Empty Savage New Greek Lower Case


This typecase construction matches the New Greek Lower shown by Savage: A Dictionary of the Art of Printing (1841), being the one in use by Spottiswoode. He also shows an Old Greek Lower, which is very close to Johnson's Greek Lower (1824) except that Johnson divided one of the tau boxes horizontally (for spacing). Savage's New Greek is almost followed by MacKellar's Greek Lower of 1870, except that MacKellar does not have the box for thins above the epsilon box, and does not divide the tau box at all, whereas Savage has the two narrow boxes, for the two versions of the tau character. This division is not really necessary in Savage's New case, as only one version of tau is in use, and the other box is empty, but is presumably left over from the Old Lower, where both tau were still used. (See Greek Cases for the actual lay of the Old Case). By 1882, Southward showed the one large tau box, like MacKellar.

Savage's companion Upper case is the Greek Upper of Stower, et al.

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This page was written in 1998 by David Bolton and last updated 27 December 01.