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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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    Letter I; "I am Sir Oracle"; a wig and cloak on stand, in a study with inkpot , quill pen, open books on desk behind; vignette to 'Fables' by James Northcote (London: 1828, series 1, fable 8, page 17); after Harvey; proof lettered with plate number. 1828
    Wood-engraving with letterpress


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    • 1828
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    • Height: 20 millimetres (image)
    • Width: 19 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image letterpress: "8", signed in pencil: "JJ".
  • Curator's comments

    See 1900,0613.602 for comment.

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    British XIXc Unmounted Roy

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    • Associated Title: Fables
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