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Examples of English Handwriting, 1150-1750 Paperback – Dec 1959

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Product details

  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Essex Record Office Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (Dec. 1959)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0900360313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900360312
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 14.8 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Still translating! Actually a very good source book of examples of different styles of english handwriting. Very useful for reading difficult texts like wills, various birth, death and marriage certificates or original source documents like manorial records. Helps you make out the various letters and styles that were used in the different centuries eg copperplate in the Victorian Era. I would happily recommend this book as a reference work for family historians as it will definitely help find those lost ancestors!
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A good guide to the English Handwriting, very easy to understand. I bought it as a guide for use in family history research and genealogy. It has proved invaluable for deciphering some difficult victorian handwriting!
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A Fine useful book, after perhaps reading the easier ones to gain the basics of a hand that can be baffling in the early stages
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A slim paperback book of 33 pages of text plus 29 pages of illustrations on good quality glossy paper. It concentrates on the Essex Parish Records and Essex Archives for the examples.

As with seemingly all old manuscripts the hand of the person writing strongly influences the form of the letters and this, combined with the use of French or Latin conspires to make translation difficult.

This author gives a literal translation with the abbreviations filled in e.g. Sciant p[re]sentes [et] fut[ur]i. Q[uo]d Ego Will[elmus] ..... followed by the updated translation Know [all men] present and to come that I, William .... Comparing this with the plate of the original script and it begins to make sense. Helpfully the three components are on the same page.

The final illustration in this book entitled 'A General Alphabet of the Old Law Hands' with a bottom of page explanation stating that it is from A. Wright's 'Court Hand Restored' (5th ed 1818, plates 18 & 19). This leads neatly to Charles Tice Martin's book 'The Record Interpreter: a collection of abbrevations, Latin words and names used in English histori'.
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A good range of old documents.
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