At Amsterdam

Fig. 1.34. The title page from a book published in Amsterdam and dated 1625. The city is called AmsteRdam, spelt with an "R". However, on an ancient engraving that we see on the same page, we see the name AmsteLRedam, with both sounds that were often mistaken for each other included ("R"and"L"). Taken from [1160], page 287.

Fig. 1.34. The title page from a book published in Amsterdam and dated 1625. The city is called AmsteRdam, spelt with an "R". However, on an ancient engraving that we see on the same page, we see the name AmsteLRedam, with both sounds that were often mistaken for each other included ("R"and"L"). Taken from [1160], page 287.

Fig. 1.35. Close-up of a fragment of an old engraving, with Amsterdam spelt in a rather curious manner, "AmsteLRedam." Taken from [1160], page 287.

Fig. 1.35. Close-up of a fragment of an old engraving, with Amsterdam spelt in a rather curious manner, "AmsteLRedam." Taken from [1160], page 287.

is written today - however, an old etching that one sees on the same page gives the old name in a rather peculiar spelling - AmsteLRedam, q.v. in fig. 1.35. Both consonants are present here, and a bizarre combination of sounds is achieved as a result. This reminds us that the names of many European towns and cities have been unstable until fairly recently, when they became immanetized in the printing press epoch. Numerous other examples of this phenomenon are given below.

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