Single Cases

Most single cases are squarer in shape than the rectangular Upper, Lower, Job and Double cases. As their name implies, the cases hold full founts, i.e. both upper and lower case characters together. Listed below are the cases that are divided into five, six or nine bays, usually by two vertical and one horizontal partition. The dates shown are either when published or when viewed, and therefore are not necessarily the earliest appearance of the case. Each case listed can link to a more descriptive page, showing the case layout, and usually a further link to the layout of the type. Note that most of the layouts have been written using html tables, and over time, the way browsers interpret the tables has changed, thus sometimes distorting the diagram. Also, the dimensions of the case so shown are dynamic, and should not be regarded as absolute, and many cases will appear more rectangular than they should. In due course, layouts will be corrected, but unless the source of the information actually states the case dimensions, the diagram may still be conjectural.

The row count, viewed at the left hand end of the case, states e.g.
8 if 8 horizontal rows.
3+6 if 9 horizontal rows, 3 in the top section and 6 in the bottom section.
9 (12) if 9 rows in most parts, but a few boxes subdivided horizontally, thus making up to 12 rows in places.

Empty CasesNo.of rowsNo.of boxes on the leftNo.of boxes in centreNo.of boxes on the rightTotal no. of boxes
Five bays in the case
La Casse Deberney (Audin 1929)(7+6)+9517127149
Six bays in the case
Russian Single Case (Wolffger 1673)7 (10)343738109
Arabic Single Case (Wolffger 1673)9454043128
Hebrew Single Case (Wolffger 1673)9 (12)466557168
Syriac Single Case (Wolffger 1673)929282784
German Single Case (Lockwood 1894)4+6363439109
German Single Case (Legros & Grant 1916)4+6323435101
German Fraktur Case (Bauer 1917)4+6363538109
German Antiqua Case (Bauer 1917)4+6483940127
German Antiqua mit Kapitalschen Case (Bauer 1917)4+8614748156
Italian Single Case (Hostettler 1949, 1963)(5or6)+1+552 79131
Modello Rossi (Gallavrini 1966)(5or6)+1+552 74126
Swiss Quadruple Case (Ecomusèe Voltaire 2004) (7or8)+(7or8)55+553+4**55+55227
**The central section of 1 box width has 3 boxes in top section and 4 in the bottom section
9 bays in a case
Vietnamese Case (Vien-Hung c.1966) 3+6+2451461120

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ie with the boxes left blank
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This page was written in 2014 by David Bolton and last updated 19 January 2015