simple single compartment 'a'.
'a' with more angular compartment.
Shirley's 'a's have a number of extravagant forms one of which is seen here.
an individual upper case 'A'.
'd' is looped and generally rounded.
the final 'd' in a word almost always has a descending tag.
where 'e' follows 'd' it is ligatured and configured as in this version.
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tailed 'g' with tail which turns first clockwise and then changes direction to form a loop at the bottom of the tail.
'g' in final position with horizontal slash with descending tag attached.
horned 'g' in the Latin heading to Prosa 3.
'h' is mostly regularly formed as here with neat and contained limb and tail-stroke.
crossed 'h' in this combination, but Shirley does not always cross the 'h' in 'th'.
in the combination 'ght', the 'h' is almost always crossed.
very occasionally the tail-stroke flicks to the right.
the shape of 'r' varies little. On this folio no other form of 'r' is used.
'r' from the rubric, perhaps in the display hand of Shirley.
from the heading at the top of the folio. 'r' with decorative flourish.
always used in final position.
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions. There are two types of headstroke for long 's' which are employed by Shirley and both are demonstrated in this example. The first with angled head is often found preceding 'h' where it angles down and joins the looped head of 'h'.
the rounded head-stroke is not usually attached to the following graph.
the formation of 'w' does not vary a great deal.
although in the middle of a sentence, this word occurs at the beginning of a line, hence the rather exuberant treatment of the first letter by Shirley.
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the tail of 'y' varies in length and spread.
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|Upper Case Letters|
the opening of the title for the Prosa.
the opening of the text with initial decorated in penwork in the ink of the text.
Shirley makes frequent use of thorn. Used for definite article, adjectives, pronouns and verb endings.
generally formed in this way with longish descender which tapers and appears slightly curved.