Empty Syriac Case

                                                                                                  
         
         
         
         
           
         
         
          


This German case configuration for Syriac matches the case lay shown in Wolffger: Neu-auffgesetztes Format-Büchlein (1673), reprinted by Technische Universitšt Darmstadt, Darmstadt, 1987. There are 84 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 three and six boxes along, as shown above, but the source does not make this very clear.

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