Empty Arabic Case

                                                                                                                                      
                 
                 
               
                
                 
                 
                 
             


This German case configuration for Arabic matches the case lay shown in Wolffger: Neu-auffgesetztes Format-Büchlein (1673), reprinted by Technische Universitšt Darmstadt, Darmstadt, 1987. The case has 128 boxes. There is probably a wider horizontal bar between the top three rows of boxes and the bottom six rows, and also a wider vertical bar five boxes and possibly ten boxes along, as shown above, but the source does not make this very clear.

Wolffger also showed a case for Fraktur, and Antiqua (Roman), and Hebrew, and Syriac, and Russian. The 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 16 December 2013.