• ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS LEAF c1440 PSALMS INITIALS ELABORATE BORDER

    (The Lord keepeth thee from all evil: may the Lord keep thy soul. May the Lord keep thy coming in and thy going out; from henceforth now and forever). Original Illuminated Manuscript Book of Hours Leaf, France (Loire Valley), c. 1440-50.
    AU $525.69
    From United States
    AU $12.62 postage
    Region: Europe
    or Best Offer
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
  • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT CHOIR PSALTER LEAF Spain c. 1520 - PSALM 17, 14 INITIALS

    The manuscript text with music (on a five-line stave) was beautifully executed by hand over 450 years ago! And I shall be spotless with him: and shall keep myself from my iniquity. With the holy, thou wilt be holy; and with the innocent man thou wilt be innocent.
    AU $96.73
    From United States
    AU $11.21 postage
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Type: Illuminated ManuscriptMaterial: Parchment
  • 1880s Autograph Album WORCESTER FITCHBURG CLINTON MA. Flourished Bird CALLIGRAPH

    1880s Autograph Album WORCESTER FITCHBURG CLINTON MA. Flourished Bird CALLIGRAPH. WORCESTER, FITCHBURG, CLINTON MASSACHUSETTS. WONDERFUL 1880s GILDED AUTOGRAPH ALBUM. Gilded foredge. Spine covered with tape.
    AU $133.17
    From United States
    AU $8.41 postage
    Type: Handwritten Manuscript
    or Best Offer
    Material: Paper
    Guaranteed by Fri, Oct 26
  • MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS LEAF c1470 GOLD, PRAYERS TO SAINTS

    The two-line illuminated “E” begins: “Ecclesiam…” (Make thy church shine, we ask, O kindly Lord…). The two-line illuminated “E” begins: “Esto domine…” (Be, O Lord, the sanctificator and guardian of thy people…).
    AU $665.87
    From United States
    AU $12.62 postage
    Region: Europe
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • 1793 MANUSCRIPT WYNKOOP & Co DISTILLERS SPIRITS ALCOHOL TAXES KINGSTON NY ULSTER

    WYNKOOP & Co. Ulster County, New York. July 1, 1793. Original Manuscript.
    AU $245.32
    Estimated delivery dateEst. delivery Thu, Oct 25
    or Best Offer
    From United States
    FAST 'N FREE
    Material: Paper
  • Antique Music Manuscript Parchment Leaf Illuminated Large Antiphonal Medieval

    Double sided with a musical score.
    AU $175.23
    From United States
    AU $14.65 postage
    Type: Illuminated ManuscriptMaterial: Parchment
  • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT CHOIR PSALTER LEAF Spain c. 1520 - 14 INITIALS, PSALM 117

    The manuscript text was beautifully executed by hand over 450 years ago! This is the gate of the Lord, the just shall enter into it. This is the Lord’s doing: and it is wonderful in our eyes. “…This is the gate of the Lord, the just shall enter into it.
    AU $96.73
    From United States
    AU $11.21 postage
    Region: Europe
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • ANCIENT MANUSCRIPT HEBREW BOOK OF ESTHER ON PARCHMENT +++ PROVENANCE

    Nicely Penned +++
    AU $771.01
    From United States
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Guaranteed by Fri, Oct 26
    Type: Handwritten ManuscriptMaterial: Parchment
  • Antique 1900s AMERICAN LITERATURE MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL Book BIOGRAPHY Poe LYNN MA

    It was really well done and it must have taken him weeks to create it. It is undated but is circa 1906-1908. Coniston was published in 1906 and the next book he published was Mr. Crewes Career in 1908.
    AU $350.39
    From United States
    AU $12.34 postage
    Region: North AmericaSubject: LiteratureType: Handwritten Manuscript
  • ELABORATE ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS LEAF 1420 GOLD, BORDERS, INITIALS

    (The saints shall rejoice in glory: they shall be joyful in their beds. The high praises of God shall be in their mouth: and two-edged swords in their hands.). Praise him with sound of trumpet.).
    AU $1,254.64
    From United States
    Free postage
    Region: Europe
    or Best Offer
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
  • MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS LEAF c.1440 - HYMN, LUKE 1, GOLD!

