Thursday, August 31, 2017

what's the soul of a letter?



above, an example of Merovingian minuscule (circa 7th century), what is interesting here is that this "style" disappeared with the destruction of  the Luxeuil monastery. A reputed source has hinted that our English " &" actually derives from the luxet "et."  


petrus andronicus, the scribe, writes in his -fragmented- memoirs: "... types carry their own  souls."

what does that mean? 

as similar in appearance, as when a visigothic "t"

may look like an "a."

or when a soul shows as a twin-like in this early beneventan minuscule "a," which looks like a double cc, so common in latin syntax?


so, what's the soul of "m" like? 

an anonymous speculation from a scribe, at the marginalia of a Codex Calixtinus, reads: " the true form of m has three elements... it strives for more than "n," as it is inverse to "w" and close to the numeral "3."