Paleographical Challenge #3

January 31, 2020

By Kathryn James

Today’s puzzle pictured above for the Paleographical Challenge.

[Suggested solution to yesterday’s challenge:

To make a good Red rulin Inke

Take fyne Brasill scrapid to pouder and
seethe it in stronge standinge leye and then
put a small quantitie of Alom therto &
use it

For wormes in doggs

Take mylke warme & put brimston
in powder ^therto & so gyue it

Recipes for red ink, worms in dogs, and other necessities, on the inside rear cover of this manuscript copy of The Fawkner’s Glasse.  England, late 16th c. Beinecke MS 100.

Red ink was often used to “rule,” or mark the boundaries or sections of a page. A red pigment sample from “Brasill,” or Brazilwood, was published by Marie-France Lemay on The Traveling Scriptorium, a teaching collection on medieval and early modern inks, pigments, paper, and binding techniques by my colleagues in the Yale University Library Special Collections Conservation department.