Design Elements in the de Vere Bible Annotations

Posted By on September 3, 2016


Colorful fleur-de-lis design from II Macabees in the de Vere Geneva Bible.

Attached by pdf please find Fleur-de-lis designs and Manicules in the de Vere Bible Geneva Bible, Folger Shelfmark 1427 (STC 2106).

de vere manicules

I would not conclude from this evidence that 1) there aren’t other designs that de Vere uses in his marginalia (there are); 2) All his manicules and fleur de lis patterns will conform to this pattern. I suspect, for example that he had a “scribble” hand which used different patterns for the formation of these two common reader’s glyphs. But this visual does give the reader a good first look at what the range of evidence for the formation of these two glyphs looks like in de Vere’s hand, from the de Vere Bible.

This post was written in response to the present Shakesvere Facebook discussion about a new volume, discovered by Richard Kennedy, that may contain material in de Vere’s long-lost and legendary but certainly real, secretary hand.

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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