Empty German Roman Case


This German case configuration matches the Latin case lay shown in Vietor & Redinger: Format-Büchlein (1679), reprinted by Verlag Renate Raecke, Darmstadt c.1983 and also shown in Gaskell, The Lay of the Case, in Bowers, Studies in Bibliography, vol 22, Virginia, 1969. The case has 151 boxes. The type lay is Roman Single. Wolffger in 1673 shows a somewhat similar Roman Single case, but with 161 boxes, as he shows more accented letters.

This pattern of one single case for a fount of type continued as the norm in Germany, eg Genzmer in 1961. However, in U.K. and U.S., the norm became separate Upper and Lower cases, eg Moxon Upper and Moxon Lower of 1683, etc.

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This page was written in 2013 by David Bolton and last updated 17 December 2013.