Incline Press Improved Double Case

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This English typecase lay was devised by Graham Moss at the Incline Press and was still in use in 2009. Some letters that are more often used together are brought closer, e.g. x beside e, f beside o. The spacing is closer together, the comma is logically below the semi-colon, and the caps are in full alphabetic order. The empty case configuration is the Improved Double of Caslon (1897) through to Stephenson-Blake of 1989. Note that the caps bay should have the A H O V box rows all the same size, and larger than the 1 and 8 box rows.

Contrast this lay with some other versions of the Improved Double which feature putting the figures in the top right rows:
Caslon 1897
a traditional lay, with e.g. thins above i, j above d, k next to g and q next to r and fi above ems and U J at end of alphabet
Reading University 2002 via Reading Technical College
e.g. p above i and k next to b and ffl above ems
Old Clewer Steam Press 2001
e.g. caps in strict alphabetic order and ; next to fl
John Jarrold Printing Museum 2001 via Broad Jesse
e.g. thins next to fl and mids above i
Camberwell College of Arts 2001
e.g. ; next to l
Lindley & Maggs 1980 for British Printing Society
v above i and j next to l and w above g and p above f and fi next to w
Alembic Press 1974-2009
e.g. q next to l and k next to j and fl above ffl and caps in alphabetic order
Heffer & Sons 1970s
e.g. hairs above z
Southern College of Art 1970s
e.g. ct next to fl and st next to ff and thins above z
Simon 1969 via Curwen Press
e.g. £ above & and ens above i

Other empty cases
ie with the boxes left blank
Other type layouts
ie with characters assigned to boxes
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This page was written in 2009 by David Bolton and last updated 3 March 2009.