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Re: VMs: Research Note: "1708" Update

Hello Robert,
Now that you have analyzed the margins of f1r in great detail, can you summarize your findings and interpretations? Do you feel that the author of the VMS also penned the border entries or that they are contributions from a postanalyst? Thank you for your thoughts.
Dana Scott
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Sent: Friday, January 02, 2004 10:42 PM
Subject: Re: VMs: Research Note: "1708" Update

> I can (just about) see the "1708" Robert's talking about: I'd also add
> the "7" appears to have a horizontal bar struck through it (ie, it's
> appears to be a "continental 7"). Though (because it's inverted) written
> white?

I thought that maybe they used a sharp object on the vellum, rather than
a pen (assuming it's real).

> I'd also caution that this is right at (or possibly just beyond) the
> of perception. At this resolution (1089 x 1349), there really aren't that
> many dots making up these numerals, and the danger of this being (say)
> kind of JPEG artefact is quite high.

I agree, but I'm hoping not. I did some more searching of that area of the
folio, but found nothing else. As I said, I put the "o" in the alphabet
next to the "0" and found they were very close to the same size, if not

> My guesses are (a) that a lot of the claimed detail would disappear in a
> higher resolution (and non-compressed) scan; and (b) that there is
> some kind of subtle design on the top right corner of f1r which we can
> barely make out ATM (ie, can you see the three parallel diagonal lines?)
> which might help explain this kind of detail.

The part of the design where the number is looks like a flamingo's head
to me.


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