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Re: Quire signatures revisited
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From: "Jorge Stolfi" <stolfi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2001 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: Quire signatures revisited
> Cuiriosity: does the us/mus choice matches the Latin endings?
> PriMUS - yes
> SecundUS - yes
> TertiUS - yes
> QuartUS - yes
> QuintUS - not quite - there seems to be a little something before the
> SextUS - ditto
> SeptiMUS - yes
> OctavUS - looks like 'cc' precedes the 'us'
> NonUS - something like 6 & 7 above
> DeciMUS - yes
> UndeciMUS - yes
> DuodeciMUS (Missing page)
> TerdeciMUS - no - uses the numerals 13 followed by -us
> Quartus deciMUS - same as 13
> Quintus deciMUS - same as 13
> Sextus deciMUS (Missing page)
> Septimus deciMus - same as 13
> Octavus deciMUS (Missing page)
> Nonus deciMUS - no - just numerals - no 'us'
> VicesiMUS - ditto.
> Note that quire sizes are fairly uniform *within each section*:
However, several of these are mixed up with A & B languages so the real
size of the quire isn't evident. Quire signatures 5,6, and 8 are written on
B language pages, while later in the book Quire signatures 15 & 17 are
written on A language pages.
> > Therefore, QS#9 which is oddly placed immediately following QS#8
> > dramatically out of place - There should be 15 pages in between the
> > QS#9 being the final page of that quire - not the first!
> Ouch, I ran out of synapses at this point. Let me build a paper model...
I have to stress this point as it is obvious to me that although the person
who provided the quire signatures may not have been able to read the book -
he may have actually been capable - but someone else found the manuscript in
a rather shabby condition and tried to re-bind it using those quire
signatures to provide a 'general order'. The pages within the quire may not
belong to that quire - but the ones fortunate enough to have a quire
signature are themselves in the original order in relation to one another.
Quire signature #9 should not be on the page immediately following the one
with Quire signature #8. There should be a series of folios ending in #9 on