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Current Manuscript:USA, New York, NY, Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library MS Plimpton 254
Sampled Folios:12r
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Usage: as
all 'a's are double compartment with angular lower compartment and usually a flat-topped upper compartment.
Usage: man
Usage: And
most upper case 'A's are just a larger version of the lower case graph.
Usage: An
the scribe also has this more elaborate 'A' in his repertoire.
Usage: diuers
'd' has a squarish body with curled head to the second descending stroke..
Usage: Oxenford
Usage: vnderstonde
here the descending stroke to the right of the graph is ligatured with 'e'.
Usage: diuydid
Usage: greke
'g' is always double compartment with rounded upper and a triangular lower with point at the left.
Usage: touchinge
the lower lobe of 'g' is frequently smaller and appears to be squashed.
Usage: langages
Usage: Grekis
Usage: hem
the stem of 'h' has an angled foot. A hairline joins the stem to the shoulder and the limb is straight, ending just below the foot of the stem.
Usage: whiche
Usage: him
Usage: englissh
Usage: regioun
modern 'r' is used in all positions, initial, medial and final.
Usage: leuer
Usage: astrolabre
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o' and round-bodied graphs.
Usage: Rome
a squat, plain upper case graph.
Usage: suppose
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: tretis
kidney 's' is used in final position.
Usage: possible
Usage: sufficiþ
occasionally a sigma 's' may be found in initial position.
Usage: wel
'w' is usually open at the head and has a 'B'-shaped element to finish.
Usage: schewe
Usage: ebrwe
Usage: Lewis
Usage: bisy
most 'y's are dotted. The tail-stroke returns counter-clockwise at an acute angle.
Usage: conceyue
Usage: p(er)ceyue
occasionally the fork of 'y' drops below the level of the lower line of surrounding graphs.
Usage: wey
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: heriþ
thorn is ubiquitous, used on all occasions on this folio for 'th'.
Usage: þanne
the lobe of thorn is often separate from the stem.
Usage: riȝ
yogh is used both as equivalent of 'y' and also 'gh'.
Usage: p(ar)fiȝtly
Upper Case Letters
Usage: The
Usage: But
Usage: Now
Usage: I
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