Samuel Botley’s Maximum in minimo or Mr Jeremiah Richs pens dexterity compleated with the whole terms of the law is a charming little guide to 17th century shorthand. Botley, picking up where his predecessor Jeremiah Rich left off, published a complete guide to shorthand, outlining both legal and general terms, circa 1674. Prior to the publication of this book, Botley taught Rich’s shorthand method from his home in London.
An introductory poem by an author identified simply as “I.H.” asserts that “when writing in its infancy did creep/methinks men drew their letters half asleep” and Botley’s “learned hand….bravely guided for the public good.”
Delightful features include previous owner’s practice shorthand scribbles on blank spaces in the book, detailed engravings and comprehensive charts to teach the reader. Whether this method actually sped things up is lost to history!