Plantin Lower Case

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This Belgian lay matches the (undated) Plantinian old pattern divided lay, as drawn by Wortman, in Gaskell: The Lay of the Case, in Bowers: Studies in Bibliography vol 22 (1969). The empty configuration is Plantin Lower and the companion Upper case is Plantin Upper.

Note that there are effectively 3 rows of boxes, unlike U.K. and U.S. cases, which have 3½ rows. Numerals are in the top row, 'lower' case letters and puncuation, ligatures and spacing in the other rows. The | represents the long s. There are several other versions of this lay, on display in the Plantin-Moretus Museum, for example Hoogen Tekst Romein which similarly has the figures on the left, and Middelbaar Canon which has the figures on the right.

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This page was written in 1998 by David Bolton and last updated 24 November 2008.