Italian Upper Case

 AE  OE   W    Ç    È    É    Ê    Ë     á    é    í     ó    ú    w    V-    R-  
STUVXYZ âêîôûçaeoe
IJLMNOPQ äëïöük=--
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This Italian lay is that in Lockwood: American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking (1894). The box with # represents a cross, and the a e etc are superiors. V- and R- are Versicle and Response. Note the position of w and k and W, unlike in US/UK cases, and that J and U are in alphabetic order.

The companion Lower Case is Italian Lower. Lockwood notes that these two are separate cases, the Upper being some 5/8 as high as the Lower. A later version shown in Enciclopedia Italiana in 1937 may have become combined with the Lower, and certainly by 1963, Hostettler shows a single combined case.

The empty case configuration is Italian Upper.

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This page was written in 1999 by David Bolton and last updated 24 November 2008.