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Manuscript books

In history research, a "manuscript" usually means any handwritten document.

A "manuscript book" is a handwritten compilation of information, usually created by one person for his or her personal use.


Blank books (just like we have today) were sometimes sold for that purpose, or the blank pages of an appointment book could be used.

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From the book of recipes compiled by Ann Banneker in the 1800s.
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From a horse doctor's book of treatments, compiled in the early 1900s.