Caxa Alta y Baxa

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This Spanish typecase lay is reproduced by Moll (El Crotalòn 1984) from de Paredes: Institvción y Origen del Arte de la Imprenta (c1680). Some clarification is needed as to whether it is one large case, or, as with Moxon, two separate cases. The difference between the two upper case alphabets also needs to be clarified. Whilst there is K there is no k, and whilst there is j there is no J. There is u but no U. There is neither w nor W. Note, however, that Moxon in 1683 shows all these characters, eg Upper and Lower.

The box with ¦ represents a single dagger. The | represents the long s. The q¯ represents q with long accent. The e, should be e with cedilla.

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This page was written in 1999 by David Bolton and last updated 8 August 1999.