- the study of the handwritings of the past, and often the manuscripts as well, so that they may be dated, read, etc, and may serve as historical and literary sources
- a handwriting of the past
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The science of palaeography deals with the former, while epigraphy is concerned with the latter.Illuminated Manuscripts in Classical and Mediaeval Times
J. Henry Middleton
In 1871 he became professor of palaeography at the cole des Chartes.
The word is applied in palaeography to a unit of measure in MSS., amounting in length to a hexameter line.
Palaeography, history and Romance languages are among the other subjects to which especial importance is given.