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 Diplomatic Cold (A).Diptych [dip’tik]. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The science of palæography—that is, deciphering old charters, diplomas, titles; investigating their authenticity and genuineness, and so on. Papebröch, the Bollandist, originated the study in 1675; but Mabillon, another Bollandist, reduced it to a science in his work entitled De re Diplomatca, 1681. Toustain and Tassin further developed it in their treatise entitled Nouveau Traité de Diplomatique, 1750–1760.   1

 Diplomatic Cold (A).Diptych [dip’tik]. 

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