Hansard's New Upper Case

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This English layout is that shown by Hansard: Typographia (1825), reprinted Thoemmes 1998, as the lay in use after the long s was discarded. It is also shown in the Encyclopaedia Britannica 9th edition (1888) and 11th edition (1911). It is almost the same as the Upper of Luckombe: The History and Art of Printing (1771), apart from using the long s boxes for spacing, and swapping ‡ and §. Johnson's Typographia of 1824 has a slightly different New Upper, in particular with numerals in different rows and with k still in the Upper case.

Note that the boxes with A,B, etc are small caps, and that all the caps are still in the top rows of the case. However, the Encyclopaedia Britannica also notes that the compositor picked out of the boxes seldom less than 1500 letters per hour, and distributed or replaced them at about 5000 per hour.

The empty case configuration is that of Moxon, and Smith (1755), Luckombe (1771), Stower (1808), Johnson (1824), Savage (1841), Tomlinson (1853), Mackellar (1870), Miller & Richard (1873), Southward (1882), Barnhart Bros & Spindler's News (1890s), Stephenson Blake & Co (1922), Caslon (1925) etc. The companion Lower is the Hansard New case.

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This page was written in 1998 by David Bolton and last updated 17 April 2015.