Though thou write with a goose-pen

Three examples of famous handwriting form today’s fragments. The first is a page from Christopher Marlowe’s Massacre at Paris. The second is an epistle by Ben Jonson which includes his signature, and the third, a letter written by the poet John Donne.

Christopher Marlowe’s Massacre at Paris (1593) (Folger Shakespeare Library)
Ben Jonson’s Epistle From Masque of Queens (1609)
Letter to Sir George Moore from John Donne 1602 (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Further examples of early modern handwriting can be found here at my post on Hand D, and here at Handwriting.

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  • June 24, 2011 - 11:45 pm | Permalink

    It’s great to be back in amongst you fragments, seems like ages. Those three hand writing samples are great. It’s hard to read them, but they look so recent. Not hundreds of years old. Have you been able to copy them out, or has it already been done?

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