Hand: Thirty Glosses, Bodleian Digby 146 (1747)

Thirty Glosses
Bodleian Digby 146 (1747)
Saec. x/xi

Stokes, English Vernacular Script, ca 990–ca 1035, Vol. 2 (PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge, 2006)

These glosses were written in light-brown ink in a very small script with a very thin pen but still some shading. Ascenders are very long and can be split or lack decoration. Descenders are shorter, usually about the length of minims, and straight. Minims have short angled approach-strokes and angled feet. Teardrop-shaped a was used throughout, and the same form was used in æ. Both æ and e have straight rising tongues and squinting eyes and neither is found in tall ligature. Round c and e were used throughout. The back of d is fairly straight but short and usually angled at about 45° but occasionally bilinear. The tongue of f is long and flat. The top of g is flat, the mid-section hangs from the centre or slightly to the left and is close to vertical before turning right at the base-line, and the tail is closed in an oblong. Long s was used most often, although round s is found (the first in geornfulnysse, 8v; belimpas, 12v; synderlicne, 12r); long s is also found occasionally in ligature with t (stofnas, 9v). The scribe followed the conventional distinction between ð and þ. The back of ð is long, fairly steep, and concave up, and the through-stroke is hooked down on the right. Three-stroke x was used, the south-west branch of which extends well below the base-line. Round dotted and straight undotted y are found.

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