contains a description of the physical condition of the document.
Attributes: id, lang
Part of: physicalDesc
Differences between documents and manuscripts?
MASTER: The <condition> element may be used to summarize the overall physical state of a manuscript, in particular where such information is not recorded elsewhere in the description. It should not however be used to describe changes or repairs to a manuscript; these are more appropriately described as a part of its custodial history. <condition> <p>The text begins and ends defective, and there are two lacunae toward the end. What was originally the first leaf of the first quire, numbered 1a, has been cut away, leaving a strip approximately 15 mm wide; one to two letters, in some places on the verso up to four, remain of each line. The manuscript contains a large number of erasures, possibly by the scribe, possibly by a later hand, but in any case for the most part unfilled in; for example on f. 3ra, lines 15-6 there are two erasures, the first of perhaps 16 the second of six characters, and four lines of text have been erased on f. 5vb following l. 21. In addition, there are several spaces that appear never to have been filled in, e.g. f. 13vb, l. 24, where enough space for about eight letters has been left blank by the scribe. </p></condition>
(GV, 2004-04-11 09:58:50)
(MASTER, 2004-06-15 13:28:30)
The English proper expression would be state of conservation (note that, while conservation refers to the physical condition of the document exclusively, preservation is a much broader term)
(Luciana Duranti, 2007-02-18 10:34:16)
(TEI, 2007-02-18 10:34:25)