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Re: Shakespeare's Handwriting
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.032  Tuesday, 7 January 2003

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Monday, 06 Jan 2003 10:55:39 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.024 Shakespeare's Handwriting

[2]     From:   Christine Gray <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 Jan 2003 12:19:35 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.024 Shakespeare's Handwriting

[3]     From:   Ward Elliott <
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        Date:   Monday, 06 Jan 2003 15:45:51 -0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.024 Shakespeare's Handwriting


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 06 Jan 2003 10:55:39 -0500
Subject: 14.024 Shakespeare's Handwriting
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.024 Shakespeare's Handwriting

Jonathan Goldberg's book, Shakespeare's Hand is just out.

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From:           Christine Gray <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Jan 2003 12:19:35 -0500
Subject: 14.024 Shakespeare's Handwriting
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.024 Shakespeare's Handwriting

Whitt, I copied this message from the H-Albion list.  Mr. Postles is
quite involved in work on 16th, 17th, and 18th c. handwriting.

He might be of help to you regarding Shakespeare's handwriting.

Christine Gray in Baltimore

Below is his message.

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From Dave Postles (
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Subject: image of MS

In addition to the two receipts which I previously put up for people to
download for their own use, I now put up a lease for possession (lease
for a year) for the same purpose.  Sadly, as I bought it, I do not have
the release (of the lease and release).  I have put up several images:

http://www.le.ac.uk/elh/pot/img3/1679.jpg is as much of the doc as I
could scan on an A4 flatbed scanner

http://www.le.ac.uk/elh/pot/img3/1679ca.jpg illustrates the strapwork on
the initial T and also the plica at the foot

http://www.le.ac.uk/elh/pot/img3/1679b.jpg illustrates the plica and the
seal tag

http://www.le.ac.uk/elh/pot/img3/1679c.jpg illustrates the endorsement
('livery of seisin')

As before, this will ultimately (within a short time, I hope) form part
of the palaeography tutorial on-line at

http://freespace.virgin.net/dave.postles/palindex.html

As I own this document, do feel free as far as my rights are concerned,
to use the images as you will.  I should add that the date is 1679 (as,
of course, will be clearly evident) and that at this date it is still
written in a nice (but well-formed) Secretary Hand (although there is
some rubbing of the MS in places).  Interestingly, it also concerns
Birmingham.

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From:           Christine Gray <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Jan 2003 12:19:35 -0500
Subject: 14.024 Shakespeare's Handwriting
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.024 Shakespeare's Handwriting

Take look at handwriting expert Charles Hamilton's In Search of
Shakespeare and his later Cardenio, arguing from striking similarities
between Shakespeare's hand and that of the Second Maiden's Tragedy ms.
that Shakespeare must have written the latter and that it must be
Shakespeare's lost Cardenio!  If one or several uncanny resemblances
could make a convincing ascription, Cardenio might no longer be lost.
But, in this case as in most, they can't.  The Second Maiden's Tragedy
got 27 rejections in 51 tests, sharing with two other plays our highest
rejection total for texts generally thought not to be Shakespeare's.  No
core Shakespeare play got more than three rejections.  The conclusion
does not have to be right for the analysis to be informative.

Ward Elliott

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