Characteres et Abbreviaturae in Antiquis Scriptis.

  • (Palaeography)
  • [Edinburgh]: [Tho. & Walter Ruddimanos] 1739
  • ESTC T133809.


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Folio, ff. CII-CL (i.e. 48 leaves, each an engraved plate). Late nineteenth-century half red roan, paper boards, spine lettered in gilt. Foxed and spotting, a dampstain to lower corner. Quite rubbed and scratched, joints split and boards nearly detached, extremities worn. Bookplate and labels of the Birkenhead Public Library, ownership inscription dated 1893 to flyleaf.


An extract from the 'Selectus diplomatum & numismatum ScotiƦ thesaurus' of James Anderson, published by the Ruddimans under commission by the Scottish Parliament. The full work contains text and 180 plates, mostly of facsimile charters, seals, etc. In amongst the reproductions is this reference section containing illustrations of the letter-forms and abbreviations to be found in old Scottish manuscripts, which has its own engraved 'half-title' - useful for palaeographical study even in the absence of the rest of the original work.

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