Empty 'MacKellar' Greek Lower Case


This typecase construction has 44 boxes and matches the Greek Lower of MacKellar, The American Printer (5th ed 1870 and still in 17th ed 1889), and De Vinne, Practice of Typography - Modern Methods of Book Composition (1904 and 1914), American Type Founders, American Line Type Book (1906), Barnhardt Bros & Spindler Book of Type Specimens No.9 (1907), Hamilton Manufacturing Company Modern Cabinets, Furniture and Materials for Printers, Catalog 14 (c.1907), American Type Founders, Specimen (1923). The equivalent Upper Case is Greek Upper. In 1841, Savage showed a Greek New lower case that is almost identical, except that the tau box is divided vertically into two, and MacKellar has no box for thins above the epsilon box. MacKellar's case is almost the same as Southward, of 1887, except Southward still has a box for thins above the epsilon box, and also divides the rho box horizontally into two.

In the 1866 2nd edition, MacKellar shows only 42 boxes, ie there is no horizontal division of the two narrow boxes in the bottom row. However, no other Greek Lower case does this, and it is probably an artist's mistake, corrected by the time of the 5th edition (if not before).

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This page was written in 1997 by David Bolton and last updated 15 January 2016.