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Re: VMs: Repeats and Blitherings
At 23:33 22/06/2004 +0100, Barbara wrote:
I've a personal notion that the vms was composed directly into a pre-bound
blank book. The author kept his sections seperate and there were naturally
blank pages between the sections. Then, much later, whomever it was who
rebound the mss tried to "tidy it up" by ommiting the unwritten upon pages -
that would mean reordering the bifolios into new quires - and thus creating
the impression there are missing folios.
That's a good theory - but why not be scientific and try to falsify it? If
the VMs was pre-bound, then the handwriting on adjacent pages should be
more similar than pages on the same bifolio. For f2v, was f3r (on the
facing page) written next, or was f7r - what do you think?
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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