origin, especially with reference to an author, creator, producer, etc., of a work: establishing the authorship of early medieval manuscripts.
the occupation or career of writing books, articles, etc.

1700–10; author + -ship Unabridged
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authorship (ˈɔːθəˌʃɪp)
1.  the origin or originator of a written work, plan, etc: a book of unknown authorship
2.  the profession of writing books

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Word Origin & History

c.1500, "the function of being a writer," from author + -ship. Meaning "literary origin" is attested from 1825.
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Example sentences
Probably there will always be a body of short narrative pieces, their
  authorship and origin lost, preserved in outlying regions.
One measurable benchmark of progress has been book authorship.
The right of authorship should remain to the author.
If anything, the authorship question is about courage and intellectual honesty.
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