London School of Printing Double Case

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This English type layout is given in Atkins: Art & Practice of Printing, vol I, Sayers & Stuart: The Composing Room (1930s) as that in use at the London School of Printing. In essence it is simply their Upper and Lower lays combined, with the exclusion of the small caps. The q has been moved to above the z box, an improvement recommended by Southward in the Printers Register of 1880, as it is then closer to the u box. The k has replaced the q, rather than moving ; down, as many later lays do, for example the Sheffield Double of 1963.

The case configuration matches the Ordinary Double shown by Southward: Practical Printing 1882, Miller & Richard: Specimen (1897), Stephenson, Blake & Co.: Printing Material & Machinery (1922), Caslon: Printing Types & Materials (1925) and Miller & Richard: Printing Machinery & Material (nd same period). It has seven rows of boxes in the upper case bay. This style of case differs from the Improved Double cases of, for example, Southward with five upper case rows, or Sheffield with six rows.

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This page was written in 1997 by David Bolton and last updated 14 April 2015.