    Text: 6th Century Hymn O Gloriosa Domina & The Canticle of Zachary (Luke 1: 68-75) The text begins part of the first stanza of the 6th century hymnO Gloriosa domina: “Qui te creavit…” ([O heaven’s glorious mistress, enthroned above the starry sky] Thou feedest with thy sacred breast thy own Creator, Lord most high. ).
    AU $385.51
    From United States
    AU $11.21 postage
    Region: Europe
    or Best Offer
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
    19 watching
  • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT MEDIEVAL BREVIARY LEAF c1300 MARK PRAYER HOMILY INITIALS

    Text: MARK 16, A PRAYER & A HOMILY BY POPE GREGORY The elaborate illuminated "A" begins a homily written by Pope Gregory. TWO EXCEPTIONAL MULTI-LINE ILLUMINATED INITIALS EXTENDING ALONG MUCH OF THE MARGINS IN RED AND BLUE.
    AU $834.09
    From United States
    AU $12.62 postage
    Region: Europe
    or Best Offer
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
  • BOOK OF HOURS ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT LEAF c. 1450 - PSALMS, GOLD, 16 INITIALS

    SIXTEEN ILLUMINATED ONE-LINE INITIALS ALTERNATING IN DEEP BLUE WITH DELICATE RED PENWORK AND BURNISHED GOLD WITH DELICATE VIOLET PENWORK. This is an original manuscript leaf more than 550 years old.
    AU $245.32
    From United States
    AU $11.21 postage
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Type: Illuminated ManuscriptMaterial: Vellum
  • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT MEDIEVAL BIBLE LEAF - c. 1250, PARIS - INITIALS, GENESIS

    And said to him: I am God Almighty, increase thou and be multiplied. And the land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give to thee.And Juda said to his brethren: What will it profit us to kill our brother, and conceal his blood?.
    AU $630.83
    From United States
    AU $12.62 postage
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    or Best Offer
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Material: Vellum
  • 1862 EAST SETAUKET LONG ISLAND NY BUILT SCHOONER PAPERS CIVIL WAR CARGO DAMAGED

    Dated 2nd June, 1862 for the Schooner D.B. Bayles; Jayne, master; sailing from Cardenas; bringing in a cargo of sugar scrapings. The reverse with the District and Port of Philadelphia bill of lading affirmation printed information, partially filled-in and with receipted note of duties paid on the blank panel at the bottom of the sheet.
    AU $175.23
    From United States
    AU $9.39 postage
    Region: North America
    or Best Offer
    Subject: History
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Material: Paper
  • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS BIFOLIUM LEAVES 1470 GOLD PRAYERS TO SAINTS

    Original Illuminated Manuscript Book of Hours Bifolium, France (Rouen), c. 1470-1490. IM-12089: Original continuous bifolium leaves from an illuminated manuscriptBook of Hours. 24 lines of text, ruled in red, written in Latin in anelegant angular gothic book-hand script on animal vellum.
    AU $1,394.83
    From United States
    AU $14.02 postage
    Region: Europe
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT CHOIR PSALTER LEAF Spain c.1520 - PSALM 36 - 13 INITIALS

    The manuscript text was beautifully executed by hand over 450 years ago! Better is a little to the just, than the great riches of the wicked. This leaf originates from Spain (Dominican Use), c. 1520.
    AU $96.73
    From United States
    AU $11.21 postage
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Type: Illuminated ManuscriptMaterial: Parchment
  • Antique 1895 UNITED STATES BANKING HISTORY Handwritten MANUSCRIPT Americana

    Up for sale is this great antique handwritten manuscript entitled, "Banking System of the United States.". The manuscript is made up of paper which is bound together with string.
    AU $56.00
    From United States
    AU $6.94 postage
    Region: North AmericaSubject: HistoryType: Handwritten Manuscript
  • Antique 1896 Gardner Journal Diary Handwritten Girard College Philadelphia

    Over 150 pages delicate pages and many detached from binding.
    AU $419.15
    Estimated delivery dateEst. delivery Thu, Oct 25
    or Best Offer
    From United States
    FAST 'N FREE
    Region: North AmericaType: Handwritten ManuscriptMaterial: Paper
  • CIRCA 1920 CORONA NEW YORK ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING W S WORRALL JR. ARCHITECT

