Dennis King writes:
> scribal abbreviations have been expanded. I find that
> one of the biggest obstacles to reading a text from the
> MS itself, at least initially, is making sense of the
> abbreviations. This has led me to do a little research
> on the subject.
A good book on the general subject of paleography, which
covers the abbreviations very extensively, is the widely-available
Latin Paleography by Bernhard Bischoff, Cambridge University Press,
isbn 0-521-36726-3. This edition is translaged by Da/ibhi O/
Cro/ini/n and David Ganz. David Dumville used it in his
paleography class at Berkeley a few years ago.