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Codicology is the study of codices (sing. codex), i.e. of handwritten books from the classical and mediaeval period. Formerly, codicology was a part of palaography palaeography, but in recent times, palaeography has been defined as the study of handwritten script, while codicology is the study of early books as such. Codicology thus is akin to the modern study of books, but it has a focus on the handwritten aspects of book-making as opposed to the study of printed books.

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