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Court Hand

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:54 pm
by Dave Crosby
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe:
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my . . .
awareness.

I can't read this stuff!

Scottish legal documents from the 1500's written in Court Hand.

"What if," I mused, "I made a font of these characters and used it on documents I knew exactly what they said. Would that help me get acquainted with these odd forms and be able to decipher them at some future date?
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Those first two words are Lorem Ipsum?
How do you tell "n" and "u" apart?
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With the advent of Font Creator V7 at hand that added hinting, I gave it another shot. Not perfect yet, (no font ever is) but here it is:
CourtHand-1500.otf
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Re: Court Hand

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:06 am
by Bhikkhu Pesala
I need a lot more than a hint to be able to read it.

Re: Court Hand

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:42 am
by vanisaac
Court hand is the demented granduncle of Edwardian script and blackletter. It's not technically legible by anyone.

Re: Court Hand

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:12 pm
by Dave Crosby
vanisaac wrote:Court hand is the demented granduncle of Edwardian script and blackletter. It's not technically legible by anyone.
AMEN brother Vanisaac!

Re: Court Hand

Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:03 pm
by Dave Crosby
My daughter showed me a website where we can download a pdf of a book written in 1867 on how to read this:

http://archive.org/details/courthandrestore00wrigrich
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