Re: Turned Capital letter L (pointing to the left, with serifs)

From: Michael Everson <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 13:25:24 +0000

On 4 Jan 2016, at 08:15, Jörg Knappen <> wrote:
> Here is a report of a rather strange beast occurring in historical math printing (work of C. F. Gauß) in thw 19th century:

The image there is clearly a digit 7.

> images are here:

This will not load for me.


Again, this is a digit 7. From a different font than the other 7’s set there.

> It looks like a big digit "7" or like a turned letter "L". In the accepted answer it was identified with the Tironian note et; an identification
> I'd dispute because the Tironian note Et is usually smaller in size than a capital latin letter.

It is not a Tironian et. The Tironian Et typically has a descender and goes to x-height. Also the horizonal stroke would never be written like that 7, and indeed the angle (if less than 90°) of the descender wouldn’t be so small.

Michael Everson *
Received on Mon Jan 04 2016 - 07:26:32 CST

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