18th Century French Lower Case

*ç   é   -'e 12345678
---bc   d    sha
f gh90
zlmni opqwffiken
y fi:em
xvutspacear .,quad

The lay is that given in Lockwood: American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking (1894). The companion Upper case is Lockwood. Lockwood also shows an Old case lay, as used in the country, which is almost the same apart from gaining ; and ffi and swapping some spacing. Legros (1916) shows another version, again slightly changing only the right hand side, and with ; but without ffi.

Note that j and ; are in the Upper, and é and ç in the Lower. The box with --- is for em dash. The Lower lay is similar to Diderot (1751) except that the long s has been dropped, and for example & has moved to the Upper and w to the Lower. Even as late as 1940, OUP still followed the French pattern of putting i in the box where English/U.S. lays put h.

The actual configuration is the same as Diderot, and differs from English/US cases, eg the style of the w ffi k en and --- boxes, and the é box.

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This page was written in 1998 by David Bolton and last updated 23 January 2006.