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Excerpt from Palaeographia Latina, Vol. 1Wattenbachs account of the development of Latin script was very useful in its day. Here I attempt to bring it (or part of it) up to date. For the form of the letters I refer the reader to the facsimiles inMoreExcerpt from Palaeographia Latina, Vol. 1Wattenbachs account of the development of Latin script was very useful in its day. Here I attempt to bring it (or part of it) up to date. For the form of the letters I refer the reader to the facsimiles in Sir E. M. Thompsons Introduction to Greek and Latin Palaeography (a book which every reader of this journal is sure to have) since the only satisfactory plan is to shew the form actually used by a scribe in a word. Where this book failed me, the Keeper of the MSS. in the British Museum came to my aid and gave me spare copies of as many suitable Palaeographical Society plates as he could lay his hands on. From these (only six, alas!) 1 have cut out the words photographed in the appended Plate I (nos. 1-20). Where neither of these two means was possible, I fell back on Wattenbachs plan and imitated the letter-forms with my own hand (nos. 21 sqq.).In writing this account I have sought to help (l) palaeographers, by supplying suitable names under which this or that form can be referred to (e. g. cursive Insular e), and (2) Latin scholars, by shewing what letters and ligatures of letters were most easily mistaken by medieval transcribers.By the symbol Introd. is meant Sir E. M. Thompsons book- by Ir. Min. and Wei. Scr., my two booklets (now published by Mr. Milford) on Early Irish Minuscule and on Early Welsh Script- by Not. Lat. my Notae Latinae. The others will be easily understood (e. g. Rev. Bibl. for the Revue des Bibliotheques).About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.