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Feathery Scribe

(fl. c. 1615—1650) scribe


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(fl. c.1625–40) So-called because of his light, wispy style of script, the anonymous Feathery Scribe was one of the most prominent copyists in London in the 1620s–30s. His characteristic writing, almost pure secretary, is distinguished by eccentric punctuation and spelling. Besides working as a law clerk, he was affiliated to some kind of professional scriptorium and possibly worked on commission, with associates or clients including Cotton and Starkey. Several hundred texts in his hand survive. His prolific output included many well-known Elizabethan and early Stuart authors.

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