New Norcia Double Case

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This Australian typecase lay is that used by the Abbey Press at New Norcia in Western Australia probably from c.1945 and still in use in 2013, though no longer as the Abbey Press. Note that the usual mid+thin box above the i box is here used for y. This may stem from the new printer at New Norcia in the 1940's coming from Austria, as Austrian type lays have y (and x) in roughly this position, although the case construction is very different, for example Niel 1925. There being more y than x in the English lay, this larger box was used for the y.

In some variations, New Norcia have replaced ( and hr by ffi and ffl, and fl ff fi by ; ( [ and the AE and OE by spacing.

The layout diagram is not quite correct, as in the upper case (right hand) bay, the top row is of small boxes, as shown, but the other four rows below it should all be the same size. The Monastery has three styles of double case, with 1 short row and four tall rows in the upper (right hand) bay (e.g. Southward's Improved Double), with 7 rows the same size (e.g. Southward's Ordinary Double), and with 2 short rows and four tall rows (e.g. Caslon's Improved Double).

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This page was written in 2013 by David Bolton and last updated 14 January 2013.