Excerpt from Notae Latinae: An Account of Abbreviation in Latin, Mss; Of the Early Minuscule Period (C. 700-850) Some apology is due from one who kws next to thing of mediaeval history, for offering this book to the public. Many years ago, when occupied with an edition of Nonius Marcellus, I learnt the importance of a kwledge of Latin abbreviation for the emendation of Latin texts, and began to make a collection of the symbols used by eighth century scribes. That collection, published in 1908 ('Contractions in Early Latin Minuscule MSS., ' Parker, Oxford), provided a few signposts for textual emendation. But Traube had shewn the necessity for a much larger and more comprehensive account, in order to supply clues to the date and the home of a MS. and to throw light on the history of the writing-centres, and their relations with each other. His 'Nomina Sacra' (Munich, 1907), on the symbols used in majuscule MSS., was the first volume of a projected History of Latin Abbreviation which he did t live to complete. After his death in 1907 one seemed likely to continue this work, and that golden rule of scientific research became imperative: If you want a thing done, do it yourself. With help from the Carnegie Research Fund my vacations for the last few years have been spent in amassing the necessary statistics at the libraries of Europe, and w the project has been fairly realized of examining every extant minuscule MS. of the eighth century and a sufficient number of the first half of the ninth. 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.