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Re: the Onlie Begetter
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0435  Thursday, 7 May 1998.

From:           William Williams <
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Date:           Wednesday, 06 May 1998 00:39:21 -0500
Subject: 9.0428  Re: the Onlie Begetter
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0428  Re: the Onlie Begetter

>William Williams thinks it "unlikely" that early modern writers would
>write their initials in lower case.  My paleographic experience is
>limited, but I do know very well one set of 15 MSS of which 13 are in
>the same hand, a relatively clear secretary heavily influenced by
>italic, by a writer presumptively of Shakespeare's generation.  This
>writer frequently but not invariably uses miniscule forms at the
>beginning of sentences and proper names, and in a least one instance
>does so in a set of initials.

>Paleographically,
>Dave Evett

I agree with Dave Evett that in many manuscripts done in what we might
call an informal or draft form it is quite common to find things
minuscule where we would now write the letters as majuscules.  However,
in copies for presentation and for printers, at least in my experience,
the tendency is to capitalize even more letters than we would now.  In
addition, the minuscule long s which looks like an H is one of the least
common forms.

WPW
 

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