Giles Lodges lute book miscellany, V.a.159
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Below is a basic semi-diplomatic transcription of instructions for making black ink taken from Giles Lodge's Lute Book. These transcriptions were originally created as part of the Practical Paleography Series, sponsored by EMMO.
Transcription V.a.159 fol.60v - 61r, 60v
To make black incke
Take a gallon of raine water or worte, &
put in hit a pounde of gaull a pound of gumm
halfe a pound of grene coperas, & stear them
Blacke incke to gether everye day, yower gaull most be
brocke in great peces, & yower gummes most
be put in ij or iij dayes after yower stuffe
& lett hit be storyd everye daye for the
space of an wecke, & whan it hathe stande a moneth it will be good.
To make gumme for incke
Take the whittes of egges & put them in a
Gumme bladder & hange it in a smocke vntill it be
drye, & it will be gumme for incke.
To make read incke f..i
ffirst make oyle with the whitt of a nege, as
this, Take the whyet of a nege & with a locke
of fine whitt woll wringe hit thorow vj or
vij times vntill ye se that all the whit is turned
to water & will drope from the wooll, then is
Readd incke hit fine oyle. Or els ye may take vpe the
whitt with a sponge & wringe hit thorow as
befor. Now take vermelon & grind hit apon
a marble stone drye with a moller halfe a quartr
of an hower, then put to a litle of your oyle
& grind hit as mutch longer with the oyle, &
yf ye take paine to grind your vermelon an
hower ye shalbe most surest to haue your
incke myche the fyner, for all the masterye
of this inke do lye in the longe & fine grindinge
as I haue often proved. yf hit benot well ground
the lesse your labor for it will flyter a way.
Nowe put hit into a cleare horne & store hit
alway with a stycke when ye wyll occupye eny
of hit & let the sticke drape into the pene, & so
writ with hit. Keape hit in no nother vessell
but in a horne or glasse, for if ye do I know
that all kinde of mettell as ledd, tine, brasse, coper
with such lyke will corrupt your yncke in shorte
space. And yf ye haue kept your incke longe
that the oyle do smell put to hit halfe a dosen
drapps of pysse and store hit, & that will make hit
sweat againe. or els ye most put out the oile old
& put in new. & then ye be shure of good.