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- n. A form of calligraphy, in medieval manuscripts, in which added text was coloured in red
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A making red; specifically, the act of illuminating with red or colored letters, words, etc., as old manuscripts and books.
- n. That which is rubricated, or done in red; a letter, word, or other part of a text separately executed in red, or, in general, in color.
- n. The act of formulating, as a rubric; arranging as or with rubrics.
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Embellishing a religious text with red letters notes, marginal symbols, above all, directions to the pious is rubrication, from the Latin rubricare, which means “to color red.”
Two - to six-line spaces left for initials, but the present copy is without rubrication.
Two - to five-line spaces for capitals, with guide-letters, in both texts, but no rubrication.
The rubrication of the present copy is not only elaborate but also of unusual merit.
On the same evening Mrs. Bassett was disagreeably impressed by Harwood's obvious rubrication in Mrs. Owen's good books.
I knew, from conversation with the publication committee, the style of type and rubrication, and could see the cover through the wrapper of my sealed copy.
As to the question which hymns, early or late, be due to poetic feeling, and which to ritualistic mechanism or servile imitation, this can indeed be decided by a judgment based only on the literary quality, never on the accident of subsequent rubrication.
In II. 38, an evening song to Savitar, there are inner signs that the hymn was made for rubrication, but here some fine verses occur: "The god extends his vast hand, his arms above there -- and all here obeys him; to his command the waters move, and even the winds 'blowing ceases on all sides."
But no less incorrect is it to assert that the Rig Veda represents a period when hymns are made only for rubrication by priests that sing only for baksheesh.
That the rubrication of titles, however, was somewhat of a luxury may be gathered from the complaint of
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