    Architect 33 W. Jackson Ave. Corona N.Y. Not dated, circa 1920. 10 1/2" x 20 3/4" size; darkened, edges with old fold line, creases, wrinkled and soiled; fair to good condition.
    AU $28.04
    From United States
    AU $9.39 postage
    Material: Vellum
    or Best Offer
    Language: English
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
  • CIRCA 1850 HORSE & CATTLE TRADING LIVESTOCK LEDGER REPURPOSED AS SCRAPBOOK

    (34) pages. Boards very worn, detached from block, sewing coming undone and leaves loosened.
    AU $210.28
    From United States
    AU $10.79 postage
    Region: North America
    or Best Offer
    Material: Paper
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Language: English
  • Antique 1899 Gardner Journal Diary Handwritten Girard College Philadelphia

    Over 250 pages in decent shape, attached and not brittle.
    AU $699.52
    Estimated delivery dateEst. delivery Thu, Oct 25
    or Best Offer
    From United States
    FAST 'N FREE
    Region: North AmericaType: Handwritten ManuscriptMaterial: Paper
  • Antique Vintage Art Deco Template Shriners Zamora Temple Print Metal

    21 1/2" length 14" width 70s template. Great metal collectible to hang in the Lodge or on the wall. Ask any questions. Metal. Pay expected within 3 days.
    AU $140.17
    From United States
    AU $29.37 postage
  • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS LEAF c1450, 3 PRAYERS 3 LARGE GOLD INITIALS

    Text: 3 PRAYERS THREE ILLUMINATED TWO-LINE INITIALS IN BURNISHED GOLD ON RED AND BLUE GROUND WITH DELICATE WHITE PENWORK; SEVERAL INITIALS HEIGHTENED WITH RED. Red-ruled for 18 lines of text, written in Latin with dark brown ink and red rubrics in fine gothic script, on animal vellum.
    AU $350.46
    From United States
    AU $11.21 postage
    Region: Europe
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    11 watching
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
  • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS LEAF, UNUSUAL FLORAL & GEMSTONE MOTIF, GOLD

    The nine lessons from Job contain moving readings from Job detailing the trials he endured in his struggle for God’s blessings. The words of the wicked have prevailed over us: and thou wilt pardon our transgressions.
    AU $834.09
    From United States
    AU $12.62 postage
    Region: Europe
    or Best Offer
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
  • MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS - TWO JOINED LEAVES c.1450, GOLD

    This 550 year old pair of Book of Hours leaves was scribed in Flanders for the Use of Sarum (Salisbury, England), c. 1450 – produced to follow the English rites, for import by the English market. This is an original, not a reproduction and its condition is as shown in the photos.
    AU $693.91
    From United States
    AU $14.02 postage
    Region: Europe
    or Best Offer
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
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  • 1821 MANUSCRIPT LETTER MOSES FIELD NEW YORK CHERRY STREET PROPERTY LAWSUIT

    6 3/4" x 7 3/4" size; ink handwriting, very legible.
    AU $28.04
    From United States
    AU $4.91 postage
    Material: Paper
    or Best Offer
    Language: English
    Guaranteed by Fri, Oct 26
  • LOVELY ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS LEAF c1490 GOLD, EXCEPTIONAL BORDERS

    Let all them be confounded that act unjust things without cause. Original Illuminated Manuscript Book of Hours Leaf, France (Rouen), c. 1490-1510. Style and execution of the miniature paintings in the parent manuscript are closely related to theMaster of the Geneva Latini (see Walter 224 & 233 for examples).
    AU $904.18
    From United States
    Free postage
    Region: Europe
    or Best Offer
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
  • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS LEAF, UNUSUAL FLORAL & GEMSTONE MOTIF, GOLD

    Why art thou sad, O my soul?. Original Illuminated Manuscript Book of Hours Leaf, France (Rouen), c. 1490-1510. IM-11895: An original leaf from an illuminated manuscriptBook of Hours. 25 lines of text, ruled in red, written in Latin inangular gothic book-hand script on animal vellum.
    AU $834.09
    From United States
    AU $12.62 postage
    Region: Europe
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • 1815-16 MANUSCRIPT NEW YORK CITY DETAILED WHOLESALE GROCER FOOD COFFEE SPICES

    6" x 12" size per each panel; ink handwriting, very legible.
    AU $63.08
    From United States
    AU $9.39 postage
    Material: Paper
    or Best Offer
    Language: English
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
  • New listing1950 1st edition Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 from the original manuscript

