Adams Upper Case

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4
1
--
2
3
--
4
1
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8
3
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8
5
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8
7
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3
2
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3
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A
 
BCDEFG ABCDEFG
 
H
 
IJK LMN HIJKLMN
 
O
 
PQRSTU OPQRSTU
  
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The layout is T.F.Adams plan given in his Typographia (1844). It differs from other Upper case lays in that the J and U boxes are in alphabetic sequence, whereas the traditional lays have J and U in boxes at the end of the alphabet. It also omits ffl and puts it in the lower case. Apart from these differences, and repositioning & and dot leaders, etc the lay is followed by later versions such as Hamilton of 1892. Other lays of the period, such as MacKellar of 1870, and Van Winkle of 1818, have the caps on the left and the small caps on the right.

The boxes with A, etc are the small caps. The box is really a single dagger, and a double dagger. The boxes , , are really bottom, middle and top of a 3 piece brace. The - is an en rule, the -- is an em rule, the --- is a 2em rule and ---- 3em. The { is a 2em brace and { a 3em brace.

The companion Lower case lay is Adams. The empty Upper configuration is the traditional Upper of Moxon (1683) and onwards, with all boxes the same size. Many later U.S. cases have the A to W rows larger than the other rows, eg Henry of 1917.

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ie with the boxes left blank
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This page was written in 2001 by David Bolton and last updated 21 September 01.