title: Title of text(s).
Unspecified Miniatures: Number of miniatures of unspecified size.
Url: Url link to related website or digital image if one is known to exist.
Width: The width of a manuscript in millimeters.