German Latin (Roman) Case

  A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R    S  
ſſiſſſiſsturvxyz ]['
   bca edgfff 

This German case configuration matches the Latin case lay shown in Vietor & Redinger: Format-Büchlein (1679), reprinted by Verlag Renate Raecke, Darmstadt c.1983 and also shown in Gaskell, The Lay of the Case, in Bowers, Studies in Bibliography, vol 22, Virginia, 1969. The case has 151 boxes. The empty case construction is Roman Single. Wolffger in 1673 shows a somewhat similar Roman Single case, but with 161 boxes, as he shows more accented letters.

The following characters are conjectured, and may not be correct: § (it is on a slant in the original), ck might be et (i.e. &), ¶ is an acorn in the original (cf. Granjon leaf?), 9 is the con.. contraction, ɔ may be a comma.

This pattern of one single case for a fount of type continued as the norm in Germany, eg Genzmer in 1961. 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 2013 by David Bolton and last updated 18 December 2013.