Spurrell's Lower Case

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?bcd isf g78
qlmnh oymd,wenem
zv    u        t    thick    a        r     thn;:quads

This English lay is that given in Southward: Practical Printing (1882 and 5th ed 1900), as Spurrell's improved lay. The Spurrell Upper lay is the companion Upper lay. The improvements are, for example, to move the figures close to the em and en quadrats, and also to avoid the liability of 1 2 and 3 falling into the 8 9 and 0 boxes. The middle and thin spaces are separated, and placed conveniently between the thicks and ens, thus also avoiding the mids and thins from overflowing into the i box. And q u c k ; en are respectively nearer each other. The only constructional change is to divide up the r box, to accommodate the thin spacing. The 1 s and y boxes should not be as wide as shown above.

Some other Lower case lays given by Southward are an Old lay, an Improved lay, a Times Office lay, and an American lay.

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This page was written in 2015 by David Bolton and last updated 25 April 2015.