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Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Digby 72, part II
Sampled Folios:81r, 107r
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Usage: take
double compartment 'a' used most of the time.
Usage: as
single compartment 'a' used only occasionally.
Usage: Astrolabye
upper case 'A
Usage: latitude
looped 'd' used on almost every occasion.
Usage: god
'd' in final position with tag.
Usage: myddyll
the shape of the first 'd' of this pair with a squared corner to the lobe, is found frequently on this folio.
Usage: same day
elaborate ascenders on this unlooped 'd' on the top line of text.
Usage: þyngis
tailed 'g' is found alongside anglicana 'g'.
Usage: thingis
the same word as in version 1 only a few lines further on and spelt differently with anglicana form of 'g'. Both forms of 'g' are used throughout.
Usage: degreis
here the tail of 'g' curves counter-clockwise.
Usage: signes
Usage: (T)hyn
'h' with triangular head-stroke.
Usage: remenyth
'h' in the 'th' combination is frequently crossed.
Usage: the
the word appears on the top line and this is one of the scribe's display letters for 'h'.
Usage: nethermest
modern 'r' is used throughout in all positions.
Usage: wordis
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o'.
Usage: nomber
long 'r' is used several times by the scribe but only in final position as here, with flourish attached.
Usage: planetis
sigma 's' is always used in final position and sometimes initially as well.
Usage: same
Usage: dayes
the single example on this folio of an alternative 's' in final position.
Usage: passid
the double 's' seems slightly out of control here compared with the scribe's more even hand elsewhere. Seymour notes a slightly different aspect on f107 which is a parchment folio. f81, used for most examples of this hand, is a paper folio.
Usage: with
a distinctive shape for 'w' with small left limb, tall central stroke and 'B'-shaped element to the right.
Usage: wordis
the scribe's idiosynchratic 'w' could be an identifying feature of this hand.
Usage: now
Usage: wythdrawe
whilst adding the final lobe to 'w', the scribe joins it on to the next letter 'e'.
Usage: Astrolabye
almost all 'y's have a longish extension to the tail curving to the right.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þe
thorn quite often has a small protuberance on the left side of the stem.
Usage: þt
Usage: ȝeris
yogh used as representative of the 'y' sound.
Usage: soȝth
yogh used as representative of the 'gh' sound in this combination.
'er' abbreviation
Usage: spid(er)
frequent use of this abbreviative mark for all sorts of words.
Usage: aft(er)
Usage: vnd(er)
Usage: aft(er)ward
Usage: passid
the scribe frequently omits to close the lobe of 'p'. A fine approach stroke to the descender.
Usage: expanse
Usage: platis
Usage: putte
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