    This is the 1950 1st edition!
    AU $10.72
    Estimated delivery dateEst. delivery Thu, Oct 25
    Was: Previous priceAU $11.92
    From United States
    FAST 'N FREE
    Subject: Biography & Autobiography
  • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ANTIPHONAL LEAF Italy, c1778 2 LARGE ELABORATE INITIALS

    Original Manuscript Gregorian Chant from an ANTIPHONAL, ITALY, c. 1778. From an Antiphonal produced at a religious commune in Olbia, Italy, c. 1778, (dated and signed elsewhere in the manuscript by the scribe“J. Coudounel” ).
    AU $413.54
    From United States
    AU $12.62 postage
    Region: Europe
    or Best Offer
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Identure Vellum 1766 English Mortgage Perry To Rankin

    There is a small hole in the paper but it is in very good condition. It has signatures and wax seals.
    AU $77.03
    From United States
    AU $9.39 postage
    Material: VellumLanguage: English
  • 39 page 1990 Compuserve printout discussion of HARLAN ELLISON's "Xenogenesis"

    Although Harlan Ellison did not participate in the on-line discussion, many well known writers did and Harlan is often quoted, including in anecdotes about him. So this is a copy of those printouts from the long gone Compuserve system.
    AU $70.09
    From United States
    AU $18.08 postage
    Material: Paper
    Guaranteed by Fri, Oct 26
  • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT STYLE Gettysburg Address ABRAHAM LINCOLN Tudor Press

    The Tudor Press, 1919. Softcover: Good. The leaves are printed on one side only. The wrappers are heavily chipped on the top corner and the leaves have a short tear in the margin.
    AU $210.26
    From United States
    AU $5.59 postage
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
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  • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT CHOIR PSALTER LEAF c. 1520 Spain - PSALM 117, 14 INITIALS

    The manuscript text was beautifully executed by hand over 450 years ago! The Lord is my helper: and I will look over my enemies. It is good to trust in the Lord, rather than to trust in princes. This leaf originates from Spain (Dominican Use), c. 1520.
    AU $96.73
    From United States
    AU $11.21 postage
    Region: Europe
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • HARLAN ELLISON hand-edited 33 page interview for 1979 VIDEOPHILE magazine

    I'll include a photocopy of the published version of the interview from the July 1979 VIDEOPHILE magazine.
    AU $140.18
    From United States
    AU $18.08 postage
    Guaranteed by Fri, Oct 26
  • Antique 1757 MANSFIELD & COVENTRY CT Connecticut WINDHAM COURT SUMMONS Document

    Up for sale is this great antique pre-revolutionary war 1757 Connecticut colonial court summons. All in all a really great and early piece of local Connecticut history.
    AU $168.15
    From United States
    AU $6.94 postage
    Region: North AmericaSubject: Law & GovernmentType: Handwritten Manuscript
  • 1862 CIVIL WAR NEW JERSEY SCHOONER DANIEL TOWNSEND LATER CSA IMPOUND FLORIDA

    Dated 26th April, 1862 for the Schooner Daniel Townsend; Townsend, master; sailing from Trinidad de Cuba; bringing in a cargo of molasses. The reverse with the District and Port of Philadelphia bill of lading affirmation printed information, partially filled-in and with receipted note of duties paid on the blank panel at the bottom of the sheet.
    AU $91.12
    From United States
    AU $9.39 postage
    Region: North America
    or Best Offer
    Subject: History
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Material: Paper
  • 1862 CIVIL WAR CAPT. JULIUS LATER CAPTURED BY SEMMES ALABAMA SHIP TONAWANDA

    The reverse with the District and Port of Philadelphia bill of lading affirmation printed information, partially filled-in and with receipted note of duties paid on the blank panel at the bottom of the sheet.
    AU $91.12
    From United States
    AU $9.39 postage
    Region: North America
    or Best Offer
    Subject: History
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Material: Paper
  • 1874 MANUSCRIPT NEW YORK CANAL TONAWANDA BUFFALO TOLLS LEGAL OPINION LAW DISPUTE

    (4) pages, manuscript written in ink. The opinion delineates responsibilities of the banks and individuals who are the contract guarantors and cites precedence, relating examples and giving the chronology of the case in hand.
    AU $28.04
    From United States
    AU $4.91 postage
    Material: Paper
    or Best Offer
    Language: English
    Guaranteed by Fri, Oct 26
  • 1832 MANUSCRIPT NEW YORK CITY PIANO SALE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT BUSINESS THOMAS LORD

