. A very great inconvenience of the Gothic impressions of the latter half of the fifteenth century arose from the numerous and continual abbreviations in which a great part of them abound. But this disadvantage is not chargeable exclusively to Gothic, but is sometimes found in early editions of the Roman character. Chevillier particularizes a folio edition of the “Logic” of Ockham, printed in 1488 at Paris, in a handsome letter; but in which scarcely a single word is found unab­breviated. He adduces, for instance, two lines taken at hazard from folio 121. They are printed in the following manner: “Sic hie e sal im qd ad simplr a e pducibile a Deo g a e & silr hic a n e g a n e pducibile a Deo.” At length thus: “Sicut hic est fallacia secundum quid ad simpliciter. A est producibile a Deo. Ergo A est. Et similiter hic. A non est. Ergo A non est producibile a Deo.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 7.

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