Smith Lower Case No.2

ct[ ]aeoe  '    j       e           s     ( ) ?  !  ;  |l  fl 
&bcd i|fg |h||ff
ffilmnh oypqwenem
zvutspacear ,:quad

This English lay is the No.2 lay shown by Smith: The Printer's Grammar (1755), reprinted Gregg 1965 (in their English Bibliographical Sources series). This lay is followed by Luckombe (1771), Stower (No.1) (1808) and Johnson (1824) - on the old plan, except that they all reverse , and q. It differs from Smith's No.1 lay in not having hair spaces or ç and having j in a different position, and also in having f|i and ffi ligatures in the lower case. The Smith No.2 is the companion Upper lay.

The empty case configuration is Smith Lower.

Note that | represents the long s. Also, thicks, mids and thins are still in one box. Davis & Carter note that Johnson was the first to show the spacing split up, eg see Johnson New Lower case lay.

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This page was written in 1998 by David Bolton and last updated 20 November 2008.