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The following chart displays both the quiring and the chapter-divisions of Thynne's source manuscript as I reconstruct it in the essay. Line-counts (labelled "# of lines in chapter") represent the number of Th-lines (lines of type one column wide on a two-column page) per chapter of Thynne's printing of the Testament. Page-counts, however, represent the number of manuscript pages per chapter (defining the two sides of a leaf each as a manuscript page) in my reconstruction of Thynne's manuscript source. (Appendix B provides further details on the reconstructed quiring, and remarks on alternative arrangements considered in arriving at the description offered here. Appendix C provides amplified description of Thynne's treatment of chapter-initials and chapter-divisions.)

Chapters are not numbered in Thynne's printing, but indicated (sometimes incorrectly) only by their featured initial letters. I have retained the roman chapter numbers of Skeat (Sk) for ease of reference, substituting arabic numbers only at those places in Book III where my reconstruction differs from his: chapter 4 below is a redivision of Skeat's iv; 5 and 6 designate the reconstructed and re-ordered fifth and sixth chapters (corresponding only in part to Skeat's vi and v respectively, since their boundaries as well as sequence differ in my reconstruction). Under "Comments" I correlate my chapter divisions, explained in the essay, with Skeat's division and sequence, and with the six displaced segments of text (DS 1, DS 2, etc.) he posits; I also indicate Thynne's misdivisions of chapters in Book II where they occur, in chapters x and xi. Preceding the reconstructed chapter-numbers in the chart are the corrected chapter-initials; the signatory acrostic may be read vertically; initials falling on the hair-side of a manuscript leaf in this reconstructed quiring are italicized.

To achieve line-counts usable in reconstructing chapter-lengths in the lost manuscript, I have silently added fractional printed lines to create whole lines, and expressed the total to the nearest .5 of a Th-line, at those few chapter-endings that Thynne set in double hanging-indent format (chapters ending in this way are indicated with an asterisk; see Appendix C for details.) I have not, however, similarly adjusted the line-counts of each chapter to allow for the volume of text-space occupied by Thynne's decorative chapter initials, because their manuscript counterparts also consumed an indeterminable proportion of text-block space. Thynne's printed initials at their most ornate (Prologue, II.i) occupy a little less than 3 full lines of text-space; the next largest (at I.i) consumes 1.25 lines; the next (at III.i) one line. Of the remainder, the 3-line-high letters (or the space for them), four in all, occupy about .7 of a line, the 2-line-high initials about .3 of a line (21 are of this size); the rest of the acrostic-initials are represented simply by textface capitals. These encroachments into text-space are so negligible and infrequent that they have simply been excluded from my specifications of chapter lengths: accuracy to three lines or less is unattainable in reconstructing from printed text the volume of prose text spanning several scribal pages, and unnecessary


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for the present purposes of schematic comparison. (The Notes in Appendix B discuss the effects on Thynne's printed presentation of the size and placement of chapter-initials in the manuscript.)

In the sixth and seventh columns of the chart I indicate the number of pages each chapter occupied in the manuscript, as I reconstruct it, and the way in which the chapter was divided between quires wherever it continued past the end of one. For the latter situation I specify the leaves of the next quire occupied by the chapter- continuation before noting the occurrence of the next chapter-initial.


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