Recently, I came across this tweet from Erik Kwakkel about the asteriscus and the obelus that he found in one of the digitized manuscripts of the Universitätsbibliothek in Karlsruhe.
Manuscript margins are a place where you can encounter all sorts of weird creatures. Birds, fishes, dogs and cats. But sometimes it happens that these inhabitants of the margin are there not just for decoration nor were there left behind by a pen of an idle scribe. Continue reading