More manicules….

Posted By on September 4, 2016


Manicule from de Vere Bible pointing to Psalm 30.

The attached .pdf shows a close comparison between the manicules of the de Vere bible and those found in the volume of Tyndale’s Exposition (1548) recently brought to light on ShakesVere. 

Comparison of multiple examples allows the examiner to see for the first time the way the samples form patterns that are distinct from their representational content. There is a clear divergence between the two samples in terms of the way the writer idealizes the shape of the manicule in his mind and then translates that image onto the page.

Manicules compared.

The example is a good illustration of how important it is to compare multiple exemplars of a form in order to see how the samples diverge (or, if they are in fact of common origin, converge). This evidence in my opinion fairly definitively rules out the possibility that both samples are by one writer.  I had hoped to see otherwise, but that’s what it looks to me.

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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