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Latin ligature "qz"?

I would say that is a common abbreviation for "-que". Maybe you could find useful Cappelli's Dizionario di Abbreviature latine (a very detailed repertory of latin abbreviations). Take a look here. ...
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Is this printing style common in Latin books?

It is called a catchword and is common in manuscripts and in early printed books. Usually it appears only on the verso (even-numbered pages) and it allows the bookbinders to make sure that nothing is ...
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What is a good font for both Latin with diacritics and polytonic Greek

I would recommend Noto, which attempts to represent all of Unicode in a consistent style. It's available for free in both sans and serif versions. I'm generally pretty happy with it; you can see in ...
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Word for "centered" page as opposed to "recto/verso" pairs

To begin with, centro isn't an adjective in Latin, so it can't be used in the same way as recto and verso. I believe that in a document of the type that you're describing, all pages would be said to ...
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Is this printing style common in Latin books?

This 'typesetting leader' was widely in use from early printing times but was not universal, as your examples indicate. In English, it occurs, for example, in Gibbon's History of the Decline & ...
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Is there a word for a typo?

1. Mendum Mendum corresponds exactly to this sense: Gaffiot mendum,¹⁴ ī, n., faute, erreur [dans un texte]mendum,¹⁴ ī, n., faute, erreur [dans un texte] : ; Att. 13, 23, 2 Lewis&Short ...
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On the Windows polytonic Greek keyboard, what is the difference between the accent on q and the accent on semicolon?

This page has some helpful info. On an English keyboard, the accent found on the semicolon renders a tonos (modern); the accent found on the Q renders an oxia (ancient). Basically, these two accents – ...
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Did any other letters than sigma ever have separate end-of-word variants?

The following is from the 'Variant forms' section of From Unicode to Typography, a Case Study: the Greek Script, by Yannis Haralambous (p 7–9). The paper was presented at the 14th International ...
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Did any other letters than sigma ever have separate end-of-word variants?

Beta comes to mind. From wikipedia In some high-quality typesetting, especially in the French tradition, a typographic variant of the lowercase letter without a descender is used within a word for ...
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Latin ligature "qz"?

It must be que. The conjunction -que is very common in Latin, and it is no surprise it has it's own symbol. For example suumque is (almost) the same as et suum and means "and his own". The excerpt you ...
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(Greek) Stylized Alpha

It is just the way they write alpha. In the first one, for example: αναπαυσον την ψυχην αυτου μετα των αγιων ....
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What is a good font for both Latin with diacritics and polytonic Greek

Another free option is DejaVu, from an older project with the same aim as Noto (i.e. trying to cover as much of Unicode as possible). I don't like its look quite as much, but it was my go-to for ...
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What is a good font for both Latin with diacritics and polytonic Greek

Gentium Plus covers the Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic scripts, as well as the IPA, and seems to support the sample texts very well. Gentium is freely published under the SIL Open Font License.
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On the Windows polytonic Greek keyboard, what is the difference between the accent on q and the accent on semicolon?

The third page and section of the documentation you linked to says: Therefore this guess is correct: The semicolon-key accent (the stubby one) belongs to modern Greek, whilst the Q-key accent (the ...
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M N U V confusion in textura

It says Vn~, so vn with a general mark of abbreviation. This mark normally stands for -de if it is written above an -n at the end of a word (provided that -de fits), so it must be unde here, "...
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Latin ligature "qz"?

q + U+0301 (combining acute accent) + U+A76B (et sign) using hlig on all three characters will give you: This combination will appear in Junicode Two (github.com/psb1558/Junicode-font).
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What is "formatting" in Latin?

I would suggest simply the word forma. It means all kinds of things related to shape, size, form, and such. The linked entry in L&S (I.B.2) gives "outline, plan, design (of an architect, etc.)...
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What is a good font for both Latin with diacritics and polytonic Greek

There is also Charis SIL, though I haven't checked against all your requisites: Charis also makes other fonts, like Andika (see same link above): Charis says this about those fonts: "This font ...
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What were the typographical rules for the title pages of New Latin books?

This was not a Latin-specific trend, but a general typesetting trend in early modern Europe. For example, Robert Boyle's Experiments, Notes, &c About the Mechanical Origine or Production of divers ...
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Did any other letters than sigma ever have separate end-of-word variants?

added for completeness Epsilon Epsilon also has two lowercase forms: ε and ϵ (also called lunate, just like the rounded sigma, or uncial.) The distinction seems to be mainly one of periods, not ...
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Is this printing style common in Latin books?

I've even seen this in old books written in other languages as well (including Dutch, English and French). It's a thing they used to do, but usually stopped doing many years ago (it would be great if ...
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Latin ligature "qz"?

For me this is the Unicode Private Use Area character U+E8BF LATIN SMALL LETTER Q LIGATED WITH FINAL ET defined by a Medieval Unicode Font Initiative recommendation, however the diacritical mark ...
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On two types of S in a text from 1759

I think your question has both Latin and typographical elements to it. You are correct in that Greek the letter sigma has two variants: ς, used only at the ends of words, and σ, used elsewhere which ...
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Is it possible to have a single Latin ligature be majuscule and minuscule?

Here is a partial answer. I don't know what kind of forms you can find in historical (e.g. medieval) documents. In normal current typographic practice, no In Latin texts that have been published in ...
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What do brackets and italics mean?

I first came across an answer to this in the USB Greek New Testament, which uses brackets to "indicate that the enclosed word, words, or parts of words may be regarded as part of the text, but ...
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Why is tonos (sometimes) rendered different from oxia?

I don't have an authoritative source for this (I'm just drawing on my own experience), but given that this has gone several months without answers, I'll offer what I can. The fundamental difference ...
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What is a good font for both Latin with diacritics and polytonic Greek

You can use my free Unicode font, Dihjauti. Unlike many fonts, I actually included an i/j dot replacement table, i.e., you can stack diacritics like in Gentium without them overlapping the dot. I ...
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Word for "centered" page as opposed to "recto/verso" pairs

I don't know if it's been suggested anywhere official (so I'd defer to cnread's source), but the first word I thought of that fit what you're looking for ("single-page-at-a-time reading") is ...
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Encoding abbreviated 'quod' in Unicode

Recently the needed glyph has became available in the JuniusX font as a stylistic variant of U+0111 LATIN SMALL LETTER D WITH STROKE (cv06). As the text in question does not contain U+0111 in its ...
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Encoding abbreviated 'quod' in Unicode

I think you're asking for a Unicode glyph to represent the flourished d in the abbreviation. The Unicode standard doesn't have one. However, you might be able to approximate with Latin Small Letter D ...
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