Empty German Fraktur Case

 
 
                 
                    
 
 
                
              
  
              
  
 
 
           
 
 
           


This German case configuration matches that shown in Wolffger: Neu-auffgesetztes Format-Büchlein (1673), reprinted by Technische Universitšt Darmstadt, Darmstadt, 1987. The case has 109 boxes, but it is not clear from the engraving whether the four sub-divided boxes are part of the construction, as shown here, or are simply made by inserting a loose rule. The Fraktur type lay is Fraktur Single.

Wolffger also showed a case for Antiqua (Roman), and for Arabic, and Hebrew, and Russian, and Syriac. 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 15 December 2013.