detail of an accidental photograph of page 605. one of several instances of pages grafted together, evidently to form blank code lines where earlier had been sections (from a private code?) whose phrase-matter was deemed superfluous or dated or too specific for what is, in effect, a customized new edition.
ex Frederic George McCutcheon (1847-1915), compiler. The imperial and colonial telegram code, containing a selection of the most important subject-words in the English language, with 80,000 phrases and sentences for economical and secret telegraphic correspondence on commercial, financial and general subjects. (London, 1894)
Several McCutcheon codes are in the Vail Collection at MIT, that suddenly comes into the light (from card to online catalogue — they've been here since 1912). I’ve spent a good part of two days laboring to understand them, and their suddenly blurry relationship to each other; I am far from done.
69621 Expensans What
69622 Expensanti Beyond what
69623 Expensarem What has to
69624 Expensaris What else
69625 Expensat What has
69626 Expensavi What has been
69627 Expensem What have
69628 Expensemus What have you
69629 Expensent What have you done
69630 Expensere What is
tags: blur; error; more blur; F. G. McCutcheon, The imperial and colonial telegram code (1894)