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Astrolabe scribe
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1. Cambridge, University Library MS Dd. 3. 53 Part 2
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS Dd.3.53, Part 2
Identification:This scribe also copied Bodley e musaeo 54
Folios:Part 2
Sampled Folios:1r, 2v, 15r, 28v from Part 2
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Usage: ap(er)tenyng
double compartment 'a' used for the majority of the time. Sometimes, as here, the top compartment is closed with a fine hairline.
Usage: cause
single compartment 'a' used occasionally.
Usage: And
the scribe's upper case 'A'.
Usage: Altitude
Usage: diuided
the middle 'd' in this word. 'd' is always looped.
Usage: diu(er)se
occasionally the loop of 'd' is not closed.
Usage: Middes
Usage: Oxenford
the scribe rarely adds a tag to final 'd'.
Usage: region
the lower lobe of 'g' is frequently left with a small space between lower and upper lobe.
Usage: endi(ti)ng
'g' in final position with horizontal slash and vertical tag.
Usage: acording
the word occurs at the end of a line which may account for the otiose stroke above 'g'. The tag which closely follows is an extra stroke used on other occasions by the scribe.
Usage: his
a graceful arching stroke from the head of the stem. The limb is neatly tucked below the letter.
Usage: this
the scribe frequently curves the tail of 'h' to the right rather than tucking the stroke under as in version 1.
Usage: cometh
in the combination 'th' at the end of a word, the 'h' is frequently crossed.
Usage: her
long 'r' is used in all positions. Here in final position it has a flourish which describes a complete circle and is probably representative of a final missing 'e'.
Usage: Moder
separate shoulder stroke with small serif.
Usage: wordes
'z'-shaped 'r' is used rarely. Modern 'r' is used more frequently after 'o' for example, than this form of 'r'.
Usage: Ryet
Usage: sothly
sigma 's' used both initially and in final position.
Usage: wordes
kidney-shaped 's' used in final position as well as sigma 's'.
Usage: seide
long 's' used both initially and medially. Its stem can be either short, as here, or much longer. On this folio the lead-in strokes to both 's' and 'f' are highly visible and distinctive. The head stroke is detached.
Usage: Scienceȝ
this is what I take to be the scribe's upper case 'S'. However, it is also used frequently in initial position where an upper case letter would not be expected.
Usage: wordes
'w' has the 'B'-shaped element to the right and the loops at the head are usually, though not always closed.
Usage: rewles
Usage: webbe
Usage: my
'y' is almost always dotted as here.
Usage: sothly
the left limb of 'y' is often separated from the right.
Usage: any
as with version 1, the dot above 'y' is more of a stroke than a dot.
Usage: thyn
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þt
thorn with superscript 't' is used almost exclusively for abbreviation of 'that'.
Usage: þe
a single other occurrence of the use of thorn which I have found on these folios.
Usage: oriȝonte
also used for 'ȝodiak'.
Usage: ȝif
used interchangeably with 'yif'.
Usage: (con)sidere
the scribe frequently uses the 'con/com' abbreviation. Perhaps he was more used to copying Latin.
Usage: (com)powned
Usage: (con)clusions
Usage: (con)descendith
Abbreviative Marks
Usage: regio(u)n
the scribe's macron is usually gracefully curved as in this example.
Usage: conclusiou(n)s
Usage: diu(er)se
Usage: p(ar)ted
the lobe of 'p' is left unresolved.
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