Caxton's Case

3brcidoen¸foffu in¸im¸ll+lunu´p~qp~re|itvve
4 codrerfrbcdeifs:paqp'ri|ltrvo
5 crWetfupeunro|otu||
7Xcuwaexffapp ru||u||o||e
8xZweezffeurtlen quad
and spaces
.ye&em quads

The layout is that reconstructed by William Blades in The Biography and Typography of William Caxton (1877) as being a possible scheme of Caxton's typecase (c1480). Blades shows all the characters as italic, but they are shown here as roman, for legibility. Note that the lay has a considerable number of ligatures.

Many of the accents and characters are not easily displayed here. Thus the boxes with n¸ and similar represent the terminal versions of n etc. and the r¸¸ is a double terminal flourish. The boxes with | are long s. The ye etc should have e as a superscript. The d¹ is a d with a swash ascender. The qp should be joined as one letter. The b~ etc should have the tilde above the letter. The b+ etc should have a straight cross stroke similar to a strikethrough. The J should be a swash J.

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This page was written in 1997 by David Bolton.