New Norcia Double Cases

As with many printing establishments, case lays can vary, and the following variations in double case lays have been encountered at the Abbey Press in New Norcia, Westen Australia. One complete case lay is New Norcia Double, as shown below, although this particular case does not include ffi and ffl. Other New Norcia cases have different arrangements in the top and bottom rows, and down the left hand side. These boxes are all where the less used characters and punctuation are located, and as can be seen, some of the variation is caused, for example, by the extra ct and st characters, or lack of ae and oe or other characters, present in the particular size of the particular fount (cases number M are Canberra Old Style). There is a general lack of consistency with positioning & £ ligatures, etc. and indeed, of the twenty double cases so far recorded, no one lay has been quite the same. Once everything has been recorded, the lays may be regularised for ease of use, but note, however, the position of y - the few empty boxes shown being where y is in the more normal position between o and p boxes.

Full Case
flfffij k e   y   123456';!?( )/£
&bcdis fg78 
A
 
BCDEFG
(90HIKLMNO
hrlmnhomidp,w enem
hrPQRSTVW
zvu tthickar q:2, 3, 4
em quad
x.-XYZAEOEUJ


The variations so far recorded are as follows
Top Row of each Case
flfffij k e   y   123456';!?( )/£
£?'(j k    y   123456    ?!:
'''?!j k    y   123456&/  ;  
    j k  123456';?!([£
 flfffij k y123456';!?   
 flfffij k y123456';!?£)]
    j k  123456';!?([&
    j k  123456;'(!?$ 
   j k  123456';!?[$ 
£( 'kj   y   123456  !?   
£ct st[(j k    y   123456/'&Ö?:!
£ffl  j k    y   123456'!?)] :
&flfffij k    y   123456';!?( )[ $£
&flfffij k    y   123456';!?£([
flfffi j k    y   123456';!?£([
    j k mids123456':!?($£
fiflffifflj k  123456';?!([£
£&[(j k y123456'OEAE?! :
 ffflfij k y123456';!?hr((£
    j k y123456';!?£& 
£   j k thin123456'(!?&$
  
Case No.
 
A6
A10
B7
G7
H4
I5
K10
K13
L6
M7†
M8*
M9
M10
M11
N9
S8
S18
T10
T14
Œ4
*Case M8 has seven rows in the upper case section, so is able to have one row with boxes for ct and st
†Case M7 has seven rows in the upper case section, so is able to have one row with boxes for fl ff and ;

Left Hand Side
£'     £££&&fl fi£  £
&&£ ffi ffl&  &&&ff&ff& ffflfflfi ff 
(ffl ffi   ffl   ffl ffiffl ffiflffifflffi& fiffifl ffi ffl 
hrff fl fi &hrffi&  fffififflffiffl&&ff ffl (hr
hr   hr    fi fl?ffi hrhrhrhr ffi&hrq
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    
Bottom Right Row
XYZAEOEUJ
XYZtnhrUJ
XYZ  UJ
XYZ  UJ
XYZ  UJ
XYZ  UJ
XYZ  UJ
XYZ  UJ
XYZ UJ 
XYZhr UJ
XYZhr UJ
XYZhrhrUJ
XYZct staeUJ
XYZct st/UJ
XYZct st/UJ
XYZ  JU
XYZ  JU
XYZoeaeJU
XYZ hrUJ
XYZ  UJ
XYZhrhrUJ




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This page was written in 2017 by David Bolton and last updated 20 November 2017.