18th Century French Upper Case

  A    B    C    D    E    F    G   ABCDEFG
ÉÈÊAEOE;W   ffl    AE    OE    W    Ç           !   
àèìòùÇ fl§]¦  ?
»oUJjer ffëïü   

The layout is shown by Lockwood: American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking (1894) and he also shows a very similar Country version, for example which has ; in the lower case, ffi and more superiors in the upper case, and W on the right. The caps broadly follow Diderot (1751) but the signs and some accents and ligatures are in different places, and the long s ligatures have been dropped. The companion Lower is Lockwood.

The boxes with A,B, etc are for small caps and with e, r etc., are for superscripts. The ¦ box is a single dagger. Note the location of W, treated like a ligature, and that like Diderot, the j fl ff ffl and ; are in the Upper case and é and ç are in the Lower case.

The empty configuration is that of Moxon, and Diderot (1751), Smith (1755), Luckombe (1771), Stower (1808), Savage (1841), Mackellar (1870), Southward (1887) , Barnhart Bros & Spindler's News (1890s), Stephenson Blake & Co (1922), etc.

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