Saturday, August 27, 2011

A document for teaching/practicing English Secretary Hand II

Last week I posted a paleography exercise using images from a seventeenth-century manuscript "particular" of lands in Gloucestershire. Today I am posting a set images depicting the rest of the document, and I again present them with hyperlinks to transcriptions. (By the way, a "particular" is a "statement giving details of a thing"—OED particular adj., n. B.1.c.)


As shown in the two images above, this document consists of a large piece of paper folded in half three times; the resulting small paper packet not only protects the writing inside (if at the expense of its exterior, as shown in the darkened section of paper in the second image), but makes the document portable and easily exchangeable.

The following image from the inside pages of the "particular" tallies the total acreage recorded in the main document.
  
transcription
Here is a detail of the sums shown on the right-hand side of the image above.


The document's watermark is easy to see and photograph, but since I haven't been able to consult Briquet's Les filigranes (only t.1 available on Google Books and local libraries with the book are closed today) I will only supply an image of the mark (crown and coat-of-arms).

Finally, there is also writing on the packet's weathered external "cover."


"A particular of Judgments"
transcription
 
 

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