<msDesc>

<msDesc> (manuscript description) contains a description of a single identifiable manuscript or other text-bearing object such as early printed books. [10.1. Overview]
Modulemsdescription
AttributesAttributes att.global (@xml:id, @n, @xml:lang, @xml:base, @xml:space) (att.global.rendition (@rend, @style, @rendition)) (att.global.linking (@corresp, @synch, @sameAs, @copyOf, @next, @prev, @exclude, @select)) (att.global.analytic (@ana)) (att.global.facs (@facs)) (att.global.change (@change)) (att.global.responsibility (@cert, @resp)) (att.global.source (@source)) att.sortable (@sortKey) att.typed (@type, @subtype) att.declaring (@decls) att.docStatus (@status)
Member of
Contained by
dictionaries: form
figures: figure
linking: standOff
msdescription: msItem
textcrit: lem rdg
textstructure: body div epigraph
May contain
Declaration
element msDesc
{
   tei_att.global.attributes,
   tei_att.sortable.attributes,
   tei_att.typed.attributes,
   tei_att.declaring.attributes,
   tei_att.docStatus.attributes,
   (
      tei_msIdentifier,
      tei_model.headLike*,
      (
         tei_model.pLike+
       | (
            tei_msContents?,
            tei_physDesc?,
            tei_history?,
            tei_additional?,
            ( tei_msPart* | tei_msFrag* )
         )
      )
   )
}
Example
<msDesc>
 <msIdentifier>
  <settlement>Oxford</settlement>
  <repository>Bodleian Library</repository>
  <idno type="Bod">MS Poet. Rawl. D. 169.</idno>
 </msIdentifier>
 <msContents>
  <msItem>
   <author>Geoffrey Chaucer</author>
   <title>The Canterbury Tales</title>
  </msItem>
 </msContents>
 <physDesc>
  <objectDesc>
   <p>A parchment codex of 136 folios, measuring approx
       28 by 19 inches, and containing 24 quires.</p>
   <p>The pages are margined and ruled throughout.</p>
   <p>Four hands have been identified in the manuscript: the first 44
       folios being written in two cursive anglicana scripts, while the
       remainder is for the most part in a mixed secretary hand.</p>
  </objectDesc>
 </physDesc>
</msDesc>
Note

Although the msDesc has primarily been designed with a view to encoding manuscript descriptions, it may also be used for other objects such as early printed books, fasicles, epigraphs, or any text-bearing objects that require substantial description. If an object is not text-bearing or the reasons for describing the object is not primarily the textual content, the more general object may be more suitable.