Friday, June 25, 2010

Hebrew type cases, a Palmyrene wingding and a Judeo-Spanish listing of the 8 articles of faith.

Here's a sample of a printer's case of movable type for Hebrew, from a 1904 book called The practice of typography: modern methods of book composition by Theodore Low De Vinne.

Here's one from 1841:


Finally, sometimes I save the most interesting stuff for last for those who are still reading.

Here's an attempt to explain a strange character in a Palmyrene inscription in this book by analogy with abbreviations in rabbinical writing (using interesting typographical characters):

Here is S. Salome, the author's, pretentious yet touching finish to that book:

This is from the book Narrative of a journey from Constantinople to England (1828):