Empty Roman Single Case


This German case configuration matches that shown in Wolffger: Neu-auffgesetztes Format-Büchlein (1673) reprinted by Technische Universitšt Darmstadt, Darmstadt, 1987, and is also reproduced in Gaskell: The Lay of the Case, in Bowers: Studies in Bibliography vol 22 (1969). The case has 161 boxes, although two of these are (probably) made by inserting a rule diagonally, so the physical construction may be of only 159 boxes, as shown above. The type lay is Roman Single. There is possibly a wider horizontal bar between the top four rows of caps and accents, and the bottom rows of lower case, but the sources do not make this clear.

Wolffger also showed a case for Fraktur, and Arabic, and Hebrew, and Russian, and Syriac. This pattern of one single case for a fount of type continued as the norm in Germany, eg Bauer in 1917. However, in U.K. and U.S., the norm became separate Upper and Lower cases, eg Moxon Upper and Moxon Lower of 1683, etc.

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This page was written in 1998 by David Bolton and last updated 18 December 2013.