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Current Manuscript:USA, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library MS Eng. 920
Folios:3-37 (Astrolabe)
Sampled Folios:3r
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Usage: abylte
straight-sided 'a' with cross-bar is used throughout.
Usage: astirlabye
Usage: haue
there is a hairline stroke at an angle to close the head of the graph.
Usage: as
Usage: do
unlooped 'd' is used, with oval bowl and a short, oblique stroke across the head.
Usage: and
Usage: condescendyt
Usage: vnd(er)stand
the scribe's abbreviations are all neatly executed. Here the comma-like mark with tail stands for the 'er' abbreviation.
Usage: mygth
'g' is tailed and is often open at the head.
Usage: towching
'g' in final position with a mark similar to the 'er' abbreviation, here probably representative of a missing 'e'.
Usage: rygthful
Usage: begynneth
'g' in the incipit. The scribe's script for the incipit is the same as his normal hand.
Usage: haue
the stem of 'h' sometimes has a kink as well as a defined foot. The limb descends from the shoulder also with a kink in the stroke.
Usage: him
sometimes the head of the stem is split.
Usage: wrappith
Usage: philosophir
the limb has a kink and ends with a fine extension at right angles to the descender.
Usage: rygthful
modern 'r' is used in all positions excep after 'o'.
Usage: preyer
in final position the same flourish mark above the 'r' may represent a missing 'e'.
Usage: p(ro)porcons
'z'-shaped 'r' after 'o'.
Usage: oure
Usage: same
straight 's' with separate stroke for the angled head and slight serif to the left of the stem. Used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: as
kidney-shaped 's' used in final position.
Usage: (con)clusions
Usage: lewes
final 's' which could almost be '8'-shaped at times.
Usage: wel
'w' varies little. Both arms are almost straight with slight curve to the left. There is a 'B'-shaped element to the right, also neatly executed.
Usage: whyche
Usage: wrappith
Usage: towching
Usage: thyne
'y' is frequently dotted. The tail is often almost non-existent.
Usage: p(ra)yere
Usage: astirlabye
Usage: tretyyce
Usage: þe
thorn only appears to be used in the very short pronoun or article situations.
Usage: þat
Usage: þt(supserscript)
the head of thorn is frequently left open.
Usage: þi
the stem of thorn is thick and does not taper.
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