Excerpt from Contractions in Early Latin Minuscule Mss A large number of the leading MSS. of the Latin Classics belong to the tenth and eleventh centuries. Perhaps the most fertile source of error in them is the unfamiliarity of the writers with the contractions used in the Irish or pre-Carolingian script of the originals which they transcribed. If an editor tries to ascertain what contractions were used in these early minuscule MSS., he finds himself at a loss. Books like Chassant's 'Dictionnaire des Abreviations' mix up together contractions of all dates and of all kinds of script. Walther's 'Lexicon Diplomaticum' is inaccessible to most students, and even it is inadequate, being based on materials drawn from a single library, Wolfenbuttel. The following details may therefore be of interest and of practical use. They are taken from tes, made as accurately as the time (often limited) at my disposal allowed, of the contractions found in about three hundred MSS. of the eighth and ninth centuries. They can hardly be free from errors, for I had printed texts beside me. Still they will serve to give a fair tion of what contractions would be found in (1) an Irish, (2) a pre-Carolingian (or early Carolingian) Continental archetype, and will enable an editor, who has ascertained the nationality of the scribe, to re-construct in imagination the whole series of contractions which would be found in the archetype's pages. They will also help to check the licence of conjectural emendation. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy 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.