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For the most part he used the abbreviations currently in usage, but sometimes he did not. For his own private use he went to abbreviations a great deal, so that it is not possible to decipher many abbreviations without prior knowledge of how their forms developed. Regiomontanus also coined many new Latin words, which increases the difficulty of reading his Latin MSS. Even so, it is immediately clear that it was a gifted and self-willed man who wrote these works — not a copyist. Peuerbach's handwriting is similar, but more elegant and solid, as shown by his tiny characters in his copy of Ptolemy and in his annotations [Vin 4799].
In contrast to other of Regiomontanus's MSS. which have been preserved in Vienna, this one does not show any annotations by Schöner. This important document returned to Vienna along with Schöner's other books, including the almanac Vin 4988. The horoscope [176, No. 3307] bears neither title nor author's name; it may have been the original copy of the book presented to the empress. The handwriting of Regiomontanus is unmistakable, and the detailed interpretation is in his style. Moreover, his 1459 almanac contains the accompanying calculations.
This latter must have been in about 1450 or 1451. Regiomontanus's first work falls during this time, namely the casting of the horoscope of Leonora of Portugal, Friedrich Ill's bride. This document survives for us due to the interest of the collector Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), a Nuremberg physician. Schedel was only occasionally in Nuremberg during Regiomontanus's residence there (1471-1475), returning to live in his home town in 1476. But he was kept abreast of the local news, especially where it concerned Regiomontanus, by his uncle Hermann Schedel (1410-85).