    2 3/4" x 7 3/4" size; ink handwriting, very legible.
    AU $28.04
    From United States
    AU $4.91 postage
    Material: Paper
    or Best Offer
    Language: English
    Guaranteed by Fri, Oct 26
  • Original Handwritten Letter BY RABBI MEYER F. ZYWICA of Mir Shanghai and Kletzk

    Rabbi Zywica was born in 1919 in a small town near Bialystok, Poland. He began attending the noted Kletzk Yeshiva, but left the country in 1941 in the middle of his studies. When the Japanese wouldn't let him enter the country, he went on to China.
    AU $28.02
    From United States
    AU $5.59 postage
    Language: Hebrew
  • 1910-20s NELSON J.H. EDGE New Jersey City Archive Philanthropist Bank President

    Edge was a leading citizen and President of the Hudson County National Bank. This archive consists of a couple hundred letters and other pieces of correspondence almost all of which dates to the 1910s and 1920s and almost all of which are letters received by Edge.
    AU $210.21
    From United States
    Free postage
    Guaranteed by Fri, Oct 26
  • CIRCA 1900 - 1905 COLLECTION NEW YORK CITY REAL ESTATE WESTCHESTER YONKERS BRONX

    AU $490.64
    From United States
    AU $10.16 postage
    Region: North America
    or Best Offer
    Material: Paper
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Language: English
  • MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BIBLE LEAF - c. 1240 - MINIATURE ST PAUL & SWORD

    Hand-written with brown ink in Latin gothic miniscule script on animal vellum.THREE MULTI-LINE ILLUMINATED INITIALS in red or blue extending past the length of the text in blue and red penwork; ONE-ILLUMINATED CHAPTER NUMBER with intricate red and blue penwork extending along the margin.
    AU $3,154.13
    From United States
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    or Best Offer
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
    Guaranteed by Thu, Oct 25
    Material: Vellum
  • 19th Century 1867 English Indenture Lease Document On Vellum w/ Wax Seal (RF736)

    Dated December 9, 1867 in London England. Very cool old collectible.
    AU $42.04
    From United States
    Free postage
    Region: Europe
    Guaranteed by Fri, Oct 26
    Type: Handwritten ManuscriptMaterial: Vellum
  • MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT REFERENCE, WALTERS ART GALLERY - DOROTHY MINER

    Gatherings in Honor of Dorothy E. Miner. Edited by Ursula E. McCracken, Lilian M. C. Randall, and Richard H. Randall, Jr. Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, 1974. Festschrift for Dorothy Miner - art historian and curator of manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.
    AU $39.24
    From United States
    AU $8.41 postage
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
    or Best Offer
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Discover the allure of the hand printed page with antique manuscripts

As we traverse through the age of the digital, the allure of the printed page persists and indeed heightens in the case of hand-painted pages. The sheer art of antique manuscripts and books are a testament to the painstaking quality and detail that went into producing these ancient objects.

Purchasing these antique collectibles may seem like a daunting task but it's very much like searching for any other antique. Begin with what attracts you most and then undertake research around the particular element that interests you about the item that have caught your eye. Often libraries have catalogues where rare manuscripts are archived, and much of your research can be done with the help of a knowledgeable librarian.

It may be the type of binding or quality of decorative medieval map, or reference to a significant historic event or perhaps you wish to give a first edition book as a gift to a loved one. Whatever it is that's attracted you to sourcing and searching for rare manuscripts, you're sure to find something to add to your collection here on eBay.

Types of antique manuscripts

Illuminated manuscripts feature decoration, referred to as initials, borders that are also known as marginalia, and miniature illustrations complement the text. Strictly speaking, it refers only to manuscripts decorated with precious materials of gold or silver, but across scholarship and modern use, the term now makes reference to any manuscript from Western tradition that is decorated or illustrated.

First edition books are the very first edition of a book to be distributed commercially.

Vellum manuscripts, from the Old French vélin, meaning calf's skin are also available. The skin was stretched out, dried, and then refined until it was thin and very slightly translucent. The final result was a paper that was very strong and durable, intended for vital documents requiring longevity.

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