I have been reading a medical book by one late surgeon Thomas Gale. I was wondering the following mix-up of letters 'u','v' and 'b'.
This states: "to have the cure of".
Letter 'u' is used in the word "have". Letter 'u' is also used in the word "cure" as in modern English.
In the following word letter 'b' is used to indicate 'v' as in "venomous".
The second word in the next one took me a while to clarify.
Apparently it states "The usuall gonnepouder".
I understand that 'u' was used to indicate 'w' as in modern English (powder). I just don't get a hold of the logic of using 'b' to indicate the pronunciation of letter 'u'.
Is there a freely accessible online resource in which this logic would be explained? Or did not the printer run out of types or is this purely random?