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choosing a writing support
making quires and sheets
preparing the page
copying the text
correcting the text
decorating the book
binding the book
using the book
> Using the Book> Nota

Note to self

While the bookmark guided the reader to
an important chapter or text, the nota-sign
marked a significant passage or sentence on
the page. From time to time readers noticed
something in the text worth highlighting. In
such cases they wrote the Latin "nota" in the
margin, which means to "examine" or "inspect".
While some of these nota-signs may have served
as a reminder to check something, others appear to
express a more generic "attention!" - like the manicula

As this example shows, the sign is not written like a normal
word. Rather, its four letters are reshuffled and stretched so
as to form a unique symbol. This was likely done to distinguish
a reader's passages from those marked by other users of the
book, such as his fellow brethren in the monastery.