Pecia system

A system of renting out textbooks to university students for studying or copying to make their own manuscripts.

A system used from the thirteenth century on, in which university-approved exemplars of texts were divided into sections and were hired out by stationers to scribes for copying (pecia means 'piece' in Latin). Not all books, even those for school use, were subject to the pecia system. The sections often carried an abbreviation of the word pecia (for example, pa) and a numeral, written inconspicuously in the margin.

  • French:
    Pecia; Pičce
  • German:
    Pecia, Pecien
  • Italian:
  • Spanish:

Michelle Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, c1994).