We often think of a handwritten work as a thing of the distance past. But I was filing some papers that I had gathered for previous projects when I ran across a copy of a rather massive paper in four segments on Šumma ālu by F. Nötscher (“Die Omen-Series ālu ina mēlê šakin,” Orientalia, NS 51-54 ). The whole thing is handwritten. Here’s a sample,
Many Assyriologists and Egyptologists once wrote all or part of the works by hand. I frequently consult a 1963 edition of René Labat’s Manuel d’Épigraphie Akkadienne and it’s all handwritten with the signs carefully hand drawn. I need to go to a library to consult a newer, still mostly handwritten, edition.