Maori Lower Case

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This case was made in 1835 for William Colenso, as described in McKenzie: Oral culture, literacy & print in early New Zealand (1985). Because the Maori language uses less characters than English, only 38 boxes are needed, rather than the normal 53 or 54, and thus the case manages to include both roman and italic. Note that the case partition is off-centre. The actual type lay is Maori Lower and the companion upper case is Maori Upper.

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This page was written in 1999 by David Bolton and last updated 17 November 1999.